Alaska Writers Guild 
  Supporting Alaska's Writers




Upcoming events

    • 12 Sep 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • 14 Sep 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Crowne Plaza, Anchorage, AK
    • 50

    2014 Alaska Writers Guild Annual Conference
    in conjunction with
    SCBWI Alaska 

    Saturday, September 13 &

    Sunday, September 14


    Crowne Plaza Hotel

    Anchorage, Alaska


    The Alaska Writers Guild is set for a fantastic 2014 conference featuring nationally acclaimed editors, agents, and authors, as well as local authors and illustrators. Once again we will also be offering a children's literarure and illustration track in conjunction with The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.


    Click here for a detailed list of this year's faculty

    Click here for a preliminary conference schedule


    The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. Morning coffee and refreshments and lunches are also included with your registration.


     This year, we will also be offering:

    • A Saturday Evening Awards Banquet to honor scholarship winners, AWG Writer of the Year, Most Promising Manuscript recipients, and winners of the Juried Illustrator Showcase. This will be one of the premier events of the conference, so don't miss out!
    • A juried illustrator portfolio display on Saturday afternoon prior to the awards banquet. (Available for SCBWI or AWG Members Only).
    • Tables for Author Book Sales on Saturday afternoon prior to the awards banquet. (Available for SCBWI or AWG Members Only).

    *Please see below for fees accompanying these events


    Friday Optional Workshop Intensives


    On Friday, September 12, Alaska Pacific University will host a variety of optional interactive workshops from 1-4pm, which offer a more in-depth experience with faculty on a specific subject. Bring your manuscript and be ready to write! This year's intensive faculty include Self-publishing and marketing with Jon Fine of, an Author intensive with Lee Goodman, and an SCBWI children's literature workshop with Tricia Lawrence of Erin Murphy Literary. For more information on this year’s workshop fees, see below.



    Manuscript Reviews

    (Submissions Closed)


    Many of our conference faculty also offer manuscript reviews for the first 10 pages of your manuscript, including an optional query letter or synopsis. Critiques are then presented in a face-to-face format during the conference. All submitted manuscripts are eligible to be nominated for a "Most Promising Manucript" Award, as designated by critquing faculty. This year attendees have the option of signing up for multiple manuscript reviews. Last year, available slots for manuscript reviews sold out, so be sure to register early! For more information on manuscript reviews, click here. 


    Hotel Reservations

    Treat yourself to a mini “Writing Vacation,” avoid traffic, and stay at the hotel for the conference! The Alaska Writers Guild has negotiated a conference room rate of $189 plus tax. To make a reservation, contact the Crowne Plaza at (907) 433-4100 or 1 (800) 948-0424 and mention the Alaska Writers Guild Conference.



    Conference  Registration Options

    Alaska Writers Guild Conference 

    Saturday, September 13 & Sunday, September 14


     o  Access to two full days of breakout sessions and speakers, including SCBWI Saturday breakout sessions

    Saturday evening Awards Reception

    Saturday lunch with faculty and Sunday critique group & genre table lunch

     Breakfast Saturday & Sunday included

    Access to optional workshops and manuscript critiques



       Through June 30


    July 31 


    September 12

     AWG Member  $195  $225    $255
     Non-Member  $240 $270  $290


    SCBWI Children's Literature Track

    Saturday, September 13 


      o  Access to Saturday panels and keynotes, and SCBWI  breakout sessions

      Saturday coffee and refreshments, and lunch with faculty

      Access to optional workshops and manuscript critiques





    June 30


    July 31 


    September 12

     SCBWI Member  $90 $105   $120
     Non-Member  $120 $135  $150



    Optional Fees

       Friday Workshops Manuscript Reviews  Saturday Evening Awards Banquet 
    AWG Member  $45 $45 $40
     SCBWI Member $45 $45 $40
    Non-member  $60 $60  $40



      Juried Illustrator Portfolio Display

    Book Sale & Signing Table

    AWG or SCBWI Member  $20 $20
    Non-member  N/A N/A


    Become a Sponsor

    Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available for this year's conference. If you or your company are interested in hearing more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bobbi Porter at or Gretchen Wemhoff at


    How to Register


    Please click on the registration button on the LEFT side of the screen in the BLUE information box. Follow the prompted steps. Payment will be by credit card through a secure payment gateway. To pay by check, please complete the online registration form and mail your payment to:          


    Alaska Writers Guild

    P.O. Box 670014

    Chugiak, AK 99567




    Several scholarships are available for college students and non-college students alike.

    For non-college students: The AWG Scholarship application form is available here

    For college students: The Doris Dearborn Scholarship application form is available here.




    For inquires about the Alaska Writers Guild Conference, please contact the 2014 Conference Chair, Brooke Hartman, at



    • 11 Oct 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Loussac Library, Anchorage
    Calling all Published Alaskan Authors! 

    Don't miss the chance to sell your books and meet new readers at the second annual Great Alaska Book Fair, a collaboration between the Alaska Writers Guild, the Loussac Library, Alaska Pacific University (APU), and 49 Writers to celebrate Alaska Book Week. 
    The Great Alaska Book Fair 
    will take place in Anchorage on 
    Saturday, October 11, from 10:00am to 5:00pm 
    in the Loussac Library lower level
    (Outside the Wilda Marston Theater)
    All published Alaskan authors in the realm of creative writing are invited to participate. The fee for a Book Fair table is $20 for a half-table and $35 for a full table. Table set-up will take place the morning of Saturday, October 11th from 8:30pm - 10:00am.
    Authors must be residents of Alaska, but your books do not need to be about or take place in Alaska. You will be responsible for selling your own books, and either the author or your representative must be present at all times. 
    This event will be free and open to the public. 

    Highlights will include an author guest speaker 
    in the Wilda Marston Theater
    on Saturday, October 11 at 6:00pm

    Registration deadline for all events is October 1st. For more information, email Brooke Hartman at or visit the Alaska Book Week website

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