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Wilderness Writers Workshop

  • 26 May 2012
  • 9:00 AM
  • 28 May 2012
  • 2:00 PM
  • Hope, Alaska


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Join Alaska Writers Guild members for a holiday weekend wilderness writer’s workshop and retreat in Hope, Alaska. The program includes a personal evaluation of your work, workshop instruction, networking with authors, time to wander wilderness trails beside mountain streams, or to relax in a retreat or B&B with your notebook.



May 26, 27, 28 – Wilderness Writers Workshop


A reflective drive from Anchorage, Hope is a fantastic place to write. Filled with serenity, nestled between rivers, and surrounded by wildlife, the ambience is for writers.

This retreat is limited to 15 writers.
Registration Deadline Extended to May 18th

To ensure your space, payment must be received by May 18, 2012

Submit 15 pages of your work (novel chapter / essay / article / etc.) to be reviewed by award-winning Alaska writer Nick Jans (teacher and writer of non-fiction, essays, and magazine work; and winner of Rasmussen Foundation grant to write a novel).  He is a contributing editor to Alaska Magazine and has been a columnist for USA Today for years. Nick will review your writing and work with you throughout the retreat and prepare you for publication.

All genres welcome.  Here is your opportunity to get out of your usual environment and away from distractions and focus solely on your writing.  Come to learn, to interact with accomplished writers, and to ask questions and get feedback on your work in a personal setting.  Staying in a retreat within Hope’s pristine wilderness, the fresh air and quiet is just what you need.  We offer a social retreat, but there are many options available including quiet cabins or cozy B&Bs.  The surrounding bird songs and natural wilderness will inspire you.  And to help you along the way, Nick Jans will take you through personal instruction and workshops focusing on your strengths and weaknesses, and preparing you for publication. Leave with a new network of authors, valuable lessons and ideas, and a revived passion for writing. 





“Hope is a scenic 88 mile drive from Anchorage. Gold rush buildings still charm downtown Hope, the white and green store has been serving customers since 1896. The log Social Hall, built in 1902, still hosts community meetings, dances, and weddings and the 1938 red schoolhouse now serves Hope as a library. You can dip a gold pan into Resurrection Creek and glean gold from the black sand or cast a fishing line for salmon. Bring a camera. The Chugach Mountains and Turnagain Arm tidal flats boast eagles, moose, mountain goats, and berries. Enjoy camping at Porcupine or Cour D’Alene Campgrounds.”




A central located Hope Retreat provides common room lodging for 15 people, including a dorm room with cots and mattresses, living room, indoor bathroom and full kitchen.  The retreat also has a nice big deck for outdoor viewing.

If you need accommodations other than the common retreat room, local camping and B&Bs are available. Please visit to reserve a private room or cabin.


Time and Agenda


This retreat will begin and end on time. Please allow time for parking and check-in at the retreat. Bring a laptop, notebook and pen; Hope School will be utilized for classroom workshops.


  • 9:00 to 10:00: Check-in and Introductions
  • 10:00 to 12:00: Writing reviews and critique
  • 12:00 to 2:00: Lunch, time to explore Hope and/or write on your own
  • 2:00 to 5:00: Craft Workshop – Elements of an essay or memoir; writing an essay; essay / memoir markets; the economics of writing and selling essays; books of essays.  Uncover the true potential of your writing. 
  • 5:00 to 6:00: Q & A              

Assignment: write 1,500 words for tomorrow.



  • 9:00 to 12:00: Craft Workshop – elements of fiction; outlining for clarity and direction. 
  • 12:00 to 1:00: Lunch
  • 1:00 to 3:00: Reading aloud; critiquing; editing; Q&A
  • 3:00 to 5:00: Book signing/radio/tv/magazine reality interview lessons and practice.
  • 5:00 to?:  Network and/or write on your own


  • 9:00 to 11:00: Craft Workshop – magazine writing; style, length, markets, prices paid, elements of magazine writing and what editors want today.
  • 11:00 to 12:00: Craft Workshop – Self Publishing. Elements of self-publishing; what works and what doesn’t and why.  How to avoid the traps in self-publishing or assisted publishing.  Sell to Barnes & Noble; Costco, indie book stores; get local and national distribution; get promotion.
  • 12:00 to 2:00: Lunch and Check-out



Fees, Registration, and deadlines



AWG Member Cost: $275*         

Non-Member Cost: $295*

Final date for registration: Friday, May 18, 2012
This retreat is limited to 15 writers

*Cost includes professional review and critique of your example writing, 3 days of workshop instruction, and 2 nights stay at the retreat.

Registration and Payment
Please see above
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