Alaska Writers Guild 
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Upcoming events

    • 18 Sep 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • 20 Sep 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Crowne Plaza, Anchorage, AK
    • 150

    2015 Alaska Writers Guild Annual Conference
    in conjunction with
    SCBWI Alaska 

    Saturday, September 19 &

    Sunday, September 20


    Crowne Plaza Hotel

    Anchorage, Alaska


    The Alaska Writers Guild is set for a fantastic 2015 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.



    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 18, 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!



    Manuscript Reviews


    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!



    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 19 & Sunday, September 20


     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  $  $   $
     Non-Member  $ $  $


    SCBWI Children's Literature Track

    Saturday, September 19 


      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  $ $  $
     Non-Member  $ $  $



    Optional Fees

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



      Juried Illustrator Portfolio Display

    Book Sale & Signing Table

    AWG or SCBWI Member  $ $
    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

    (Official Registration coming May 2015)


    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 2015 Conference Chair, Brooke Hartman, at



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