Selected from participant feedback forms:

  • The ability for writers to spend time with professionals and learn all sides of publishing
  • Content was focused on real tool that expand the skills sets for writing
  • As usual, the openness, receptiveness, and expertise of presenters
  • So many great presenters
  • The practical pointers for drafting a first page and query letter
  • Quality of staff, number/types of workshops, atmosphere, intensity
  • Accessibility and friendliness of presenters, moderators and attendees
  • Inspiration
  • Strong, welcoming, friendly community
  • Meeting with the agent
  • A cohesive sense of purpose and celebration of writing by everyone in all forms, inclusiveness
  • Great faculty! Wonderful variety
  • Diversity of workshops and panels. Amazing wonderful presenters. Emphasis on writing across genres and how to hybridize
  • Very accomplished faculty of writers and teachers, many of whom are Alaskan
  • Time to write in workshops
  • Gaining new information, meeting professional writers and professionals in related fields
  • Relaxed exposure to other writers
  • The sessions, open mic, agent reviews, readings
  • Jane Smiley was very generous with her presentations/insights
  • Organization, variety, staying on tie, friendliness
  • The terrific variety and opportunities available, the synergy was tangible
  • The balance of poetry, fiction and nonfiction
  • The variety of the session, the quality of the feedback, the attention to timing
  • Sharing with friends, hearing others writing, surprise creations
  • Hearing participants work
  • Meeting others at a similar development stage as I am
  • I love the strong various tracks to choose from.
  • Connecting with other writers
  • The bonfire, reception gatherings
  • Evening readings by faculty, especially
  • Community. I felt like I found my tribe.
  • The people, staff and participants
  • Meeting with Jane, the opportunity to talk one-on-one with an editor especially one as generous and knowledgeable as Jane was priceless
  • Strong encouragement to continue writing
  • Meeting new writers, hearing how so many get to reach the muse to write
  • As always, nuzzling up to fab writers in close proximity
  • I made new friends to unite with
  • Jam-packed schedule and location near outdoors, beach
  • Lots of love goes into this, thank you.
  • I didn’t realize just how many fantastic AK writers there are. It was a pleasure to learn and hear them and the other writers from outside.
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