Gathering Stories

2020, a whirlwind that just won’t stop. In keeping others safe, we’ve had to sacrifice rambling dinner conversations, public readings, writing workshops, and most importantly being close, gathering, hugs. It’s a lot to carry, and I hope that you all know that you are part of a community here at Storyknife. Storyknife lost an advisoryContinue reading “Gathering Stories”

Hunkering Down at Storyknife

Autumn has rolled into Storyknife, complete with rain, fog, and brilliant fields of fireweed. If you’re in Alaska, fall and winter can mean a respite from the manic seasons of spring and summer. We’re done with the endless light, the fishing and gardening and berry picking, and starting to move into the preserving, freezing, andContinue reading “Hunkering Down at Storyknife”

How are you doing?

No really. How are you doing? If you are reading these newsletters, I am assuming that you are either a woman or nonbinary writer or someone who supports the work of women and nonbinary writers. In other words, I assume you are the kind of person who cares and pays attention to the world. AContinue reading “How are you doing?”

What a difference…

….a month makes. Just last month at this time, we were planning the April residencies and hearing a little about a virus that was spreading overseas. Now, we find ourselves postponing the April residency and our planned Grand Opening ceremony. We are still preparing Storyknife for the residents that we’ve scheduled this year. We’re watchingContinue reading “What a difference…”

Welcome 2020 at Storyknife!

Welcome to 2020 at Storyknife! We hope that you all had a peaceful holiday season and that this new year will be filled with all good things. There is so much good news at Storyknife that we’re pinching ourselves to make sure it’s real. First, 318 people applied for residencies during our 2019 open applicationContinue reading “Welcome 2020 at Storyknife!”

Celebrate the light.

In Alaska, we pay very close attention to the light. On Solstice, we’re slated to get about 5 hours and 58 minutes. Every year, I try to be on Bishop’s Beach in Homer to see the sun come over the mountains on Solstice. Last year it was cloudy, so the picture above is from 2017.Continue reading “Celebrate the light.”

Open the door….

Last week, I gave a little pep talk about Giving Tuesday. I asked you to think of all the women writers whose books never got published. Heck, those books, plays, poems never even got written, because the laundry needed doing, kids needed feeding. Or worse, women writers were actively prevented from becoming literate. How manyContinue reading “Open the door….”

The Cabin without a Name – No Longer!

If you’ve been following along, you know that five of the cabins at Storyknife are named: Carol, Betty, Diana, Evangeline, and Katie. For awhile, we’ve been waiting to announce the name of the final cabin, and now we can do so. The final cabin will be named after Peggy Shumaker. Peggy began her teaching careerContinue reading “The Cabin without a Name – No Longer!”