Vanasse Speaking Engagement

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Vanasse writing workshop

Writing and Publishing

Both in-person and online, Deb teaches on a wide range of topics related to writing and publishing. Sample workshop topics:

Revision Intensive

Windows on Your Characters

Perspectives and Viewpoints: Exploring Point of View

Description and Detail: The Glint and the Squint

Sound and Fury: Find and Free Your Writer’s Voice

Jumpstart Your Writing

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Authors in Conversation: 

Carrie Ojanen & Deb Vanasse
Saturday, September 21, 2019   7 p.m.

Hoffman Arts Center, Manzanita, OR
Admission $7

What comes to mind when you think about Alaska? Perhaps the Klondike Gold Rush of yesteryear or the ongoing Iditarod Race. While familiar, they offer a predominantly male-centric narrative. Join author Deb Vanasse and poet Carrie Ayagaduk Ojanen as they share perspectives from the 49th state on indigenous women decolonizing the myth of the frontier. They will share readings from their latest works and discuss how indigenous women and men in Alaska seek to retain their traditions and way of life amid pressure from economic forces, both historically and today.

Our Wild Alaska


WHEN:  Tuesday, April 5. 2016, 7 pm

WHERE: Coronado, California

Deb joins authors Marybeth Hollman, Kaylene Johnson, and Debbie Moderow in a discussion of the inspiration and challenges of the wild.

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Machetanz Arts Festival –2 presentations

WHEN:  Saturday, June 6

WHERE: Machetanz Arts Festival, Matanuska-Susitna College

9:00-10:30 a.m.: Writers Panel: Is This the Golden Age of Alaskan Writing? Panelists: Deb Vanasse, Don Rearden, Julie LeMay

2:30-4:00 PM:  Windows on Your Characters: Strategies for Compelling Fiction with Deb Vanasse

Visit the Machetanz Arts Festival website.

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Join Vanasse at Fireside Books for:  Writers’ Relationship Advice and Q & A on Publishing

WHEN:  Saturday May 2

WHERE: Fireside Books, Palmer, Alaska

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Workshop: The Self-Made Writer with Author Deb Vanasse

WHEN:  April 13 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Midwest Writing Center, Davenport, IA

IFree coffee, tea, and crumpets.

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