Creative Nonfiction ~ Ernestine Hayes, Alaska Writer Laureate

The Self in a Shifting World

In this workshop, we challenge the shifting boundaries in literary arts by examining, reading, and writing works that draw on cross-genre narratives, non-linear structures, and multiple points of view. Through exercises, readings, and discussion, we explore our unique stories of self and locate those stories in the context of our various worlds.

Discussion, readings, and exercises focus on exploration; workshops focus on elements of craft. Shorter works or sections of essay, memoir, life writing, and work that falls into the spaces between are invited.



2017 & 2018 Alaska Writer Laureate


Ernestine Hayes belongs to the Wolf House of the Kaagwaantaan. Her first book, Blonde Indian, an Alaska Native Memoir, was published in 2006, won the American Book Award in 2007, and was the selection for Alaska Reads 2016. Her most recent book, The Tao of Raven, was published in October 2016 by University of Washington Press. Her essays, articles, short stories, and poetry have been published in Studies in American Indian LiteratureHuffington PostAlaska Quarterly ReviewTipton Review, and other forums, including selection of her poem “The Spoken Forest” for permanent installation at Totem Bight State Park. She’s been named the Alaska Writer Laureate for 2017 & 2018. A grandmother and great-grandmother, she lives in Juneau, Alaska, where she was born.