Wasilla Museum

The Wasilla Library partnered with the Wasilla Museum to host the Alaska Writers Guild.

WASILLA — The Alaska Writers Guild presented a public class on book publishing for the Wasilla Museum and Visitor Center’s Night at the Museum summer series.

The Wasilla Library partnered with the Wasilla Museum to host the Alaska Writers Guild. Wasilla Library youth services librarian Sara Saxton helped coordinate the event and acted as the emcee for the evening, asking the panel of Guild members various questions about the writing and publishing process.

The panel consisted of numerous Alaskan authors across various genres. They provided various insights into the craft. The old school house on the Museum property was filled with local writers from across the Valley who attentively took notes and asked questions throughout the two-hour class.

Saxton said that she was thrilled with the high turnout of hungry minds readily gathering information. She said that she was thankful for Guild members’ time and felt like the class had a lot to offer.

“The authors were just fantastic. They all had unique perspectives about the actual process of being published,” Saxton said. “The museum does such a good job of locating these kind of different interest groups across the community and making it accessible.”

Night at the Museum features a variety of classes covering a range of topics such as crafting, gardening, art, writing, and nature. Saxton said this annual summer series is a great way for people to learn about something new, take up a new hobby, improve on their existing skills, and connect with like-minded individuals in their own community.

The Wasilla Library has collaborated with the Wasilla Museum on many occasions. Saxton said they used to utilize the school house facility for a variety of programs before the library moved to its new location. She said they still work on numerous community projects together like the current exhibit Illustrating Alaska explores the process of Illustrating children’s books.

“Summertime can be tricky because so many people are moving around... At the same time people are looking for ways to get involved,” Saxton said. “It’s so important for us to be connected to our neighbors and know who’s out there with us.”

For more information about Night at the Museum or other Wasilla Museum activities, visit cityofwasilla.gov/services/departments/museum.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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