Alaska author wants to build writers' retreat

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A best-selling mystery writer from Alaska wants to establish a residency retreat for female writers.

Dana Stabenow (STAB-uh-now) is the author of 29 novels, including her best-known works, the Kate Shugak mystery series featuring an Aleut private investigator.

Stabenow has started a $1 million fundraising campaign to build a main house and six cabins for the Storyknife Writers' Retreat near her home in Homer, Alaska.

The concept is based on Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island in Washington state. In fact, Stabenow is an alumna of Hedgebrook.

If Storyknife is established, the residency program would provide solitude for six women at a time. The residencies would offer women room and board, and silence and solitude to concentrate on their craft.

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