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Spring 2014
Gracewriting Seminars: Fairbanks and Anchorage

Join SMPS Alaska Chapter and Graceworks for a 2-hour writing coaching extended luncheon on Tuesday, April 15 in Fairbanks or a full-day workshop of writing training and coaching with Jen Hebblethwaite on Wednesday, April 16th in Anchorage. Sign up today!


Wimpy writing just doesn't get results! Gracewriting® teaches you to write with power by being clear, concise and correct. We help you write with grace by putting your reader's needs first.


Our workshop involves a lot more than putting pen to paper. We play games. We compete. We make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! What does that have to do with better writing? Everything! Be ready to be big and bold as you experience Gracewriting®.


Gracewriting® does more than offer just business or technical writing basics. In the Graceworks' tradition, we help you help your reader by looking at things from the other person's point of view, emphasizing what the other person wants to know, and respecting the other person's intelligence. Let's make a human connection by becoming reader-friendly writers!


Space is limited for this event - register by Friday, April 11 for Fairbanks and Monday, April 14 for Anchorage!



Tuesday, April 15, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Westmark Fairbanks

Cost: $75 members, $125 non-members, $25 students

More Information and Registration



Wednesday, April 16, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center

Cost: $200 members, $300 non-members

More Information and Registration


April Boot Camp: Photoshop - Beyond the Basics

Join us for the next session of our Boot Camp series on Thursday, April 10 from 8:30 - 10:30 am! Mark Meyer of Mark Meyer Photography will share his Photoshop tips and tricks.


During this boot camp session you will learn how Photoshop can most effectively fit into your photography workflow, as well as core concepts for photo manipulations that A/E/C marketers use most often.


Specifically, you will discover how to:


  • Process photos with non-destructive editing techniques
  • Work effectively with layers
  • Pinpoint photo manipulations with advanced selection and masking techniques
  • Use masks and layers in combination to localize color and contrast correction
  • Accurately knockout complex subjects
  • Replace backgrounds
  • Retouch minor skin imperfections in portraits


All attendees will receive a cheat-sheet of tips and tricks to use as reference back in the office.


RSVP by Wednesday, April 9!

Topic - TBD
Wednesday, May 7, 8:30 - 10:30 am

Summer Break - No Boot Camps in June, July and August.
New Members! Welcome to SMPS Alaska Chapter!

SMPS Alaska Chapter is growing and has gained 10 new members since the first of this year. We are very excited to have the following new members in our chapter!


Hilary Archer

Marketing Coordinator

Kumin Associates, Inc.

Michael Fredericks


RIM First People


Don Porter, PE 

Senior Project Engineer

R&M Consultants, Inc. 


Felipe Diaz

Student Member

University of Alaska Anchorage


Peter Briggs


Corvus Design


Heather March

Business Development/Sales

WHPacific, Inc. 


Ken Anderson, PE

Principal/Director - Alaska Office

Reid Middleton, Inc.


David Shumway, PE

Vice President

AMC Engineers


Pat Cusick, PE


AMC Engineers


Susan Elkins


AMC Engineers



No SMPS Events During Summer Months

Just a reminder there will be no SMPS Alaska events in June, July and August. We will be taking a break during the summer months to enjoy the beautiful, long Alaskan days. Programs will resume in September. 


Check our website for updated events and news. 


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