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In this April 1, 2013 photo provided by Storyknife, Alaska best-selling author Dana Stabenow works at her home outside Homer, Alaska. Stabenow has announced plans to create Storyknife Writer’s Retreat. This will include a main building and six cabins where women writers will do nothing during their residency except write. (AP Photo/Storyknife, Nathan Havey) Copyright 2013, The Associated Press

Alaska author wants to build writers' retreat

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A best-selling mystery writer from Alaska wants to establish a residency retreat for female writers, hoping to offer women the same help she received more than two decades ago.

"It was Dana Stabenow 25 years ago, that's who I want here," said Stabenow, the author of 29 novels, including her best-known works, the Kate Shugak mystery series featuring an Aleut private investigator.

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