Earthquake emotions, words on paper: Spenard business to host special story time

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Nearly one week after the massive earthquake rocked southcentral Alaska, conversations seem to be fueled by one question: Where were you?

Working, grabbing coffee, driving, dropping kids off at school, exercising, the list of activities Alaskans were doing is lengthy. But in some capacity, thousands of people across the state have an answer to the question.

That’s the root of a special event in Spenard Friday night. “What was more important than just the coming out and getting coffee was the need to connect with people and kind of like immediately start talking about their experiences and even that night when I came in the phone started ringing and people would just talk my ear off about what happened to them that day and it seemed like a really important thing to do,” Teeka Ballas said.

Ballas is a co-owner of The Writer’s Block Bookstore and Café. On Friday night, it's holding a community storytelling event where any format goes. “Everything from reflective to introspective pieces about not just the moment but thereafter, the clean-up, the terrors, the extra jumpiness after the shakes. Anything about processing what happened to their family and how important they are,” she said.

Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance and keep pieces to 7 minutes or less.

The sharing begins at 7:00 p.m. The Writer’s Block is located at 3956 Spenard Rd.

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