Fourth annual North Words Writers Symposium planned for end of May in Skagway

The North Words Writers Symposium, held annually in Skagway since 2009, is scheduled for May 29 through June 1. This year’s keynote author is Kathleen Dean Moore, former writer laureate of Orgeon. Moore’s books have won the Oregon Book Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award.


Moore will be joined at the symposium by a faculty of Alaska authors that includes Juneau writers David Hunsaker and Lynn Schooler, as well as John Straley of Sitka, Kim Heacox of Gustavus, Andromeda Romano-Lax of Anchorage, Howard Weaver of California (formerly of Anchorage), and Heather Lende of Haines. Faculty will serve on panels to discuss topics such as overcoming writer’s block, the path to publication, assessing reader needs, and writing personal essays, screenplays, and fiction.

Special symposium events include a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad, a taco feed and brothel tour at the historic Red Onion Saloon, a keynote dinner at Poppies, and a barbecue with music on the porch at a Dyea homestead where cabins are being restored for a future writer and artist retreat.

The symposium is collaborative effort of Skagway Borough, U.S. National Parks, and Alaska Magazine.

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