North Words Writers Symposium, Kachemak Bay conference still accepting registrations

Lynn Schooler gives a reading at last year's North Words Writers Symposium.

Registration for the fourth annual North Words Writers Symposium, to be held May 29-June 1 in Skagway, is now underway. For more information, including registration, go to


This year’s keynote speaker is Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. Moore’s books have won the Oregon Book Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. Her works have also been published in Orion, Discover, The Sun, and the New York Times Magazine. Moore splits her time between Corvallis, Ore. and a cabin in Tenakee Inlet. Her current novel is set in Southeast Alaska.

Other Alaska authors who wil serve as faculty at the symposium include Juneau writers Lynn Schooler and David Hunsaker, as well as John Straley, Kim Heacox, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Howard Weaver and Heather Lende.

This year’s panel topics include: “Life’s Lessons: Discovering Universal Truths in the Personal Essay;” “Men Writing Women, Women Writing Men;” “Beyond Hesitation: What Makes Writing Flow;” and “Close Calls: Near Death Experiences and Other Precarious Moments.”

The symposium -- organized by Dan Henry, Buckwheat Donahue and Jeff Brady -- is collaborative effort of Skagway Borough, U.S. National Parks, and Alaska Magazine. For more, visit

Registration is also underway for the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, to be held June 14-18 in Homer. Juneau writer and current Alaska State Writer Laureate Nora Marks Dauenhauer is among this year’s featured writers, along with Rich Chiappone, John Daniel, Joy Harris, Sean Hill, Ann Hood, Sara Loewen, Nancy Lord, Karen McElmurray, Melinda Moustakis, Nicole Stellon O’Donnel, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Alexis Rizzuto, Eva Saulitis, Peggy Shumaker, Sherry Simpson and Deb Vanasse.

Keynote speaker at the conference will be Naomi Shihab Nye. World traveler Nye, of Palestinian and American heritage, writes poetry and prose and is the recipient of many awards, including four Pushcart Prizes, a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize. Her collection “19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East” was a finalist for the National Book Award.

The writing conference will offer workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing.

For more on the Kachemak Bay conference, visit


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