Skagway hosts first-ever Writers' Symposium

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010

Next month, Skagway will launch the first-ever North Words Writers Symposium, hosting well-known authors from around the state. Keynote speaker will be best-selling mystery writer Dana Stabenow, who will lead panels along with several writers, historians and editors, including Nick Jans, Sherry Simpson, Kim Heacox, Kaylene Johnson, David Hunsaker, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Daniel Henry, Elizabeth Dabney, Nita Nettleton, Peggy Shumaker and Tim Woody.

The symposium is scheduled for June 3-6.

Local color and story ideas will be offered by historian Karl Gurcke and editor-publisher Jeff Brady, along with conference coordinator Buckwheat Donahue of the Skagway Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In addition to engaging in panel discussions about writing and publishing, registered symposium participants will get to travel to Lake Bennett on the White Pass & Yukon Route and float through Dyea on a raft tour.

Registration information and a complete list of panel topics and activities may be found at There also is a link to an interview with Donahue and Henry on the popular 49 Writers site about how the symposium came to be.

The event is sponsored by the Skagway CVB with support from Alaska Magazine, The Skagway News Co., and Sgt. Preston's Lodge.

For more information contact Buckwheat Donahue, 983-2854, or

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