Let Skagway inspire You

August 27-30, 2020

Let Skagway inspire You

August 27-30, 2020

Let Skagway inspire You

August 27-30, 2020

Let Skagway inspire You

August 27-30, 2020

Let Skagway inspire You

August 27-30, 2020

Let Skagway inspire You

August 27-30, 2020

Let Skagway inspire You

August 27-30, 2020

“Exploring the Frontiers of Language”

North Words Writers Symposium • August 27-30, 2020 | Keynote Author: Bill Streever

March 18, 2020 Update – North Words 2020 moved to end of August!  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the start of the summer season in Skagway, the North Words directors have decided to postpone the conference from the end of May to August 27-30, 2020. Please read PRESS RELEASE. Registration remains open by clicking on the Register tab above and we hope to fill all 40 spots. This year’s special theme is “Writing at a time of a threatened natural world.” Check out the recently released Panel Topics and watch for Schedule coming soon! Our faculty are committed to being here with us in August: keynote author, acclaimed nature writer Bill Streever (see below); along with these writers from Alaska and the Northwest: Dr. M. Jackson of Eugene, OR, formerly of Skagway and now a noted writer of glacier books; Heather Lende of Haines, AK, best-selling author of non-fiction books about small town life and politics; Nicole Stellon O’Donnell of Fairbanks, AK, highly praised teacher and writer of prose poetry;  Eva Holland of Whitehorse, Yukon, published free-lance magazine writer and author of a new book on overcoming fears; Caroline Van Hemert, of Anchorage and Haines, who’s memoir The Sun is A Compass came out to great reviews last summer; and Anchorage short fiction writer Bryan Fierro. Check out their bios and books on the Faculty page under the 2020 Conference tab above. 

October 14, 2019 – North Words founder Buckwheat Donahue passes. 
The North Words family is mourning the passing of our founding father, Buckwheat, who was loved by our community of writers and readers. A Howling Ceremony of  Life will be held at the Eagles in Skagway on Nov. 23. We have posted some great memories of BW in photos on our Facebook page, and we will carry on North Words in his honor and with as much of his spirit as we can muster.

September 26, 2019 – Bill Streever to Keynote 11th Annual North Words 
We are pleased to announce Bill Streever, biologist, award winning and bestselling nature writer,  will be the keynote author for our 11th annual symposium in 2020. 

Bill Streever

Bill Streever

2020 Keynote Speaker Bio

 

Presented by the North Words Organizing Faculty under the fiscal sponsor Skagway Development Corporation – Community Development Services, with generous support from the Municipality of Skagway and additional SponsorsMeet your writing community at the North Words Writers Symposium in Skagway, Alaska.