Let Skagway inspire You

Let Skagway inspire you

Let Skagway inspire you

Let Skagway inspire you

Let Skagway inspire you

Let Skagway inspire you

Let Skagway inspire you

Let Skagway inspire you

Let Skagway inspire you

“Exploring the Frontiers of Language” - May 28-31, 2014

2014 Keynote Speaker

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2014 Faculty Members

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Organizing Faculty

Fifth annual North Words Writers Symposium Features Faculty of Top Writers

North Words Symposium 2014 Press Release

Keynote Author: Simon Winchester (latest title: The Man Who United the States)

Celebrated British-American writer Simon Winchester will keynote the fifth annual North Words Writers Symposium on May 28-31, 2014 in Skagway, Alaska.

Winchester, best-selling author, journalist, and broadcaster, has worked as a foreign correspondent for most of his career and lectures widely at universities, geological and historical societies, and libraries. He is the author of 22 books, including the 2010 New York Times best-seller The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom, the remarkable story of Joseph Needham, the eccentric and adventurous scientist who fell in love with China and whose own work there unveils the epic story of that magisterial country. Other best-sellers include The Professor and the Madman, an account of the men behind the Oxford English Dictionary; A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906; and The Map that Changed the World, about the nineteenth century geologist William Smith. Winchester specializes in eccentric, obsessive geniuses. He is praised for his skills as a masterful and riveting storyteller both on the page and in lectures. He is currently touring with his latest book, The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible  (Harper Collins 2013) A complete bio and photo are attached.

Winchester is joined at the Skagway symposium by a faculty of Alaska/Yukon authors that includes: Alaska Writer Laureate Nora Marks Dauenhauer with her writer/husband Richard, Michael Gates, Nick Jans, Marcel Jolley, Heather Lende, Lael Morgan, John Straley, and Deb Vanasse. Faculty will serve on panels to discuss several writing and publishing topics and will also do a public reading during one of the evening sessions.

Earn 1 to 3 credits in ED 593 from University of Alaska Southeast for a flat fee of $90. Full participation earns 1 credit; w/ notebook/journal = 2 credits; w/ notes and 1000-word paper= 3 credits. Upon arrival in Skagway, see Daniel Henry, professor of record, for further details.

The event is sponsored by the Municipality of Skagway CVB with generous support from The Skagway News Co., White Pass & Yukon Route, and Red Onion Saloon. The Symposium offers nothing less than solid craftwork, thoughtful discussion, and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Greetings from Skagway, Alaska!

downtownskagwayWe invite you to converge this summer with a community of writers in search of inspiration and refreshment under the Midnight Sun.

North Words Symposium offers a unique opportunity for writers to nurture interrelationships with other writers and thinkers in a spectacular place. We aspire to build upon a tradition of literature that reflects language and life on the frontier.

Our excitement grows as the schedule unfolds.

Special symposium events include a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad to a rainforest trail and campfire reading, a taco feed and brothel tour at the historic Red Onion Saloon, a keynote dinner at Poppies overlooking beautiful Jewell Gardens, and a barbecue with music on the porch at a Dyea homestead where cabins are being restored for a future writers/artists retreat.

The sizzle of North Words Symposium derives from electricity generated by people like you. A dozen published writers from the North contribute to panel discussions relating to genre, process, and business of writing. Gather in renovated 110-year-old Goldrush buildings to take part in memorable talks with fascinating people.

Please join us!

About Skagway:

Skagway is a study in contrast and survival. Our roots date back to when the coastal Tlingit Indians of Southeast Alaska first used the area 10,000 years ago as a trading route to the Yukon interior. They called it “place of the bunched up water (from the wind).” A few white settlers followed in the 1800s, but there were few visitors here until the Klondike Gold Rush hit in 1897-98. Skagway was the focus of the world as the primary jumping off point for nearly 100,000 stampeders bent on reaching the gold fields in the Yukon. This rollicking event shaped the future of the north as we know it today.

Skagway is not just about its storied past. It’s a small community at heart that survived with the changing winds – and it does blow here often. The White Pass & Yukon Route railroad outlasted the gold rush and other booms and bust of the past century. Now instead of hauling freight and supplies to the Yukon, it hauls more than 300,000 visitors a year. The town is also the headquarters for Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Established in 1976, the park has preserved many of the town’s gold rush buildings, maintains the historic Chilkoot Trail, and is a vast cultural resource. The town also has several museums and authentic historical attractions, as well as many wilderness adventure tours that take you out of town and into the mountains at our doorstep.

Over the past 35 years, Skagway’s tourism has grown, and with it the number of artists and writers in the community. The first NWWS symposium in 2010 was a great success, and the community has supported this annual event.

For more information on registration, panel topics, schedule, and planned activities:
Conference contacts:
Buckwheat Donahue or Wendy Anderson
Phone: 907-983-2854
or email northwordsinfo@gmail.com or carlin_donahue@hotmail.com