North Words Panel Topics
2019 North Words Panel Topics
(2020 topics will be revealed in January – if you have suggestions email them to us!)
From Start to Finish or the Other Way Around: The many ways to tell a story.
This happens and then this happens and then this happens… then what happens?
History, Herstory, Ourstory: Who owns the past anyway?
Memory is fallible. Records can be faked. What’s a writer to do?
Writing to Make Things Happen: Moving readers from their seats to the streets.
Motives, messages, means & memes for transformation.
Getting Read:Telling your story to the most readers in your best voice.
What’s the catch? Who gets caught? How do you keep ‘em and catch more?
Great Land Voices: Foundations and futures in Alaskan literature
To those who got us here and those who would lead us ahead.
Foiled: Writing beyond generalizations of gender, class, and culture.
Can rich, white men write well about poor minority women?
Getting Away with It: Making the most of stupid tourist stories.
Don’t let your Alaskan expertise get in the way of telling a good story.
Resonations: How underutilized events in Alaskan history and culture comprise some of the greatest tales never told.
Writing with subsurface rights.
Over-Heroed: Does the hero’s journey still have traction among modern readers?
Creating compelling, timeless characters in challenging situations.
Hard Work in Print: Translating drudgery to the page.
Considering the authenticity of sweat, soreness, and duty.
A final list trimmed to six or seven topics will be appear on the 2019 schedule, pending faculty assignments and availability.