Let Skagway inspire You

May 25-28, 2016

Let Skagway inspire You

May 25-28, 2016

Let Skagway inspire You

May 25-28, 2016

Let Skagway inspire you

May 25-28, 2016

Let Skagway inspire you

May 25-28, 2016

Let Skagway inspire you

May 25-28, 2016

Let Skagway inspire you

May 25-28, 2016

Let Skagway inspire you

May 25-28, 2016

Let Skagway inspire you

May 25-28, 2016

Let Skagway inspire you

May 25-28, 2016

Let Skagway inspire you

May 27-30, 2015

“Exploring the Frontiers of Language”

2016 Keynote Speaker

Click on each author for a short biography.

2016 Faculty Members

Click on each author for a short biography.

Organizing Faculty

Panel Discussion Topics 2016
  • A Poised Pen: In defense of note-taking, journaling, and scribbling.
  • Writing Action: Narrative that breaks a sweat.
  • Published!: From your head to the readers.
  • The Telling Detail: What it is, how to find it, where it fits.
  • Gonna Serve Somebody: Getting real about faith in letters and in your readers.
  • The Big Backyard: Making your story universal.
  • Cold Copy: What makes editors cringe, shriek, and fall in love.
  • Enough With the Xtra-Tuffs: Discovering the Alaska beyond reality TV.
  • Merging Genres: Blending historical research into fiction, memoir, and poetry.
  • Foodie: How flavor enhances character development.
Faculty Publications

Brian Doyle

  • Chicago (available March 2016);
  • Mink River;
  • The Plover;
  • Martin Marten;
  • Bin Laden’s Bald Spot

Eowyn Ivey

  • The Snow Child

John Straley

  • Cold Storage, Alaska
  • The Rising and the Rain
  • Woman who Married a Bear

Emily Wall

  • Liveaboard
  • Freshly Rooted

Lynn Schooler

  • Blue Bear;
  • Walking Home: A traveler in the Alaskan Wilderness
  • a Journey into the Human Heart

Heather Lende

  • If You LivedHere, I’d Know Your Name
  • Take good Care of the Garden and the Dogs

Kim Heacox

  • Jimmy Bluefeather
  • John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire: How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America
  • Rhythm of the Wild: A life Inspired by Alaska’s Denali National Park
  • The Only Kayak
North Words Writers Symposium Schedule

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM   Registration & Author Consultation Sign-up
Arctic Brotherhood (AB) Hall


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM   Opening Reception
Westmark


Thursday, May 26, 2016

6:45 AM  Early Bird Writer Workshop with Faculty
Skagway Public Library


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM  Continental Breakfast
AB Hall


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM  Welcome
AB Hall


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM  Published!: From your brain to the adoring readers.
AB Hall
Start with desire, add concept, obsession, and patience.
Full Faculty – Moderator: Kim Heacox


10:15 AM – 11:15 AM  Cold Copy: What Makes Editors Cringe, Shriek, and Fall in Love
AB Hall
A primer in presenting your child to strangers.
Full faculty – Moderator: Brian Doyle


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM   Writing Action: Narrative That Breaks a Sweat
AB Hall
I woke up, got dressed, and hung around the drugstore. On steroids.
Panel: Eowyn, Brian, Kim

OR

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM   Enough with the Xtra Tuffs: Discovering Alaska Beyond Reality TV
Presbyterian Church
Bustin’ out of the igloo
Panel: Lynn, Heather, Emily


12:30 PM – 2:00 PM   Lunch On Your Own!


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM   Foodie: How Flavor Enhances Character Development
AB Hall
Guilt-free literary dining.
Panel: Heather, Brian, Eowyn

OR

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM   Book Signing with Lynn & Kim
Skaguay News Depot & Books


3:15 PM – 4:15 PM   Merging Genres: Blending Historical Research with Fiction, Memoir, and Poetry
AB Hall
Commit to a real story in a real place with real people or lie with authority.
Panel: Jeff, Kim, Lynn


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM  Book Signing with Brian & Heather
Skaguay News Depot & Books

OR

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM   Consultations with Eowyn, Kim, Emily, Lynn or Dan
Half-hour sessions with faculty; sign up Wednesday at registration 


 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM   Dinner on your own!


 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM   Faculty Readings
National Park Service Auditorium

Friday, May 27, 2016

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM   Continental Breakfast
AB Hall


8:15 AM – 8:30 AM   Announcements


8:30 AM – 9:15 AM  Haiku/Poetry writing with Emily Wall
AB Hall


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM   A Poised Pen: In Defense of Note-taking, Journaling, and Scribbling
AB Hall
No app for this.
Panel: Emily, Dan, Lynn

OR

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM   Gonna Serve Somebody: Getting Real About Faith with Your Readers
Presbyterian Church
Finding words to express the ineffable.
Panel: Brian, Heather, Kim


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM   Discussion groups
AB Hall
Facilitated by Faculty & Staff

OR

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM   Book Signing with Eowyn and Emily
Skaguay News Depot & Books


11:45 AM – 1:00 PM  Lunch on your own!


1:00 PM – 3:15 PM   Participant readings
Presbyterian Church


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  The Big Backyard: Making Your Story Universal
Presbyterian Church
Little things mean a lot.
Panel: Kim, Lynn, Heather

OR

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  Consultations with Eowyn, Brian, Emily, Lynn or Dan
Half-hour sessions with faculty; sign up at Wednesday registration


 5:15 PM  Vans Depart to Alderworks Writers & Artists Retreat
2 pickup locations: 8th & Main and 6th & State


5:45 PM – 7:30 PM  Live music, food by the fire, rustic digs and Retreat tour
Alderworks Writers & Artists Retreat – Dyea, Alaska


7:30 PM & 8:00 PM  Vans Depart Alderworks to Skagway Hotels
2 Departure Times
2 drop off locations: 8th & Main and 6th & State


Saturday, May 28, 2016

7:20 AM Buses Depart to Train Station
2 pickup locations: 8th & Main and 6th & State


7:40 AM Board White Pass & Yukon Route RR


8:30 AM Disembark train at Laughton Glacier Station
Hike & write or Campfire Reflections 


 4:00 PM  Return to Skagway via WP&YR


 4:30 PM  Buses Depart Train Station for Skagway Hotels
2 drop off locations: 8th & Main and 6th & State


 5:45 PM  Buses Depart Skagway Hotels for Poppies
2 Pick Up Locations: 8th & Main and 6th & State


6:00 PM – 9:00 PM  Closing Banquet 
Poppies at Jewell Gardens


9:00 PM   Saturday Night in Skagway!