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North Words Writers Symposium Schedule

Skagway, Alaska

May 31-June 3, 2017

(schedule is mostly final but there may be slight changes as we get closer to event)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM   – Registration & Author Consultation Sign-up
Arctic Brotherhood (AB) Hall – Broadway b/w 2nd & 3rd


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM  – Opening Reception
Westmark Inn Lounge – 3rd & Spring


Thursday, June 1, 2017

6:45 AM – 7:45 AM  –  Early Bird Writing Workshop with Deb Vanasse
Skagway Public Library – 8th & State


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


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM  Welcome  –  Announcements & Introductions
AB Hall


Thursday Morning Panels at AB Hall

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM  –  Gawping at the Exotic: Writing about Common Humanity Amidst the Extraordinary
Ah – a Gem!
Panel: Paul Theroux with full faculty

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM  –  And Then It Happened: Making True Stories Readable
Excavating Circumstances for the Story
Panel: Deb Vanasse, Tom Kizzia, Andy Hall

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM  –  Why Is It So Hard to Write about Good Sex?
Breast-Heaving Prose Worth Re-Reading
Panel: Lenora Bell, John Straley

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11:30 AM – 1:00 PM  –  Book Signing: Paul Theroux
Skaguay News Depot & Books – across street from AB Hall


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


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM   –  Afternoon Delight: Writing Workshop with Lenora Bell – AB Hall

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2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  –  Book Signing: Tom Kizzia and Andy Hall
Skaguay News Depot & Books


3:15 PM – 4:15 PM  –   Scenery Shot: Nature as Backdrop, Center Stage, or Character AB Hall
Landscapes Are People Too
Panel: Sherry Simpson and Andy Hall


 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM  –  Faculty & Staff Consultations – AB Hall or other arranged locations
Half-hour sessions with faculty and staff; sign up Wednesday at registration 


 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM  –  Dine out on your own in Skagway!


 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM   –  Faculty Readings
National Park Service Visitor Center Auditorium – 2nd & Broadway


Friday, June 2, 2017

6:45 AM – 7:45 AM  –  Early Bird Writing Workshop with Sherry Simpson
Skagway Public Library – 8th & State


8:00 AM – 8:30 AM –  Continental Breakfast
AB Hall


8:15 AM – 8:30 AM  –  Announcements – AB Hall


8:30 AM – 9:15 AM  –  Haiku Time! – AB Hall

Writing & Discussion of the Form: John Straley and Katrina Woolford


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  –  You Must Read This: My Favorite Writers and What They Taught Me – AB Hall
A Roundtable Bookshelf
Panel: Buckwheat Donahue, Sherry Simpson, Tom Kizzia, Jeff Brady, Andy Hall

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9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  –  Book Signing: Deb Vanasse and Lenora Bell
Skaguay News Depot & Books


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM  –  Pining For Publication – AB Hall
Dreaming Is One Thing, Publishing Is Another
Panel: Lenora Bell, Katrina Woolford, Deb Vanasse

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10:45 AM – 11:45 AM. –  Book Signing: John Straley and Sherry Simpson
Skaguay News Depot & Books


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


Friday Afternoon Sessions at Presbyterian Church Sanctuary – 5th & Main

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM  –  Participant Readings – Presbyterian Church
Individual readings of no more than 8 minutes – sign up with Daniel Henry ahead of time

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM  –  A Miracle of Memory and Invention: How to Sustain Your Creative Flow – Presbyterian Church
Keepin’ On Keepin’ On, As It Were
Panel: Paul Theroux and John Straley


 5:15 PM  –  Van/Shuttle Pickups for ride to Dyea/Alderworks
2 pickup locations: Sgt. Preston’s (6th & State) and White House (8th & Main)


6:00 PM – 8:15 PM  –  Hoedown at Alderworks Alaska Writers & Artists Retreat in Dyea
BBQ by the cabins, music by Windy Valley Band – Hosted & Sponsored by Alderworks Alaska (1 West Creek Rd)


8:15 PM  –  Vans/Shuttle departs Alderworks for Skagway
2 drop off locations: 8th & Main and 6th & State


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Morning Train Ride and Trail Write Schedule

– PASSPORTS REQUIRED –

Hosted and Sponsored by White Pass & Yukon Route and Packer Expeditions

7:20 AM – Buses Depart to Train Station
2 pickup locations: White House (8th & Main) and Sgt. Preston’s (6th & State)

7:40 AM – Board White Pass & Yukon Route RR

8:30 AM – Disembark Train at Laughton Glacier Station

Entire party will then hike about 1.5 miles on an easy trail to a US Forest Service cabin, where our hosts Packer Expeditions will have a lunch spread out for us. The group will then break in two. You will have a choice of a guided hike for another mile over moderate trail to the toe of Laughton Glacier, or you may stay on the cabin grounds for a Writing Session with Daniel Henry.

 2:00 PM – Hike back from cabin to Laughton Glacier Station (arrive by 3:15 pm)

3:30 PM – Board WP&YR southbound train for return to Skagway

 4:30 PM  –  Shuttle departs Train Station for Skagway hotels or you may walk
2 drop off locations: 8th & Main and 6th & State


 5:45 PM  – Shuttles depart Skagway hotels for Poppies
2 pickup locations: White House (8th & Main) and Sgt. Preston’s (6th & State)


6:00 PM – 9:00 PM  – Closing Banquet with Keynote Address by Paul Theroux
Poppies at Jewell Gardens (on Klondike Hwy. left just after Skagway River bridge)


9:00 PM  –  Saturday Night in Skagway!