North Words Panel Topics

Above, the wonderful Alaskan writer-teacher Frank Soos, whom we lost in 2021, talking about craft with Pico Iyer.

We’ll miss you  Frank and all you have done for Alaskan writers.

2022 North Words Panel Topics

Below is the initial list of panel and workshop topics for. A final list with faculty assignments will appear on the 2022 schedule.


Caged and Creative:

Writing through the Pandemic

Jack London’s long shadow:

Disputing and transforming the legacy of racism in American literature.

Speaking to an existential threat:

Whether to rally the troops or reform the skeptics when writing about climate science.

We’re still here:

Decolonizing readers through Indigenous literary voices.

Storytelling as medicine:

Catching stories to heal the world.

The writer’s role in the age of disinformation and upheaval:

Facing pandemics, politics, and other disasters, and setting the story straight.

Writing enlightening biography:

How to bring people back to life.

Writing to the disparity:

Acknowledging class and race in our writing voices.


WORKSHOP ON CHARACTER: Pathways to your chosen people.

WORKSHOP ON MEMOIR: Memoir, memory, and the search for truth.


There also will be time for one-on-one consultations with many of the faculty.