North Words Panel Topics

The 2021 Panel Topics will be developed with our faculty over the next few months and should appear in January 2021.

2020 North Words Panel Topics

Special Theme: Writing at a time of a threatened natural world.

Writing while the world burns: 

How to stand witness to challenges, change, and turmoil. Why do it at all?

Seeing your words in black-and-white:

The shifting dimensions of getting published.

The writer’s role as a source of hope:

          From all these urgent, tragic, troubling stories—where is the light?

 Making science stick among skeptics:

          Data is real, stupid. Or is it? What was the question?

 Stitching characters’ lives into a coherent fabric:

The quest to show purpose and place among relationships. 

 Writing with risk:

          Why should you try? What happens if you do? 

The performance side:

          Your words—live and in person—flung at others.

A final list will be appear on the schedule in the spring, pending faculty assignments. There also will be at least two writing workshops, along with time for one-on-one consultations with faculty.