Let Skagway inspire you

Let Skagway inspire you

Let Skagway inspire you

Let Skagway inspire you

Let Skagway inspire you

The 12th annual

North Words Writers Symposium Schedule

May 25–28, 2022

(updated 5/04/22, subject to change)
 

FULL VACCINATION AGAINST COVID-19 REQUIRED

*some exceptions allowed, watch for details in waiver emailed to registered participants on/after May 5th

IMPORTANT NOTE: We will have online sign-ups this year for Faculty Consultations, Workshops, Participant Readings, Banquet Dinner Menu, and certain Group Activities. Sign-up will begin in early May after registrants receive an email.  We are accepting the first 40 participants who register and then will start a wait list (there were about 10 spots available as of the end of April).  Masks will be required at most indoor gathering locations that we use.

Faculty: 

Tommy Orange (keynote),

Heather Lende (Alaska Writer Laureate)

Kim Heacox, Laureli Ivanoff, Hank Lentfer,

Tina Ontiveros, Nicole Stellon O’Donnell

Aiders and Abettors (Organizing Faculty & Special Guests): Jeff Brady, Katrina Woolford, Daniel Henry, Katie Craney, Kent Fielding, X̱’unei Lance Twitchell, Leigh Newman.

Due to a family health matter, M Jackson will not be able to attend this year. We hope to have her here next year.

Tuesday, May 24

Early arrivals may choose Alaska Seaplanes from Juneau any day, or an Alaska Fjordlines boat on May 23 (sorry, the May 24 ferry was cancelled; there is one on May 25). More info about discounts on the Travel page of our website.

6:00-8:00 PM • EARLY ARRIVALS SUP & SLAM

No Host Dinner and Poetry Open Mic Slam at Olivia’s at Historic Skagway Inn

(please sign up on the form online)

If you arrive early for North Words please join us for an evening of food and poetry hosted by Trevor Van Houten and Nicole Stellon O’Donnell. Bring a favorite poem or slam one of your own.

Historic Skagway Inn – 7th & Broadway

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Wednesday, May 25

Early Arrivals Optional Activities

1) 10 – 11:30 AM – Bike Rental from Sockeye Cycle for Bike Tour of Skagway with Dan Henry

Sign up before arrival • Sponsored by Sockeye Cycle

2) Red Onion Saloon Brothel Tour (voucher in your packet)

Sponsored by Red Onion Saloon (check times at RO)

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Wednesday’s Ferry arrives at 1:15 pm, arrivals should go to place of lodging first, then proceed to conference headquarters at AB Hall to pick up packets from 4 to 5:30 pm.

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2:00-3:00 PM • Early Bird Book Signing with Doug Pope, Linda Buckley, Nancy Lord, Mandy Ramsey, and Holly Hughes

Skaguay News Depot & Books – 208 Broadway across from AB Hall

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3:00 – 3:45 PM   – Faculty Meeting
AB Hall conference room • Broadway between 2nd & 3rd

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3:45-5:00 PM   – Final Registration, Participant Packet Pickups
AB Hall conference room • Broadway between 2nd & 3rd

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6:00 – 7:30 PM  – Opening Reception at BrewCo

Skagway Brewing Co., 4th b/w Broadway & Spring – Food & First Drink Provided

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Thursday, May 26

 Thursday at AB Hall

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

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8:30 – 9:00 AM – Welcome! Announcements, Remembrances, Introductions 

X̱’unei Lance Twitchell, Skagway Tribal Council

Organizing Faculty, Everyone

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9:00-10:15 AM – Opening Panel: Caged and Creative

Writing through the Pandemic

Panel: Heather, Kim, Nicole

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 (Morning Stretch during break led by Mandy/Linda)

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10:30 – 11:45 AM  – Jack London’s Long Shadow

Disputing and transforming the legacy of racism in literature on the 125th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush

Panel: Tommy, X̱’unei Lance, Jeff, Dan

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11:45 AM – 1:30 PM  – Lunch On Your Own!

Discover local cuisine/menus at Skagway Visitor Center in AB Hall or visit www.skagway.com

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12:45  – 2:00 PM  – Book Signing: Tommy Orange, keynote  (this may be outside on side deck)

Skaguay News Depot & Books – across Broadway from AB Hall

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2:00 – 3:15 PM – Speaking to an Existential Threat

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

Panel: Kim, Hank, Dan

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3:30 – 5:00 PM – Faculty Consultations

AB Hall or other arranged locations 

Half-hour sessions with faculty and staff; sign up in advance

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

Discover local cuisine/menus at Skagway Visitor Center in AB Hall or visit www.skagway.com

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7:00 – 8:30 PM   –  Faculty Readings at Eagles Hall
Location: Eagles Hall Theatre with introduction by Soapy Smith, open to public

Sponsored by the Days of ’98 Show • Eagles Hall, 6th & Broadway

( also open to public for viewing on Facebook Live)

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Friday, May 27

6:45 – 7:55 AM  –  Early Bird Workshops

 (choose one, register in advance)

Memoir, memory, and the search for truth with Tina & Laureli

or Poetry Workshop with Nicole

Skagway Public Library – 8th & State

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Friday at AB Hall

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM – Continental Breakfast, Announcements – AB Hall

Organizing Faculty, 49 Writers

8:45 AM – 9:05 AM  – And now this message from your body

Led by Linda Buckley and Mandy Ramsey

Reflection, Breathe, Release

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9:15 AM – 10:30 AM   – We’re Still Here

Decolonizing Readers through Indigenous Voices

Panel: Laureli, Tommy, X̱’unei Lance

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10:45 AM – 12:00 Noon – Storytelling as Medicine

Catching Stories to Heal the World

Panel: Tina, Heather, Hank

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

Discover local cuisine/menus at Skagway Visitor Center in AB Hall or visit www.skagway.com

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12:30 – 2:00 PM –  Alaska-NW Faculty Book Signing

 (half hour shifts, possibly outside on side deck)

12:30-1 • Hank Lentfer and Kim Heacox

1-1:30 •  Nicole Stellon O’Donnell and Tina Ontiveros

1:30-2 • Heather Lende and Leigh Newman

Skaguay News Depot & Books – across Broadway from AB Hall

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2:00 PM – 3:00 PM   – Writing Enlightening Biography

How to bring people back to life

Panel: Hank, Kim, Nicole

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Evening Alderworks BBQ Schedule

5:30 PM –  Van/Shuttle Pickups for ride to Alderworks in Dyea
Pickup locations: White House (8th & Main),  Morning Wood (4th & State), Sgt. Preston’s (6th & State), Skagway Inn (7th & Broadway), Westmark (3rd & Spring).

Courtesy of SMART Bus

6:30 – 8:30 PM  –  Hoedown at Alderworks!
Hosted & Sponsored by Alderworks Alaska Writers & Artists Retreat (1 West Creek Rd)

BBQ & music by the cabins and new studio

Book Launch for ‘Nobody Gets Out Alive’, a new Alaska short story collection written by Leigh Newman, our inaugural Alderworks resident (several stories were written or revised here). Books available for purchase at bookstore.

8:30 PM –  Vans/Shuttle departs Alderworks for Skagway
Drop offs: 8th & Main , 4th & State, 6th & State, 7th & Broadway, 3rd & Spring

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Saturday, May 28

Breakfast on your own this morning

MORNING TRAIN EXCURSION & DENVER GLACIER TRAIL HIKE & WRITE

Hike with Packer Expeditions or Trail Write with Dan Henry

Sign up in advance!

 (coffee & sack lunch provided)

7:30-7:45 AM –  Van/Shuttle Pickups for ride to train departure station
Pickup locations: White House (8th & Main),  Morning Wood (4th & State), Sgt. Preston’s (6th & State), Skagway Inn (7th & Broadway), Westmark (3rd & Spring). Courtesy of SMART Bus

Train Departs 8:15 AM, arrives back in Skagway about 11:30 AM

 Sponsored by WP&YR / Packer Expeditions

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Saturday afternoon sessions at Presbyterian Church (5th & Main)

1:30 – 2:30 PM – The Writer’s Role in the Age of Disinformation and Upheaval

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

Panel: Heather, Kim, Laureli

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(Afternoon Stretch during break led by Mandy/Linda)

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2:40 – 4:15 PM– Participant Readings 
Individual readings of no more than 6-8 minutes

Limit of 6-8 minutes each. Sign up before conference.

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Rest of afternoon free to explore or shop in downtown Skagway, go for a walk, or rest up before evening.

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Saturday Evening Keynote Banquet Schedule 

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM  – Closing Banquet at Westmark Hotel’s Chilkoot Dining Room

Welcome by Mayor Andrew Cremata, Municipality of Skagway

(Select your dinner option in the form online)

Keynote by Tommy Orange in conversation with Daniel Henry and X̱’unei Lance Twitchell in upstairs lounge following dinner at approximately 8:00 PM

Off Book to follow in downtown Skagway

THANKS FOR BEING PART OF NORTH WORDS 2022!