Established in 1974, the Skagway Arts Council is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is to improve and enrich the quality of life in Skagway by expanding and diversifying art awareness and involvement.

Skagway hosts inaugural North Words Writers Symposium June 3-6

Several recognized authors from the 49th State are coming to beautiful and historical Skagway, Alaska on June 3-6 to launch the first-ever North Words Writers Symposium.
Keynoter speaker will be best-selling mystery writer Dana Stabenow, who will lead panels along with several writers, historians and editors from around the state.
They include Nick Jans, Sherry Simpson, Kim Heacox, Kaylene Johnson, David Hunsaker, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Daniel Henry, Elizabeth Dabney, Nita Nettleton, Peggy Shumaker, and Tim Woody.
Local color and story ideas will be offered by historian Karl Gurcke and editor-publisher Jeff Brady, along with conference coordinator Buckwheat Donahue of the Skagway Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In addition to engaging in panel discussions about writing and publishing, registered symposium participants will get to travel to Lake Bennett on the White Pass & Yukon Route and float through Dyea on a raft tour.
Registration information and a complete list of panel topics and activities may be found at – there also is a link to a great interview with Donahue and Henry on the popular 49 Writers site about how the symposium came to be.
The event is sponsored by the Skagway CVB with generous support from Alaska Magazine, The Skagway News Co., and Sgt. Preston’s Lodge.

For more information:
Buckwheat Donahue, 907-983-2854, or

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