Simon Winchester to headline Skagway writers camp

Posted on February 18, 2014 

Bestselling historian will keynote North Words Symposium in May.


One of the best working historians, Simon Winchester, will be the keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual North Words Writers Symposium in Skagway, May 28-31. 

Winchester is the author of 22 books, including bestsellers “The Professor and the Madman,” “The Man Who Loved China” “A Crack in the Edge of the World” and one on my shelf at the moment, “The Map that Changed the World.” His latest book is “The Men Who United the States” (Harper Collins).

Winchester will be joined by sort of an Alaska writers all-star lineup, including Nora and Richard Dauenhauer, Nick Jans, Lael Morgan, John Straley and Deb Vanasse. Course credit is available through the Universityh of Alaska Southeast. 

In addition to panel discussions, one-on-one sessions and readings, the symposium will offer a train trip on the White Pass and Yukon Railroad, a Dyea cabin retreat, the fabulous keynote banquet at Poppies Restaurant at Jewell Gardens, and the Red Onion Saloon taco feed and brothel tour.

Registration is $300, and the symposium is limited to 50 participants. For more information, go to or e-mail:



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