The Northern Pen Young Writer’s conference is for dedicated mature high school juniors and seniors who desire to grow their writing through travel, nature and instruction. Intensive workshops in fiction and creative nonfiction, taught by award-winning writers Matthew Dickerson and Leslie Leyland Fields, in fiction and creative nonfiction, will feature interactive teaching on craft, reading like a writer, and manuscript critique. Outside of class, the stunning environment provides additional opportunity for inspiration and activity. The camp is nestled in the Matanuska Valley just ten minutes away from the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier. Activities such as hiking, canoeing and kayaking are available right outside the cabin doors.

In addition to craft sessions on fiction and creative non-fiction, there will also be sessions on outdoor writing and nature writing.  The conference has received generous scholarship support from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.   

See the COSTS tab and application form for more information on scholarships.

Outside of class, the stunning environment provides additional opportunity for inspiration as well as outdoor activities. The camp is nestled in the Matanuska Valley between the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains just ten minutes away from the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier. and there will be various activities and excursions to take advantage of the beautiful surrounding wilderness.

Applications, including fees, writing samples, and letters of recommendation, will be due by March 1, 2017

Letters of acceptance will be mailed on or before May 1, 2017

Send applications to:

The Northern Pen Young Writers' Conference
Leslie Leyland Fields
4022 Cliffside Rd.
Kodiak, AK 99615