The Northern Pen Young Writers’ Conference

An exciting new opportunity for young Alaskan writers and composers is underway! The Northern Pen Conference of Prose and Music is currently accepting students for our inaugural session. Our goal is to combine music and prose in order to better understand people’s relationship to place. Award-winning author Matthew Dickerson will guide our young writers, and Anchorage composer Michael Dickerson will work with our developing musicians. We are also honored to include Hollis Mickey as our interdisciplinary guest artist. She will coach our students through the process of defining and owning their artistic vision, and will offer insight into the challenge of collaborating across artistic media.

Our conference will take place on October 12-15, 2017 in Sutton, Alaska, where students will enjoy direct contact with the beautiful natural environment of Alaska. They will participate in workshops, spend time writing in response to their environment, and benefit from personalized faculty feedback. Our conference will culminate in a presentation of their collaborative work, and will be followed up by opportunities to share student work at the Anchorage Museum and at the arts organization OutNorth.

~ Michael Dickerson

Applications accepted until September 10. For more information, or to reserve your place, please see our website, or email Michael Dickerson at

The conference occurs in the Matanuska Valley between the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains, just minutes away from spectacular Matanuska Glacier.


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