Please be patient! We know the website doesn’t look great right now but we are working hard to update it after gremlins stole two years’ worth of data.


For the past 10 years NorthWords nwt has been dedicated to northern and indigenous writing.  We know there are hundreds, even thousands, of northerners who have a story to tell and it is our mission to get those stories read, written and heard, in the north, throughout Canada, and beyond.

Latest News

Our one-on-one online mentorship scheme is a fantastic opportunity to get advice from an experienced writer.  See the tab above for details.  BUT HURRY – there are only a few days left as the scheme ends this month!

JOE SACCO WORKSHOP : NorthWords is thrilled that internationally acclaimed graphic journalist Joe Sacco will be running a workshop over two evenings, 23 & 24 March, from 6 – 9.00 pm.  Sorry – this is now fully booked.

10th Anniversary Festival

Our fabulous festival is coming up, 28 – 31 May.

Watch this space for details of guests and much more, as we invite you to come and help celebrate our 10th birthday.

Calling Young Writers!

Sparkler LR     SPARK!   A writing competion for grades 7-12. 


Contact your school or learning centre for details.

Joe Sacco Workshop

SaccoPic2 LRAurora College, Yellowknife: Rm 124 (change from 127 originally advertised)

NOW FULLY BOOKED. The Book Cellar is running a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Recent News

McF workshop 1We had a great workshop on Valentine’s Day with children’s author Sheryl McFarlane.  Particpants ranged from published writers to absolute beginners and the workshop satisfied all, ranging from inspiring exercises to hard-nosed business information.  75% of evaluations gave it an ‘excellent’ and the remainder ‘good’.  In answer to “What could have been better?” the unanimous reply was that it should have been longer. 

McF workshop 2


Workshop and NorthWords AGM – 22 November

There is still time to sign up for Fred Stenson’s workshop ‘Casting a Spell’ at Aurora College, 10 – 2.00 this coming Saturday, 22nd November.   Click here for details. This will be followed by the NorthWords AGM, 2.30, room 308 … Continue reading


One-on-One Mentorship Programme Returns!

  CALLING ALL CREATIVE WRITERS After an exciting pilot last fall / winter, NorthWords one-on-one mentorship programme is returning 3rd November! Are you: working on a short story / novel / memoir / poetry / creative non-fiction thinking about creative … Continue reading



A gremlin has got into our website, stealing news of all the great things we’ve done over the past 2+ years:  No mention of the amazing festivals we had in 2013 and 2014.  Nothing about the many workshops we’ve run.   … Continue reading


We had a great workshop on Valentine’s Day with children’s author Sheryl McFarlane.