Storyknife in the Washington Post

“When you’re ready to move from summer reading to summer writing”–Washington Post, June 8, 2017 Excerpt: For women only Men need not apply for Storyknife Writers Retreat, a program in Homer, Alaska, founded by mystery-novel powerhouse Dana Stabenow. For her, Storyknife is a way to repay a creative debt. Early in her career, she attended […]

Preparing the Cabin

On May 12th, we mounted the sign on the Frederica cabin, readying for September’s resident. The cabin has been named after Frederica de Laguna, an ethnologist, anthropologist, archeologist, and writer. William W. Fitzburgh writes, “De Laguna, known to friends and colleagues throughout her life as ‘Freddy,’ spent the first two decades of her professional life […]

Hooray! Storyknife is now a 501c3 nonprofit corporation!

Yes, I returned from the second Alaska Women’s Summit in Anchorage to find The Letter in Storyknife’s mailbox, complete with EIN and DLN and ID and every number we need to make us tax deductible. The takeaway here is: From April 2, 2013, every dime anyone gives or gave Storyknife is tax deductible. Now I […]


WRITER DANA STABENOW LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO BUILD STORYKNIFE RETREAT IN HOMER First Phase of Campaign Aims to Raise $1 Million to Develop Alaska Retreat for Women Writers HOMER, ALASKA (April 11, 2013) – Prolific author of the Kate Shugak series of mystery novels and Homer resident Dana Stabenow announced today the launch of her campaign […]

Bulletin from our builder

Scott Bauer sent us a construction timeline: Storyknife Timeline Before full funding is acquired: Septic test holes and design -before breakup ~ April 2013 Extend borough road (Ridge Circle) to lot 9 -after breakup – June 2013 Improve drainage between lots 9 and 10 -after breakup – June 2013 After full funding is acquired: HEA […]

The Team

Dana Stabenow – Founder Dana is the author of twenty-nine novels, fifty columns and many feature articles for Alaska magazine, many short stories and essays, and blog posts too numerous to mention. She lives in Homer, Alaska. Nathan Havey – Communications Director Nathan is the Founder and CEO of Thrive Consulting Group, Inc.  He specializes […]

What’s a Storyknife?

Before you ask: A storyknife is the English translation for the Yupik word yaaruin.  Traditionally, young Yupik girls would use yaaruin, made from wood or bone or antler or ivory, to carve stories in snow and in river banks to amuse their younger siblings. The stories were usually teaching stories, which featured children who disobeyed […]