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Nancy Owens Barnes 
Author & Freelance Writer


Books -

South to Alaska

Moose for Breakfast




~ News and Happenings ~

  • Coeur d'Alene Magazine (Winter-Spring 2010) features Nancy Owens Barnes
    as one of nine North Idaho writers who have gained acclaim for their work.

  • September 2010, Nancy Owens Barnes and three other North Idaho writers to launch WRITING NORTH IDAHO blog. The blog serves as a web retreat to connect writers in the North Idaho panhandle area with
    a focus on writing-related events, news, opportunities and knowledge sharing.

  • New book trailer for SOUTH TO ALASKA!
    Click the arrow below to view the trailer,
    then explore this website for additional information on SOUTH TO ALASKA and other writing.




In 1926 a 10-year-old Oklahoma boy dreams of living in in the "north country." Nearly fifty years later, he builds a boat in his backyard and begins a 10,000-mile watery journey to Alaska by way of the Panama Canal. He has never been south of the United States border and has never been on a boat in the open ocean. Enter a humbling world  where crawdads school us, where rivers beckon us, and where the natural  texture of life reveals itself. Craft your passive voice into active voice with this short and simple guide for beginning writers.

Barnes' book also available through online booksellers and your local bookstores―


Copyright 2009 Nancy Owens Barnes