The EMLF committee is passionate about offering opportunities for the younger members of our community to engage in the literary arts throughout the year.

EMLF Children & Youth Workshop Program

In 2018 EMLF is partnering with the Nelson Public Library and launching their first series of children & youth outreach initiatives with three workshops designed to encourage a love of the literary arts for various age groups living in the Nelson area. This program is generously funded by Nelson Rotary and Nelson & District Credit Union


PATCHWORK POETRY for Teens (Ages 12-18) with Rayya Liebich


Tuesday April 17, 4-6pm
Nelson Public Library

As part of the Youth Arts Hub (YAH) series poet Rayya Liebich will demonstrate the power of Patchwork Poetry. Stealing lines from poems by great poets youth will re-create new original poems drawing from their our own experiences and imaginations. Playing with form, creating erasure poetry and through fun writing games the group will collaboratively create poems together. All levels and life experiences welcome.



NO MORE RULES with Yolanda Ridge

Open to pre-registered classes only CLASSES FULL

Friday May 4, 10am
Nelson Public Library

EMLF will partner with the Nelson Library to bring in Rossland author, Yolanda Ridge, to give a presentation to elementary school students. Yolanda’s presentation, called No More Rules, will be aimed at 8-10 year olds. She will read from her middle reader novel, Trouble in the Trees, and get students thinking about rules in a fun and interactive way. Activities include a fun quiz called “You Can’t Do That!” where students have to decide whether 10 different laws are true or false, and staging a mock protest.


Yolanda Ridge reads from her novel Trouble in the Trees

Yolanda Ridge answers question from Hume Elementary students

Yolanda Ridge – No More Rules!










POETRY and SPOKEN WORD for Teens (Ages 12-18) with Brad Bradley


Saturday June 2, 10 am – 12 noon
Nelson Public Library

Spoken word is a popular performance art that is word based. In this workshop youth will discover the aesthetics of word play, intonation and voice inflection and practice their skills creating and then reciting their poetry aloud. Youth will be provided with an opportunity to get behind the mic and let it flow. In order to share the work, the spoken word pieces will be audio recorded by the instructor and put up on SoundCloud.