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Critique sessions with writer-in-residence Fred Stenson will be available for 10 writers working in fiction, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting. Writers will be asked to pre-submit 15 pages for critique, and 40-minute one-on-one sessions will be scheduled for July 6 and 7 in Nelson.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration opens Saturday, June 10 and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Cost for review and critique of up to 2500 words of pre-submitted work in fiction, creative nonfiction, or screenwriting plus a 40-minute one-on-one consultation: $75
  • Value of critique and consultation with an established, talented literary professional: priceless
  • Don’t forget Fred’s talk on the writing craft on Thursday, July 6 at 7:30pm. Scroll down for more information.

Once registered you’ll be invited to submit a one-page description of your project and any explanations or questions you may have along with your writing. Deadline to submit for critique will be Thursday, June 22.

Questions? Please contact us.

About Holley Rubinsky and Fred Stenson:

Writer, teacher, and mentor Holley Rubinsky passed away in August 2015 in Kaslo, B.C. She was the author of three story collections and one novel, and was the first recipient of The Journey Prize. She hosted writing retreats at her Kaslo home, offering support, mentorship and critique, drawing gratitude and occasionally blood: Holley was legendary in her directness, passionate as she was in her desire to draw out the very best in a writer. It was important to Holley that her legacy of literary mentorship and critique continue. Thanks to a generous bequest, Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival offers the annual Holley Rubinsky Memorial Blue Pencil Sessions, this year with accomplished author Fred Stenson.

All are welcome to join Fred’s talk on the writing craft:

Fiction Writing: Is there a right way? Or is that the wrong question?
Does fiction writing change with the times? With the project? With the readers? With the writer? Explore these questions with a veteran of the craft.

Thursday, July 6 at 7:30pm
Kootenay School of the Arts
606 Victoria St. Room 310

Admission by donation ($5 suggested)

Fred Stenson copyright Greg Gerrard-1

Fred Stenson has written 19 books and 150 films and videos. His sixth novel and ninth book of fiction, Who By Fire, was published by Doubleday Canada in 2014 and was long-listed for the IMPAC Award. His other fiction titles include the historical novels The Great Karoo, Lightning, and The Trade. The Trade won the WGA George Bugnet Novel Award, The City of Edmonton Book Prize, and the Grant MacEwan Writer’s Prize. It was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. The Great Karoo won the Grant MacEwan Writer’s Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Thing Feigned or Imagined, Stenson’s book on the craft of fiction, is available from Banff Centre Press. Stenson was the director of the Wired Writing Studio at The Banff Centre for 15 years. He is a regular columnist for Alberta Views magazine. He was the 2015-16 Writer In Residence at the University of Alberta. He lives in Cochrane, Alberta.

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