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HOLLEY RUBINSKY MEMORIAL BLUE PENCIL SESSIONS

Critique sessions with writer-in-residence Susan Musgrave will be available for 12 writers working in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Writers will be asked to pre-submit 15 pages for critique, and 40-minute one-on-one sessions will be scheduled for July 12 and 13 in Nelson.


Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration opens Saturday, June 2 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 poetry plus a 40-minute one-on-one consultation.
  • Value of critique and consultation with an established, talented literary professional: priceless
  • Don’t forget Susan’s talk on the writing craft on Thursday, July 12 at 7:30pm.

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 21.

Questions? Please contact us.

About Holley Rubinsky and Susan Musgrave:

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 Susan Musgrave.

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

Thursday, July 12 at 7:30pm
Nelson Public Library
602 Stanley Street Nelson

Admission by donation ($5 suggested)

SUSAN MUSGRAVE, who divides her time between Sidney and Masset, B.C., has excelled in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature and more. She has published 19 collections of poems (most recently Origami Dove in 2011), four novels (most recently Given in 20212), and several collections of her essays and books for children. Her most recent edited anthology is Force Field: 77 Women Poets of B.C. (2013).
Musgrave has been an active presence on the Canadian literary scene since her first collection of poems, Songs of the Sea Witch (1970), was published when she was 19. Her most recent book is A Taste of Haida Gwaii (2015), a cookbook including recipes and stories from her life on B.C.’s westernmost island chain.
Musgrave served as a panelist on the 2006 Canada Reads CBC program, and teaches in the University of B.C. creative writing department’s optional residency Master of Fine Arts program. In 2014 she was awarded the $20,000 Matt Cohen Award, given in recognition of “a lifetime of distinguished work by a Canadian writer.”

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