• Educational opportunities in 2020


This will be the fifth year of the Blue Pencil sessions, named for writer, teacher, and mentor Holley Rubinsky.

Past Writers-in-Residence authors have been Caroline Adderson (2016), Fred Stenson, (2017), Susan Musgrave (2018), and Marilyn Bowering (2019).

Check back here to learn who our 2020 Writer-in-Residence will be!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration 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: $75.
  • Value of critique and consultation with an established, talented literary professional: priceless

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.

Questions? Please contact us.

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.  ****************

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