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Elephant Mountain Literary Festival celebrates 10 years with free events

By Contributor
June 14th, 2021

For the first time, Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival can be accessed from anywhere in the world. That’s because the Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year from July 7 – 11, is entirely online. But 2021 Festival organizers have taken accessibility a step further, making all events free (donations welcome) and small-group online workshops affordable.

 “All people need to do is register for author readings, talks, and panel discussions to receive a link and a reminder,” says Executive Director Robyn Lamb.

“As for the workshops, we’ve kept prices low and invite anyone for whom cost is a barrier to reach out.”

While there is no limit to the audience size for events such as the Celebrating Local, Alumni, and All-Star readings, or the craft talks or panel discussions, workshops are limited to just 10 people — and so writers are encouraged to register soon.

On offer is Wild Words: Nature Writing with Jenna Butler; Curtains Up! Play Writing with Clem Martini; Poetry in Motion with Carla Funk; and From Concept to Craft in Comics with Sami Alwani. Also available are one-on-one critique sessions of pre-submitted writing with literary professionals: there are ten spots each with authors Jenna Butler and Anne DeGrace.

Full information about the workshops and instructors as well as the complete schedule of events is available at

Photo Caption: Graphic novelist Sami Alwani teaches a workshop on creating comics at EMLF 2021. — Photo courtesy Kirk Lisage

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