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Experience the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

Writing in a dangerous time

It’s EMLF’s 10th anniversary! That’s ten years of showcasing some of Canada’s finest authors alongside talented writers from this neck of the woods. We have great things planned for this milestone year, which promises to be online and unforgettable. Our 10th anniversary theme, Writing in a Dangerous Time, celebrates literary courage in our changing world, whether that’s taking creative risks, tackling difficult subjects, or in the very act of being a writer.

It takes courage to put on a literary festival in these times, too, but we’re ready to be nimble with Covid-safe online events and workshops.

EMLF is both a readers’ and writers’ festival, promising plenty of food for thought and a healthy dose of merriment, too. Check out our growing Festival lineup!

Note: our online events are free, with donations gratefully accepted. Fees apply to workshops.

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2021 Festival Lineup

Schedule of Events

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Here's who will be at the

Festival this year

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Upcoming Events

  • Keynote: Writing in a Dangerous Time
    Wed., Jul. 07
    Online Event
    Jul. 07, 7:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    with Cheryl Foggo Co-sponsor with Nelson Public Library (co-promotion) 60 mins including introduction, talk, Q & A By donation
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  • Craft Talk: Writing for Children and Youth
    Jul. 08, 5:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Join celebrated author of books for babies, kids, and teens Richard Van Camp for a talk about the art and process of writing books for youth! The event will include a talk and a Q&A with Richard.
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  • Celebrating Local
    Thu., Jul. 08
    Online Event
    Jul. 08, 7:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Enjoy an evening of readings and (at home) wine pairings with some of our finest local authors, Pat Henman, Shayna Jones, Zaynab Mohammed and Rayya Leibich.
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  • Alumni Reading
    Fri., Jul. 09
    Online Event
    Jul. 09, 7:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Join three authors from our very first festival: Lisa Moore, John Vaillant, and Fred Wah
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  • Panel: Publishers Round Table
    Sat., Jul. 10
    Online Event
    Jul. 10, 2:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Join publishers from across Canada to discuss the state of the industry and how it's changing during this past year
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  • Panel: Writing in a Dangerous Time
    Sat., Jul. 10
    Online Event
    Jul. 10, 3:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Share
  • All-Star Reading
    Sat., Jul. 10
    Online Event
    Jul. 10, 7:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Join Clem Martini, Cheryl Foggo, Jenna Butler and Richard Van Camp for an evening of readings and conversation with CBC NXNW host Sheryl McKay
    Share
  • Carver Award & Workshop Open Mic
    Sun., Jul. 11
    Online Event
    Jul. 11, 2:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Join us to enjoy the work of our workshop participants, socialize and celebrate our 10th anniversary closing weekend!
    Share
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Upcoming Events

  • Keynote: Writing in a Dangerous Time
    Wed., Jul. 07
    Online Event
    Jul. 07, 7:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    with Cheryl Foggo Co-sponsor with Nelson Public Library (co-promotion) 60 mins including introduction, talk, Q & A By donation
    Share
  • Blue Pencil Sessions with Jenna Butler
    Thu., Jul. 08
    Online July 8/9 Individual Times Scheduled
    Jul. 08, 10:00 a.m.
    Online July 8/9 Individual Times Scheduled
    Get one on one feedback on pre-submitted writing (poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction) with Jenna Butler
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  • Blue Pencil Sessions with Anne DeGrace
    Thu., Jul. 08
    Online July 8/9 Individual Times Scheduled
    Jul. 08, 10:00 a.m.
    Online July 8/9 Individual Times Scheduled
    Get one on one feedback on 2,500 words of pre-submitted writing (fiction and creative nonfiction) with author and editor Anne DeGrace
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  • Craft Talk: Writing for Children and Youth
    Jul. 08, 5:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Join celebrated author of books for babies, kids, and teens Richard Van Camp for a talk about the art and process of writing books for youth! The event will include a talk and a Q&A with Richard.
    Share
  • Celebrating Local
    Thu., Jul. 08
    Online Event
    Jul. 08, 7:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Enjoy an evening of readings and (at home) wine pairings with some of our finest local authors, Pat Henman, Shayna Jones, Zaynab Mohammed and Rayya Leibich.
    Share
  • Alumni Reading
    Fri., Jul. 09
    Online Event
    Jul. 09, 7:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Join three authors from our very first festival: Lisa Moore, John Vaillant, and Fred Wah
    Share
  • Comics Workshop
    Sat., Jul. 10
    Online Event
    Jul. 10, 9:00 a.m. – Jul. 11, 12:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Learn how to create narratives from personal experience through comics. This worshop runs Saturday and Sunday from 9am to noon.
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  • Nature Writing Workshop
    Sat., Jul. 10
    Online Event
    Jul. 10, 9:00 a.m. – Jul. 11, 12:00 p.m.
    Online Event
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  • Play Writing Workshop
    Sat., Jul. 10
    Online Event
    Jul. 10, 9:00 a.m. – Jul. 11, 12:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Share
  • Poetry Workshop
    Sat., Jul. 10
    Online Event
    Jul. 10, 9:00 a.m. – Jul. 11, 12:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Share
  • Panel: Publishers Round Table
    Sat., Jul. 10
    Online Event
    Jul. 10, 2:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Join publishers from across Canada to discuss the state of the industry and how it's changing during this past year
    Share
  • Panel: Writing in a Dangerous Time
    Sat., Jul. 10
    Online Event
    Jul. 10, 3:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Share
  • Panel: Making Comics in a Dangerous Time
    Jul. 10, 4:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Share
  • All-Star Reading
    Sat., Jul. 10
    Online Event
    Jul. 10, 7:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Join Clem Martini, Cheryl Foggo, Jenna Butler and Richard Van Camp for an evening of readings and conversation with CBC NXNW host Sheryl McKay
    Share
  • Carver Award & Workshop Open Mic
    Sun., Jul. 11
    Online Event
    Jul. 11, 2:00 p.m.
    Online Event
    Join us to enjoy the work of our workshop participants, socialize and celebrate our 10th anniversary closing weekend!
    Share