EMLF 2021 has more educational opportunities than ever before. 

Once again we’ve doubled the opportunities for aspiring writers to receive professional critiques through the

Holley Rubinsky Memorial Blue Pencil Sessions with either Jenna Butler or Anne DeGrace.

Cost for critique and one-on-one consultation is $70 (value: priceless)

We’ve got four small-group workshops on offer (limit: 10). Registration is open.

All workshops are $100 and run Saturday and Sunday from 9am to noon.

If cost is a barrier, please reach out.

Wild Words: Nature Writing with Jenna Butler

Poetry in Motion: Master the Poetic Craft with Carla Funk

Curtain Up! Playwriting with Clem Martini

Material Transformation: From Concept to Craft to Comics with Sami Alwani


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2021 is the seventh year of the Blue Pencil Sessions, named for writer, teacher, and mentor Holley Rubinsky.
Past writers offering one-on-one critiques have been Caroline Adderson (2016), Fred Stenson, (2017), Susan Musgrave (2018), Marilyn Bowering (2019), and Jenna Butler and Nelson’s Verna Relkoff (2020). Writers submit writing two weeks in advance (word limits apply) and receive a written critique plus a one-on-one consultation.