College of the Rockies Offers Course as Part of Literary Festival

College of the Rockies Offers Course as Part of Literary Festival

submitted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

College of the Rockies is taking its show on the road with a creative non-fiction writing course being held in Nelson, one of three courses being offered in conjunction with the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival this summer.

Angie Abdou

Photo: Angie Abdou looks forward to mentoring students in her creative non-fiction course being held in conjunction with the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival. Photo credit: 6:8 Photography

Instructed by well-known Canadian author and COTR faculty member Angie Abdou, this course will include an online component from June 26 to July 5 followed by classroom in Nelson July 8 to 12.  Festival events run from July 11 to 14.

“In Nelson, students will spend part of the day working on their own writing with my mentorship and the other part of the day hearing from some of the country's most established writers - what could be more inspiring than that?!” says Abdou. “I expect it to be a transformative week.”

College of the Rockies’ course is designed for students looking to develop their writing skills in the major forms of creative non-fiction including the personal essay, memoir, biography or travel writing.

Angie Abdou is the author of three books.  Anything Boys Can Do was praised by the Victoria Times Colonist for its original take on female sexuality.  The Bone Cage, a novel about Olympic athletes was the inaugural One Book, One Kootenay pick as well as a 2011 Canada Reads finalist and 2012 MacEwen Book of the Year.  Her latest novel, The Canterbury Trail, was a finalist for the Banff Mountain Book of the Year and winner of an independent publisher’s award (an Ippy).

The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival includes readings and panel presentations by M.G. Vassanji, two-time winner of the Giller Prize as well as the Governor-General’s Literary Award, Trillium Book Award winner Camilla Gibb and Terry Fallis, 2011 Canada Reads winner and recipient of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

Additional Festival events include an opening gala featuring local writers, a spoken word youth workshop and an opportunity for attendees to pitch their manuscript to a literary agent.

“I hope aspiring writers will take advantage of this unique and exciting opportunity.  This kind of exposure to established writers made a huge difference in my own development as a writer,” Abdou adds.

Find out more about the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival, including course descriptions and registration details.   Learn more about College of the Rockies creative non-fiction course.

For more information contact:

Donna Kraus-Hagerman

Executive Director, College Relations and Marketing

College of the Rockies

Phone: 250-489-8258



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