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Fernie Writers Conference in Whitefish, Montana

August 17, 2020 - August 23, 2020

You may ask, what does the Fernie Writers Conference have to do with Wilderness Medicine or Avalanche Education?


Writers helping writers


My answer is Everything! As writers we need each other.


Collaboration. Network. Create.




This week-long workshop is a blend of life coaching and writing the ‘hard stuff’.

Writing memoir, creative non-fiction or personal essay can be daunting.

Susan Purvis and Sara Fisher will provide a safe, caring, and listening environment for attendees to express their story, with authentic emotional exploration and connection.

We will address what is in the way of getting it onto the page and out into the world.


Susan will present story structure and function because having the right structure from the beginning will allow you to build a solid framework to tell your story.

Sara’s will explore with you what is possible in your writing and in your life.

Writing, reading and critique is part of the daily program.

Evening reads for all conference attendees will be available.







About the Conference

Due to COVID, the conference will be held in Whitefish, MT for US citizens and teachers. 

The annual conference will be a mix of week-long and three-day intensive workshops held in the mornings, panel discussions in the afternoons with readings and performances in the evenings. This year we invited several editors and literary agents to mix with the writers over the week.

Registration is now open with a fully refundable deposit to hold a workshop spot. As before, the intensive workshop sessions are limited to eight to ten students. Early registration, with or without a deposit, is encouraged to assure your spot. Go to the Registration and Tuition page to learn the full details.

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Or call Keith Liggett at 250-423-8657


August 17, 2020
August 23, 2020
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Payment can be made by PayPal or by mailing a check payable to Crested Butte Outdoors, LLC for the appropriate course.  We will accept deposits equal to 50% of the full course price if you pay by check.

A full refund, minus a $120 cancellation fee, will be issued to any student canceling if more than 31 days remain before the start of the class.  No refunds will be issued within 31 days of the class start date.  In the unlikely event that a course is canceled, a full refund will be issued.

Registration is closed for this event.