Join us September 13-15, in Seeley Lake and Missoula, MT for Writing the West: The Way Forward. The 2019 Festival will feature some of the West's outstanding authors: Michael Punke, Rick Bass, Debra Magpie Earling, Judy Blunt, Richard Manning, Annick Smith, Dan O'Brien, Peter Stark and filmmakers from The Revenant and Perma Red, an upcoming TV series and is presented by Alpine Artisans and Clearwater Montana Properties. This year, the In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival will explore the work of outstanding Western authors who have 'followed in the footsteps' of Norman Maclean, featuring our theme: Writing the West: The Way Forward. Saturday's Program: At MCT Theater, Missoula Our theme, Writing the West: A Way Forward, is reflected in the entire body of work of our keynote speaker, Michael Punke. Other Saturday speakers who will address these challenges within the context of their work include Rick Bass, Debra Magpie Earling, Peter Stark, Dan O'Brien, Judy Blunt, and Richard Manning. Saturday evening features our Gala Dinner with an address by Annick Smith who asks, Is This Still the Last Best Place? Friday's Program: In Seeley Lake & Missoula Friday's tours include “Norman Maclean's “neighborhood” in Seeley Lake and “Norman's Favorite Fishing Holes” on the Blackfoot River. John Maclean will keynote an event Friday at the Museum of Forest Service History featuring the re-printing of Elers Koch's book 40 Years a Forester: 1903-1943 with Eler's Grandson, Peter Koch. Sunday's Program: At MCT Theater, Missoula Both the Sunday morning and afternoon programs explore the challenges you face to bring an outstanding Western novel to the Big Screen. Sunday morning, the Salish and Blackfeet production team behind Debra Magpie Earling's award-winning novel, Perma Red, will share their process of development and production of this upcoming Perma Red TV series. The afternoon program will tell the story behind the screenwriting challenges of The Revenant, featuring author Michael Punke, the screenwriter Mark Smith and a screening of The Revenant.
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