First Words: Fiction

First Words: Fiction

The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is pleased to offer a new session of First Words: Fiction for the winter 2019 season. This section of the nine-week fiction writing course will be led by Carol Bruneau, Stephanie Domet, and Carole Glasser Langille. This session will be offered on Tuesday evenings (7-9 pm) beginning January 22

As a welcoming space for beginner or emerging writers, First Words: Fiction provides an overview of the craft from several professional perspectives. No prerequisites or pre-existing pieces of writing are necessary for participation in this course.

Carol Bruneau – January 22 and 29, and February 5

Carole Langille – February 12, 19, and 26

Stephanie Domet – March 5, 12, and 19

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Carol Bruneau  is the author of five novels, including A Circle on the Surface (Nimbus/Vagrant Press, 2018), and three short story collections, including A Bird on Every Tree, a finalist for the 2018 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. Her first novel, Purple for Sky, won both awards in 2001. Her novel Glass Voices was a Globe and Mail Best Book for 2007 and is a book club favourite. Bruneau’s reviews, stories and essays have appeared nation-wide in newspapers, journals and anthologies. Two of her novels have been published internationally. She lives in Halifax. 

Carole Glasser Langille is the author of four books of poetry, two collections of short stories and two children’s books and has been nominated for The Governor General’s Award for poetry, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and The Alistair MacLeod Award for Short Fiction. She has been Artist/Writer in Residence at the Dalhousie Medical School, given writing workshops and readings in France, India, South Africa and Hawaii.  She teaches in the creative writing program at Dalhousie University. 

Stephanie Domet’s debut novel, Homing (Invisible Publishing, 2007), won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award in 2008. Fallsy Downsies was published in October 2013 by Invisible Publishing, and won the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award in 2014. She is at work on a third novel. Her non-fiction writing has been published in the National Post, Quill & QuireThe Coast, Mindful and other local and national outlets. In addition she has taught writing workshops at the Shelburne Writers’ Festival, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and the Tatamagouche Centre, and has served on literary arts juries for the Canada Council, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. She lives in Halifax, where she makes a mean brisket, and is probably wearing something she sewed herself.

 

$215 for WFNS Members

$279 for non-members (includes a membership to the WFNS for 2019)

(Payment plans are available—please contact programs@writers.ns.ca)
(No refunds available after the start of the course)

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Using Your Life to Create a Story: An Evening with Bestselling Author Lesley Crewe

Prepare to laugh and learn as best-selling novelist Lesley Crewe talks about character development and how to draw on personal experience to enrich a work of fiction. Readings and lecture to be followed by a Q&A led by author Nicola Davison. Refreshments will be served.

ABOUT LESLEY

Lesley Crewe is an author of 10 novels; the latest, Beholden, was released last fall. She was a screenwriter for the movie, Relative Happiness, which debuted in theatres in 2015, and was based on her first novel. She also writes a weekly column for The Chronicle Herald, called Are You Kidding Me? A book of her columns will be released in September, 2019. 

ABOUT NICOLA 

Nicola Davison is a portrait photographer living in Dartmouth with her family and neighbourhood-famous Basset Hound. In 2013, she returned to Nova Scotia after living too far above sea level for thirteen years. She studied English at Dalhousie University and finally put that to use twenty years later by writing a novel. A graduate of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program (under the guidance of Carol Bruneau), she serves as a board member with the WFNS. Her first novel, In The Wake, was published with Nimbus in 2018. 

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$30.00
Member Price: 
$20.00
Date: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Tiny Universes - Writing and Publishing Science Fiction Short Stories

Writing a short story is an opportunity to create/discover a universe of your own. In this full-day workshop, Julian Mortimer Smith will explore theoretical and practical approaches to writing science fiction. The workshop will introduce techniques for developing and clarifying your ideas, using character and plot as portals into your universe, and convincing readers to suspend their disbelief as they join you on your journey. It will also include advice on publishing your stories in magazines, anthologies, and other venues. The workshop is designed to be useful to writers of all levels of experience. Beginners and newcomers to the genre are welcome.  

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Julian Mortimer Smith is an award-winning writer of speculative fiction and an Active Member of the SFWA. He has published more than a dozen short stories in some of the world’s leading science fiction and fantasy venues, including Asimov’s, Terraform, Lightspeed, and Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. He is also an experienced editor who has done freelance work for several major tabletop game companies. You can find out more at http://julianmortimersmith.com/

Location: 
Western Counties Regional Library 405 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS
Price: 
$154.00
Member Price: 
$89.00
Date: 
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:45pm

The Tax Savvy Writer: Get Ready for Income Tax and HST with Michelle Elrick

Did your writing earn you income in 2018? Did it cost you money to write? Are you wondering whether you should (or are required to) register for HST? If so, this workshop is for you. Learn the basic reporting requirements for self-employed artists, get tips on how to account for your writing practice, and walk away with an in-depth understanding of HST, including when and how to register.

Artists often earn income through grants, commissions, honorariums, royalties and performance contracts. Some years are more lucrative than others, though not all income is taxable. Expenses, too, can vary from year to year making it difficult to budget for tax and even harder to build a self-employment income average. In this half day workshop, book writer and bookkeeper Michelle Elrick will walk you through the tax cycle, highlighting the income and expense items that will become part of your 2018 tax return. Participants will learn how to prepare a Statement of Business Activities, and will be given guidance on how to collect and submit their accounting package if working with an accountant.

Note: Specific questions regarding your unique employment situation will be welcomed in advance by email and addressed during the workshop. Please send your questions to programs@writers.ns.ca by March 5.   

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Michelle Elrick is an award-winning writer and the author of two books of poetry, including then/again (Nightwood, 2017). She also writes and directs poetry films and performs as part of the poetry/music duo River of Diamonds. To fill the income gaps in her artistic career, Michelle runs a small bookkeeping firm called Islet Small Business Solutions, where she specializes in accounting for start-ups and arts industry professionals. www.michelleelrick.com / www.isletsolutions.com

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$89.00
Member Price: 
$59.00
Date: 
Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Poetry Experiments with Jaime Forsythe

In this three-hour workshop, we will attempt to shake off some of the winter chill by writing through a series of prompts together. We will read poems that will serve as inspiration and jumping-off points, and write in response to catalysts such as images, found text, questions, objects, sounds, and more. The goal is to warm up, experiment, and generate material – you can expect to leave with a few full notebook pages.

This workshop is open to all levels; no previous experience writing poetry is required.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Jaime Forsythe’s first collection of poetry, Sympathy Loophole, was published by Mansfield Press in 2012, and her second, I Heard Something, was released in 2018 by Anvil Press' A Feed Dog Book imprint. Her poems have appeared in The Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, Public Pool, Minola Review, This Magazine and more. She has twice been a mentor in the WFNS Alastair MacLeod Mentorship Program, and has taught writing workshops in a variety of venues, including elementary schools, at Dalhousie University and Mount Allison university, and to youth and adults in the community.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$79.00
Member Price: 
$49.00
Date: 
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Navigating Income Streams for Writers

Independent and hybrid authors face muddy waters when it comes to distribution choices, crowdfunding possibilities, and how to get our work into the hands of readers. How does the money flow in, and then how do we wisely re-invest in marketing and promotion to find our readers? This professional development session will help you understand and navigate the various income stream possibilities as you dip your oar into independent publishing.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR


Sherry D. Ramsey is a speculative fiction writer, editor, publisher, creativity addict and self-confessed internet geek. When she's not writing, she makes jewelry, gardens, hones her creative procrastination skills on social media, and consumes far more coffee and chocolate than is likely good for her. Sherry writes for both adults and younger readers, and two of her books have been Amazon category bestsellers. She is a member of the WFNS Writer’s Council, and is also a past Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer of SF Canada, Canada's national association for Speculative Fiction Professionals. She keeps a website at www.sherrydramsey.com.

Location: 
CBU Cooperative Study Club, New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation, 37 Nepean Street, Sydney
Price: 
$40.00
Member Price: 
$25.00
Date: 
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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