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 spring 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 April 16. 

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 – April 16, 23, 30

Carole Langille – May 7, 14, 21

Stephanie Domet – May 28, June 4, 11

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, and 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 PostQuill & QuireThe CoastMindful 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 WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 9:00pm

Let's Go Deeper: Ways to Access Truth in Poetry

Do you start poems and then stop, not sure where to go with them, and how to take them there? Do you in fact stop writing poems before you start, worried about language, and the effect it has?  In this full-day workshop, we'll work on ways to open up our practice to innovation and honesty, through a variety of writing experiments and approaches, and deep readings. This workshop is open to writers at all stages of their career.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Alice Burdick is the author of four full-length poetry collections, Simple MasterFlutterHoller, and Book of Short SentencesDeportment, a book of selected poems, came out in November 2018 from Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Her work has also appeared in many chapbooks, broadsides, magazines, journals, and anthologies. She has been a judge for various awards, including the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize. She also visits high school English classes as a “Poet In Your Class” through Poetry in Voice/les Voix de la Poésie. She co-owns an independent bookstore in Lunenburg called Lexicon Books.

Location: 
Mahone Bay Centre (Small Conference Room), 45 School St., Mahone Bay
Price: 
$119.00
Member Price: 
$79.00
Date: 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Duende Workshop with John Wall Barger

In 1933 in Buenos Aires, the electrifying Spanish poet Federico García Lorca presented his famous lecture, “Play and Theory of the Duende.” The Duende, Lorca said, is a goblin—as distinct from an angel or a muse—which inhabits great art. But what is this goblin, and what business does it have with our poems? Lorca left us a few cryptic hints. To begin with, “The Duende ... will not approach at all if he does not see the possibility of death, if he is not convinced he will circle death’s house ...” Also, “intellect is oftentimes the foe of poetry because it imitates too much, it elevates the poet to a throne of acute angles and makes him forget that in time the ants can devour him, too ...” In this workshop we will invite the mysterious goblin Duende for a visit. This session will include enthusiastic discussion, lots of examples, and playful writing exercises.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

(John beside a statue of Lorca at the Plaza de Santa Ana, Madrid)

John Wall Barger’s poems appear in American Poetry Review, Rattle, The Awl, The Cincinnati Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best of the Best Canadian Poetry. His poem, “Smog Mother,” was co-winner of The Malahat Review’s 2017 Long Poem Prize. His fourth book, The Mean Game, is coming out with Palimpsest Press in spring 2019. He is an editor for Painted Bride Quarterly.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$79.00
Member Price: 
$49.00
Date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

What We Carry: One-Day Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Do you have a story that wants out? Are you carrying memories of your family’s lives you’d like to pull together into an essay or a book? Is there an object in your life that could be the subject of a fascinating account? Or perhaps you’ve been researching an issue you believe would make a long feature article or a book.

Are you looking for tips on how to start writing, find direction, or reboot a stalled manuscript?

Bring along your questions about creative nonfiction forms such as memoir, life writing, biography, essays, historical works, popular science writing, among others. We’ll spend the day talking about story structure, focus, style, craft issues, and more. We’ll look at several examples of strong creative nonfiction on a variety of topics. You’ll leave with writing tips, a list of resources and a new perspective on your work.

Note 1: Please send either a sample of your nonfiction writing or a description of the project you have in mind to the instructor by May 18, a week before the workshop starts. Include with your writing a question or two you want us to discuss.  

Note 2: Bring a flash drive for downloading a resource file of sample CNF, craft articles, among other useful materials.

This one-day workshop will take place Saturday, May 25 at the Mahone Bay Centre (45 School St., Mahone Bay) from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. 

This workshop is FULL. Please email Programs@writers.ns.ca if you wish to be added to the waitlist.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Lorri Neilsen Glenn is a poet, essayist, teacher, researcher and editor. Her fourteen titles include the popular anthology Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s; a bricolage work of lyric essays, Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry; and poetry collections Lost Gospels and Combustion. Her award-winning creative nonfiction and poetry have been widely anthologized. She is Professor Emerita at Mount Saint Vincent University, a mentor in the University of King’s College Creative Nonfiction MFA program and recipient of awards for innovative teaching, research and her work in the arts. Find her @neilsenglenn.

Location: 
Mahone Bay Centre, 45 School Street, Mahone Bay
Date: 
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Starting a Story

Some readers start at the end and read backwards. This workshop isn’t for them. We’re going to assume that a reader and a story meet at the opening word. So much depends on that first phrase, sentence, paragraph, page. Many great writers have agonized over their openings to seduce their readers into reading on. How have they done it? We’ll examine an array of first pages and see what we can steal to make our own better.

Saturday, May 25, 6:30-9:00 pm at the Baddeck Public Library 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Oisín Curran grew up in Surry, Maine. His first novel, Mopus, was published in 2008 and he was named a “Writer to Watch” by CBC: Canada Writes. His second novel, Blood Fable was picked by the Globe & Mail as one of the most anticipated novels for the fall of 2017 and won the 2018 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Curran lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, with his wife and two children.

$49 for WFNS members

$79 for non-members

Location: 
Baddeck Public Library, 526 Chebucto St., Baddeck
Price: 
$79.00
Member Price: 
$49.00
Date: 
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Writing Picture Books

This is a hands-on writing workshop for beginning and emerging writers of children’s picture books. You will generate ideas for stories through writing activities, explore writing tools and technique, develop and workshop a new picture book manuscript, and receive feedback on your manuscript from the instructor and workshop participants. While the focus of this workshop is on writing, you will also learn something of the business of publishing picture books. No prerequisites or pre-existing writing are required to participate – come to creatively explore the craft of writing for children.

This workshop will take place at the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (1113 Marginal Road, Halifax) in three parts over three Thursday evenings: 

Thursday, June 13, 6-9 pm

Thursday, June 20, 6-9 pm

Thursday, June 27, 6-9 pm 

This workshop is priced at $145 for WFNS members and $209 for non-members (includes a 2019 membership to the WFNS).

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

(Author photo by Shyronn Smardon)

Shauntay Grant is the author of several picture books for children including Up Home, winner of a Best Atlantic Published Book prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, and Africville, nominated for a 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and she has shared her children’s poetry and prose internationally at festivals and events in Canada, the United States, England, the Caribbean, and Australia. A former poet laureate for the City of Halifax (2009–11), she teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University. Visit her online at shauntaygrant.com.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:00pm

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