First Words: Fiction

The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is pleased to offer a third session of First Words: Fiction, a nine-week course led by Elaine McCluskey, Sarah Mian and Binnie Brennan. The third session is offered on Monday evenings beginning September 10

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.

 

Sarah Mian - September 10, 17, 24

Elaine McCluskey - October 15, 22, 29

Binnie Brennan - November 5, 19, 26

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Binnie Brennan is the award-winning author of three books of fiction, Like Any Other Monday (Gaspereau Press), A Certain Grace: Stories, and Harbour View (Quattro Books). Her short fiction has been published in numerous literary journals. Binnie takes great pleasure in working with emerging writers through workshops and mentorship, both through First Words and the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program at the WFNS. She lives in Halifax, where she plays the viola with Symphony Nova Scotia.

Elaine McCluskey is the author of three books of short fiction and two novels. One of her stories was a Journey Prize finalist; another placed second in the Fish short story contest in Ireland. All of her books are set in the Maritimes and they have been described as darkly humorous. Elaine’s stories have been published in Canadian literary journals including The Dalhousie Review, The Antigonish Review, Room, The Fiddlehead, Riddle Fence, QWERTY, The Puritan, and Other Voices. She has an MA from Western and now works as the non-fiction editor at Nimbus Publishing.

Sarah Mian's debut novel, When the Saints, received the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award, the John & Margaret Savage First Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2016 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. She lives in Queensland, Nova Scotia.

COST

$180 for WFNS members 
$240 for non-members (includes $60 membership)
(Payment plans are available)
(No refunds available after the start of the course)

LOCATION

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax

WHEN

Monday, September 10 - Monday, November 26, 7-9 pm (*note: no class on October 1 and October 8 and November 12) 

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

 

Location: 
Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Monday, September 10, 2018 - 7:00pm to Monday, November 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Discovering Strangeness: An Exploration of Wild Poetry

“Discovering Strangeness” is an exploration of wild poetry, the unfamiliar and the enticing, the odd and the erratic, the dark, the tangled, the gnarled, and the knotted. We can get lost there, or find a way out. We will use strategies of mapping to think about what we’re writing, and invent forms that suit the dynamics of new work. Through de-familiarizing ourselves with a way of writing we’ve grown comfortable with, splicing other writing into it, and cutting and shaping our work in ways we might not have considered, we can find what we didn’t know we wanted to say.

This course will take place as four two-hour sessions on Saturdays October 13, 20, 27, and November 10 (no course November 3). 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

(author photo: Kate Waters)

Anne Simpson writes poetry, fiction, and essays. She has published seven books, four of which were Globe and Mail Best 100 Books. Her second book of poetry, Loop (McClelland & Stewart, 2003) won the Griffin Poetry Prize; her fifth collection, Strange Attractor, will be published in 2019. Her third novel, Speechless, will be published the following year. She has been a writer-in-residence in libraries and universities across Canada, most recently at Green College at the University of British Columbia. 

Location: 
St. James United Church, 197 Main St., Antigonish, NS
Price: 
$150.00
Member Price: 
$90.00
Date: 
Repeats every 5 weeks every Saturday until Sat Nov 10 2018 except Sat Nov 03 2018.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Professional Development for WITS writers

We’re encouraging Writers' Council members to attend this professional development session specially for those involved in the Writers in the Schools program. Don Aker and Philip Moscovitch will offer tips on upping your WITS experience, including ideas for engaging audiences of different ages and getting more WITS visits. The session takes place from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, at the WFNS Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax. Refreshments and food will be served. It’s free for WITS participants. RSVP to Linda Hudson at wits@writers.ns.ca

Location: 
WFNS Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Poetry Experiments with Jaime Forsythe

In this one-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of entry points into writing poems in a positive, welcoming space. The focus will be on generating new work and ideas, and participants will write in response to exercises and prompts, which will be provided and may be drawn from: published works read aloud, images, found text, questions, objects, the dictionary, sounds, collaboration and more.

This workshop is open to all levels, and 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 Alistair 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: 
WFNS Head Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS
Price: 
$120.00
Member Price: 
$90.00
Date: 
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Introduction to Spoken Word

The Introduction to Spoken Word workshop will focus on the very basics of spoken word poetry. The participants will learn how they can create their stage presence and will explore ways in which the poet moves the audience, while also taking care of themselves through the process. There will be time and space to both write and perform during this workshop to help each participant build a solid foundation.

(Photo by Dylan Chew)

About the instructor:

Andre Fenton has a passion for storytelling across many different mediums such as creative fiction, poetry, and film. He is the recipient of the Spirit of The Slam Award which he received during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2015. Andre has performed and represented Halifax at 7 national poetry slams across Canada and has been featured on CBC, The Coast, and TELUS stories. Andre is currently a member at large on the board of Spoken Word Canada and a member of the board of directors for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. He is an author of a collection of poetry called Ode to Teen Angst, and has a forthcoming novel with Formac publishing called Worthy of Love set to be released on October 1st of 2018.

Location: 
WFNS Head Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$60.00
Member Price: 
$30.00
Date: 
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cultivating Your Voice: Writing Fiction for Children and Young Adults

This workshop is a practical behind-the-scenes look at the everyday experiences Jessica Scott Kerrin curates to develop material for her stories. In so doing, she demonstrates how everyone has experiences worth sharing. She shows step-by-step how she hones an observation and turns it into a completed manuscript ready for publication. She also includes video clips, short readings and several writing exercises to help you cultivate your voice, your stories. This workshop is intended to benefit writers who are particularly interested in creating works of fiction for children and young adults.

Participants will need to bring a notebook/paper to participate in the writing exercises.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

The best-selling author of 15 works of fiction (chapter books, middle readers and picture books), Jessica Scott Kerrin has presented at literary conferences across Canada and the United States. She has taught writing workshops for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Mount Saint Vincent University, the Association of English Teachers of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators and Performers and the International Reading Association. In addition, she has served on juries for many national and Atlantic Canadian writing competitions, including the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards. She lives in Halifax and favours Atlantic Canadian settings in her work.


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

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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