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

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).

Sorry! This class is full. 

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

Portrait Sessions with Nicola Davison

All writers need a professional author headshot. Whether it is for social media, your author’s website, the Writers in the Schools brochure, or for your book jacket: your image connects you with your audience. Here is your chance.

We held portraits sessions with Nicola Davison of Snickerdoodle Photography two times last year and both sessions were sold out. This is what participants had to say:

“Nicola Davison made my photo shoot comfortable, fun, and relaxing. I really don’t like getting my picture taken, but Nicola went out of her way to make me feel at ease. I would like to thank both Nicola and the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia for this wonderful opportunity. Sign up, if you already haven’t, for her next shoot opportunity.” – Janice Landry (See photo below at right)

“Win/win! I hate having my photo taken, but Nicola Davison made it a fun, relaxing and rewarding occasion. She removed any potential for cringe-worthy moments to capture me in a refreshingly genuine yet flattering light. I love the result and so does my publisher! A fantastic opportunity to have your author photo done by a professional photographer who, as a fellow author, knows the value of visuals that truly reflect one's writerly self.”  — Carol Bruneau

“It was so much fun having my photos taken by Nicola. Her energy is light and comforting. Any nervousness about being photographed evaporated immediately. She has a great eye and captures the essence of the person with her camera. She was incredibly quick with producing the proofs and I was very happy with my photos.” – Daphne Greer (See photo below at left)

Half-hour sessions will be booked with Nicola on Thursday, June 27. Time slots are available from 9 am to 8:30 pm. Each session includes three retouched images. 

THIS SESSION IS FULL. Please contact director@writers.ns.ca in case a spot opens up and you'd like to get on the waitlist. 

 

 

 

 

Location: 
RBC Learning Centre Third Floor Halifax Central Library 5440 Spring Garden Road Halifax, NS B3J 1E9
Date: 
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 8:30pm

The Alchemy of Purposeful Memoir: Seeking Joy

The Alchemy of Purposeful Memoir: Seeking Joy

Whether you are actively working on a memoir project, or just want to spend a stimulating afternoon writing in good company, this inspiring workshop will give you new insights and entry points into your life story. Using the framework Jennifer developed in her award-winning writer’s guide, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir, we’ll work with some open-ended writing catalysts that will get you thinking more deeply about both the high points and the challenges of your life experience—saluting the positive and transmuting the negative. Optional sharing, using Jennifer’s time-tested protocol for productive peer feedback, will offer opportunities for deep listening to self and others, as we honor the commonalities and differences among those in our circle.

(Author photo by Jake Borden)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Jennifer Browdy, PhD, an associate professor of comparative literature and media arts at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in western Massachusetts, coined the term “purposeful memoir” in her award-winning writer’s guide, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion (2017 Nautilus Silver Award). Her memoir, What I Forgot ...And Why I Remembered, was one of six memoir finalists for the 2018 International Book Awards. The editor of three anthologies of global women’s writing and the online magazine Fired Up! Creative Expression for Challenging Times, she offers workshops in purposeful memoir along with coaching, manuscript review and publishing services at Green Fire Press. Find out more at JenniferBrowdy.com

Location: 
Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, Wolfville
Price: 
$79.00
Member Price: 
$49.00
Date: 
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

The Art of Writing Summer Camp I

This summer, we're partnering with NSCAD University's School of Extended Studies to offer two creative writing camps, one for youth ages 11 to 13, the other for teens ages 14+.

The first class, offered July 15 to July 19 for youth ages 11 to 13, will explore the written word using creative approaches, such as visual writing prompts, to discover and explore character development, build description through observation, expand the use of figurative language, and promote journal writing. Participants will delve into different genres and styles of writing, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, picture books, and graphic novels. Camps will feature visits by professionally published authors who are valued participants in the WFNS Writers in the Schools program, and have in-depth experience working with tweens and teens. Classes will be a mixture of classroom activities and outdoors adventures to promote physical activity and imaginative play.

On Monday, July 15, ALICE WALSH will challenge you to throw your amazing character into a swamp with alligators, show her struggling to survive, then have her escape just as she’s about to be eaten.

On Tuesday, July 16 in WADE WHITE’s science fiction and fantasy workshop, you’ll learn to build amazing and detailed worlds in which to set your stories and create weird and wonderful characters to fill those worlds.

On Wednesday, July 17 poet DEIRDRE DWYER will get you to play with figurative language and sensory descriptions. You’ll discuss poetics and wow moments. 

On Thursday, July 18, PHIL MOSCOVITCH will introduce you to how great non-fiction writing uses a lot of the same elements as fiction, except you do not make stuff up! In his session, you will tell non-fiction stories by exploring objects and the environment using all five senses. (Well, at least four—maybe not taste).

On Friday, July 19, JAN COATES will rev up your imagination so that you can use your words to breathe life into characters—creating people readers want to know.

Registration is through NSCAD's School of Extended Studies

Location: 
NSCAD University Port Campus Room 208 1107 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, July 19, 2019 - 4:15pm

The Art of Writing Summer Camp II

This summer, we're partnering with NSCAD University's School of Extended Studies to offer two creative writing camps, one for youth ages 11 to 13, the other for teens ages 14+.

The second class, offered July 22 to July 26 for teens 14 years of age and up, will explore the written word using creative approaches, such as visual writing prompts, to discover and explore character development, build description through observation, expand the use of figurative language, and promote journal writing. Participants will delve into different genres and styles of writing, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, picture books, and graphic novels. Camps will feature visits by professionally published authors who are valued participants in the WFNS Writers in the Schools program, and have in-depth experience working with tweens and teens. Classes will be a mixture of classroom activities and outdoors adventures to promote physical activity and imaginative play.

On Monday, VALERIE COMPTON will challenge you to hack—and break and sidestep—the rules of writing to build stories that are exploratory, captivating and fun. 

On Tuesday, SARAH SAWLER will delve into the world of journalistic non-fiction and talk about the art of the interview, writing about wacky events, and how she collaborated with the famous weather forecaster Frankie MacDonald.

On Wednesday, in ANDRE FENTON’s workshop you will learn the basics of poetry, and how it will help you become a more versatile, adaptable and fluid wordsmith.

On Thursday, illustrator EMMA FITZGERALD will share how travel and her neighbourhood informed her drawing style. She will lead drawing exercises to help you understand how in letting go in the creative process, you can achieve exceptional results.

On Friday, COOPER LEE BOMBARDIER poses the question: Whose shoes? His workshop, Writing Without Othering, will aid in the exploration of identities not our own in our creative writing.

Registration is through NSCAD's School of Extended Studies. Registration deadline is July 15, 2019.

Location: 
NSCAD University Port Campus Room 208 1107 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, July 26, 2019 - 4:15pm