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 


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

Baddeck Public Library, 526 Chebucto St., Baddeck
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Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 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:

“Niki is such a talented professional (and a magician)! She made this awkward and nervous subject very comfortable and relaxed. She sent me my photos within days and I have been using them for all of my professional bios and social media.  I was thrilled with the results! I highly recommend booking a session with Niki...and did I mention the free snickerdoodle cookies??” – Cat Carlyle

“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 such a relaxing experience because Niki masterfully puts you at ease. Behind the lens, she easily captures a smile or finds a serious moment. Before you know it, you are transformed.” – Carole MacDougall

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. 

Once you sign up and pre-pay, the WFNS will be in touch to set up a time and provide tips on preparing for your session. 





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