WFNS workshops and sessions usually run in the fall and winter, with the occasional summer program, and are often held at our headquarters in Halifax (1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS). We also partner with libraries, community centres, and businesses across the province to bring our programming to wherever it is desired.

We strive to offer a range of creative writing workshops covering a variety of genres and styles and suited to different skill levels, from introductory to advanced. Each creative writing workshop is led by a senior writer with extensive experience in the genre under exploration. Through our professional development sessions, we also seek to regularly educate and update our members and guests about trade-specific issues such as contracts, copyright, and literary agents.


Between Tender and Bitter: A Food Writing Workshop

There is more to writing about food than describing methods of cooking, or pleasures of tasting. It’s in looking at the spaces between those two steps that we really begin to understand food as a narrative or as a character. 

The Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and Simon Thibault will be presenting Between Tender and Bitter: A Food Writing Workshop on Tuesday, March 17th (6-9) and Tuesday March 24th (6-9). The workshop will provide a brief intro into various forms of food writing, from personal essay to journalism, from recipe copy to researching methods. Beginner and emerging writers welcome. 

Attendees are asked to submit a piece of writing to be discussed and workshopped during the class. Submissions are to be emailed to programs@writers.ns.ca no later than March 10th. Works will then be reworked by individual attendees and workshopped again in the second session, on March 24th.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Simon Thibault is a journalist, editor, and author of Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food. He is also a Developmental Editor at Nimbus Publishing. 

His work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post, Vice, and CBC Radio. He has also been a judge in food writing categories for the James Beard Awards and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards (IACP).

 

$95 for WFNS members

$159 for non-members (includes membership to the WFNS for 2020) 

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer an inclusive space where all feel welcome. To this end, we ask that participants not use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS workshops and professional development sessions. Participants who use such language may be asked to leave.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$159.00
Member Price: 
$95.00
Date: 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 9:00pm

Masterclass on Revision with Carol Bruneau

Masterclass on Revision: Working through the Fears & Dread of Revising to See Its Rewards

Join award-winning author Carol Bruneau for three concurrent sessions (over one day) in fine-tuning key elements of a story—character development, plot and structure, dialogue and setting—to best convey its central meaning. We’ll work on strengthening scenes, improving pacing, and deciding when to cut and when to add information, all to create a cohesive, propulsive read that’s satisfying from beginning to end. In other words, see how to make your long or short fiction the very best it can be.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

(author headshot by Nicola Davison)

Carol Bruneau is the acclaimed author of five novels, including A Circle on the Surface, winner of last year’s Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, and three short story collections. Her most recent collection, A Bird on Every Tree, was a finalist for the 2018 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. Her first novel, Purple for Sky, won both awards in 2001. Re-released for the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, her novel Glass Voices was a Globe and Mail Best Book for 2007 and has become a book club favourite. Bruneau’s reviews, stories and essays have appeared nation-wide in newspapers, journals and anthologies, and two of her novels have been published internationally. She is a 2019 recipient of an Arts Nova Scotia Established Artist Recognition Award, and lives and works in Halifax. Her current project is a novel about folk artist Maud Lewis.

In addition to her work as an author, Bruneau has taught writing for many years. She has led workshops and writing classes at WFNS and various universities, including NSCAD, Dalhousie, and Acadia, and has served as a mentor in the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.

www.carolbruneau.com

https://www.nimbus.ca/authors/bio/carol-bruneau/

https://twitter.com/carolbruneau
https://www.facebook.com/carolrbruneau

 

Sorry! This workshop is full. Please call 902-423-8116 or email programs@writers.ns.ca to put your name on a waitlist. 

$109 for WFNS members

$139 for non-members

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer an inclusive space where all feel welcome. To this end, we ask that participants not use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS workshops and professional development sessions. Participants who use such language may be asked to leave. 

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Getting True Stories Published with Sandra Phinney

Writing non-fiction is growing in popularity. But where oh where are the markets? Perhaps you have a memory you want to celebrate; someone you want to honour; an idea for an essay that’s stewing in your belly; or a travelogue that’s oozing from your pores. You may even want to profile someone you find fascinating. What are the steps involved that can lead you to a market, and where are those publications—especially the ones that pay? 

This workshop will take participants on a non-fiction “tour of possibilities” in the writing world. 

Sandra Phinney has written for over 70 publications (print and online) and penned four books. She’s currently smitten with the word “essay” and is diving into that realm. She loves sharing tips, how-to’s and market knowledge. She’ll also share her vast database with participants.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sandra Phinney is an award-winning writer whose byline has appeared in over 70 publications. She’s also penned four books. Her latest, Waking Up In My Own Backyard, a travel memoir with Pottersfield Press, is a huge success. As well, Sandra has given workshops throughout the Maritimes and Ontario on various writing topics. In her spare time, she teaches Tai Chi and paddles in the wilderness. She lives off the grid with her husband, Barrie MacGregor, on the Tusket River, in Southwest NS. Sandra is a member of TWUC, TMAC, WFNS, WFNB and CMG.

$49 for WFNS members

$79 for non-members

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer an inclusive space where all feel welcome. To this end, we ask that instructors not use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS workshops and professional development sessions. Instructors who hear participants use such language have the right to ask the participants to leave.

Location: 
Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, 22 Collins St., Yarmouth
Price: 
$79.00
Member Price: 
$49.00
Date: 
Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Écriture romanesque : les premiers pas

Vous avez toujours eu envie d’écrire mais ne savez pas où commencer? Cet atelier vous offrira un bon nombre d’éléments pour créer votre personnage principal et son environnement, et le lancer dans sa propre aventure. Plusieurs aspects stylistiques seront aussi abordés afin d’affiner votre plume vers une écriture plus élaborée. En peu de temps, votre premier chapitre sera déjà écrit!

Notre animatrice

Martine Jacquot a écrit plus de 30 livres (poésie, romans, nouvelles, essais et romans jeunesse) et a reçu plusieurs prix. Elle a enseigné la création littéraire et a donné des ateliers d’écriture poétique et romanesque dans plusieurs pays, s’adressant tant aux jeunes qu’aux adultes. Elle écrit dans la vallée de l’Annapolis. Ses derniers livres sont Au gré du vent, roman historique situé dans l’Acadie de la N-É à la fin du XIXe siècle, et Les oiseaux de nuit finissent aussi par s’endormir, roman psychologique retraçant la quête d’une femme à travers les voyages et l’amitié.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$79.00
Member Price: 
$49.00
Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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