Ryan Turner's first collection of short stories, What We're Made Of, was shortlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award. His latest collection, Half-Sisters & Other Stories, was published by Gaspereau Press in November 2019. He is the co-founder and co-director of the AfterWords Literary Festival in Halifax. In what follows, Ryan talks about writing short stories, and plans for this year's AfterWords festival.
In partnership with the Halifax Regional Municipality and Halifax Public Libraries, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is bringing back another year of Poetry in Motion to the city of Halifax and beyond!
"We just want to help people get the books they want to read"
— by Marilyn Smulders, Executive Director
In an effort to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we've closed the WFNS Office at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, at least until the State of Emergency in Nova Scotia is lifted.
Staff members will be working from home and can be reached by email. Workshops scheduled to take place in the near future have been temporarily suspended or moved online. Other activities, such as reading and judging for Nova Writes, online meetings for the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, and manuscript reviews can continue as usual.
Here's how to reach us:
I’m Kate Macintosh of Mblem Graphic Design, and I’ve taken over your WFNS blog in order to introduce you to the new face of the Writers’ Fed.
Remembering Jane Buss (1948-2020), executive director of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia from 1992 - 2009. Jane died suddenly on January 9, 2020.
by Norene Smiley and Sue Goyette
The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the 2019 - 2020 roster of participants for the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program. The WFNS received a record number of applications, and members of the peer assessment jury (Sarah Mian, John Wall Barger, and Matt Robinson) were quite impressed with the high quality of writing samples submitted this year.
An Evening of Holiday Stories and Songs to Benefit the Writers' Fed
One of my favorite things about the holidays is hearing the late Alan Maitland’s reading of the story “The Shepherd.” For the past 40 years, CBC Radio has broadcast the classic recording about an RAF pilot flying home for the holidays.
Christy Ann Conlin is a fiction writer based in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Her books include her debut novel Heave (Doubleday Canada, 2002), which was a national bestseller, a Globe and Mail top 100 book, and was selected as a finalist for several awards, including the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Most recently, Conlin is the author of a short story collection, Watermark (Astoria, 2019).