Elaine McCluskey is a fiction writer who has authored three collections of short stories and two novels. Her most recent book, The Most Heartless Town in Canada, was published by Anvil in 2016. In the following post, she shares the story of her beginnings as a fiction writer, her advice for aspiring writers, and an update on her most recent projects.
Anna Quon is a novelist and poet who lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She has published two novels with Invisible Publishing, Migration Songs (2009) and Low (2013), and has also self-published a number of poetry collections. In the following post, she talks about her writing, her experience teaching creative writing, guilty pleasures, and more.
How long have you been writing? What drew you to writing in general, and fiction and poetry in particular?
Nicola Davison is writer and photographer living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. A past participant of the Writers’ Federation Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, she is now a member of the WFNS Board of Directors. Her first novel, In the Wake, is forthcoming with Nimbus Publishing (fall 2018). In the following post, she talks about craft, her new projects, and life in Nova Scotia.
Sarah Faber’s debut novel, All is Beauty Now (McClelland & Stewart, 2017), recently won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Fiction at the 2018 Atlantic Book Awards. In the following post, she talks about the art of fiction, what she loves about living in her part of Nova Scotia (Cape Breton), and her strategies for combatting writer’s block.
Matt Robinson is the author of five full-length poetry collections and four chapbooks. His latest collection, a chapbook entitled AGAINST, will be released by Gaspereau Press in the fall of 2018. In the following post, he talks about his first publication, life in Halifax, and his advice to aspiring writers.
Carol Bruneau is an active member of the WFNS and the author of seven books. Her debut novel, Purple for the Sky (Cormorant Books), won the 2001 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her most recent book, A Bird on Every Tree (Vagrant Press), was a finalist for the 2018 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.
Alice Burdick is a widely published poet and co-owner of the independent bookstore Lexicon Books, which is located in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. In the following post, she talks about writing, collaborating, and what she loves about living on the South Shore. A selection of Burdick’s poems, Deportment: The Poetry of Alice Burdick, will be published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in the fall of 2018.
Janet Barkhouse is a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, a fiction writer, a children’s writer, and a poet. In the following post, she discusses her influences, how she got started as a writer, and all the things she loves about living in Nova Scotia. Barkhouse’s debut full-length poetry collection, Salt Fires, will be published by Pottersfield Press this fall.
Andre Fenton is a member of the WFNS, an award-winning spoken word artist and filmmaker, and a novelist. We talked to him about poetry, recent changes in spoken word, living in Nova Scotia, and his first novel, Worthy of Love, which is forthcoming with Formac Publishing. Andre will be sharing his expertise in a workshop, Introduction to Spoken Word, at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia on June 21.
Jill MacLean is a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, a published poet, and an award-winning children’s author. On May 7, 2018, she attended a Copyright Hearing and Review of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) open mic, held at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. In response to what she heard that day, she wrote the following post on her experiences with copyright law as a Canadian author.