New Courses and Sessions!

Submitted by Annick on
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 11:34am

Like spring crocuses, our new programming is starting to bloom. If only actual crocuses would make an appearance through all this snow. C'est la vie!

April is National Poetry Month! So it's fitting that we have some poetry-related programming.

On Sunday, April 19th from 1:30 - 4:00 PM at the Riverport District Community Centre, Lorri Neilsen Glenn will be welcoming all poets for Beginnings: A Spring Poetry Course.

Beginnings: A Spring Poetry Course

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 11:05am

April is poetry month! Read it, feel it, try it! This workshop welcomes beginning poets and those who don't yet know they're poets. We'll play with language, write about the everyday, dig into your life stories, and feed your imagination. You'll come away with draft poems and ideas for more. All ages (teens to seniors) welcome. No experience required. Lorri Neilsen Glenn is the author of four collections of poetry and former Halifax Poet Laureate. Find her on Facebook and Twitter @neilsenglenn.

Anatomy of a Book - Chapter 4: Layout & Cover Design

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Monday, February 23, 2015 - 10:36am

What sells a book? What makes people move on to the next book without even reading the blurb? Book covers are essential to any book marketing plan and there are ways a publisher can use that to her advantage. Graphic designer Cathi Stevenson will be covering book cover trends, things to avoid and embrace, how printing methods impact design, and jargon: the tool box used by project managers to baffle and confuse people.

First Words: Young Adult Fiction

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Friday, February 13, 2015 - 2:22pm

Please note that this course has been cancelled. We may run it again in the fall. Stay tuned for more information.

Join James Leck (The Adventures of Jack Lime) and Kat Kruger (The Magdeburg Trilogy) for a six-week course on young adult fiction.

Navigation Lessons: A Fiction Writing Workshop

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Monday, February 9, 2015 - 10:36am

Stuck? It can be hard to navigate the tricky shoals where stories flounder or thrive. You’ve got your feet wet, now let’s have a good look at the terrain. In this comprehensive workshop we’ll share, discuss and reimagine our stories and chapters. You’ll learn to develop character, shape plot, finesse structure and calibrate voice with assurance. Together we’ll demystify revision and editing. Finally, we’ll map the way toward publication and further development.

Important notes about the Atlantic Writing Competition!

Submitted by Annick on
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 1:25pm

Time is running out to submit your manuscript to this year’s Atlantic Writing Competition! The deadline for the AWC is 11:59 PM AST on Monday, February 2nd. 

Anatomy of a Book - Chapter 3: Editors & Editing

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 9:47am

Freelance editor Marianne Ward and author James Leck will share the key ingredients of a successful, collaborative, creative writer/editor relationship as they take you through the process of turning a manuscript into a book. James and Marianne hope that in addition to learning what the various stages of editing are, participants will come away with an appreciation for the work of editors and an enthusiasm for the entire editing process.   

Storm Closure

Submitted by Annick on
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 3:57pm

The WFNS office staff will be heeding the warning not to travel tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan 27.