WFNS Office Closure

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Monday, December 22, 2014 - 12:37pm

The WFNS office is now closed for the holidays. We will open again at 9am, Monday, January 5, 2015.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season! 

~ Jonathan, Robin, and Linda


WFNS @ The Halifax Central Library Grand Opening

Submitted by Annick on
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 3:22pm

Exciting news! We have been invited to take part in the opening day of the new Halifax Central Library. The opening will take place on Saturday, December 13th. Our presence will consist of a table with material regarding our organization and activities, and a series of readings from 1 to 4 PM in the First Nations Circle on the third floor. The readings will showcase the diversity of writers in our organization.

The following is the schedule of writers who will be reading from their works throughout the afternoon:


Beyond Boilerplate and Bombproof: Error-proofing your Contracts, Copyright and Publishing

Submitted by Annick on
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 9:36am

Author Pamela Callow will give you the “warts-and-all” look at publishing and contracts while Julie Sobowale will give some practical and legal information on what to look for in contracts, how to avoid pitfalls and make sure you walk away with a little more knowledge about the publishing world.

This event is co-presented by ALIS (Artists' Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia) & The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia. 

Raising and Renovation: A Fiction Intensive Workshop with Valerie Compton

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 2:33pm

You’ve built a house. Now learn what it means to create a sense of movement in a solid structure—and how to tell the difference between a supporting wall and the one you should take your hammer to. In this workshop we’ll read, reimagine and discuss our stories. We’ll apply the key techniques of fiction writing in a supportive environment: learning to develop characters, shape plot, finesse structure and calibrate voice with assurance. We’ll practice revision and develop templates for the fiction writers’ self-editing process.

True Stories Toolkit: Creative Non-Fiction Workshop

Submitted by Annick on
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 2:31pm

Do you have a story that wants out? This two-day workshop led by Lorri Neilsen Glenn will focus on storytelling techniques for creative nonfiction, whether you’re writing personal essays, articles, biography, a blog, memoir, flash nonfiction, or literary journalism. Bring your story ideas and we will workshop the best ways to turn your story into publishable prose. No prerequisites or pre-existing pieces of writing are necessary for participation in this workshop.


2014 East Coast Literary Awards Winners Announced

Submitted by Annick on
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 3:32pm

Halifax, NS– The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) announced the winners of the 2014 East Coast Literary Awards during a celebration of Atlantic writers and writing on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Institute of Applied Creativity at NSCAD. 

WFNS at Word on the Street!

Submitted by Annick on
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 3:28pm
WFNS will be hosting the Wonderful Words (mainstage) tent at this year's Word on the Street! The winners of the Atlantic Writing Competition will be reading at 11 AM on Sunday. We will also be hosting a panel called Writers & Influence, featuring Shandi Mitchell, Carol Moreira and Peter Sanger.  In addition, we will have a booth. Stop by and say hello! Many of our East Coast Literary Award shortlist writers will be signing their books at various times throughout the day.  

East Coast Literary Awards Shortlist Reading Series

Submitted by Annick on
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 11:13am

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award Reading

John DeMont, A Good Day’s Work
Richard Foot, Driven
Stephen Kimber, What Lies Across the Water
Tuesday, September 16th, 7:00 PM. G. Peter Wilson Room, University of King’s College

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award Reading

Announcing the Atlantic Writing Competition shortlist

Submitted by Annick on
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 11:49am

WFNS is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2014 Atlantic Writing Competition (AWC).  Below is the full list of titles that made it to the final round in each category.  Congratulations to those that have made it to the final round in judging!

We are honoured to have received every entry to the competition.  It is because of the bravery of every writer who enters that the AWC has such an inspiring tradition of support for emerging writers in our region.

Thank you to everyone who submitted.