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.
The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia and Dalhousie Libraries present Scary Stories at Shirreff Hall, an oral storytelling event taking place Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 pm, in the Victorian drawing room of Shirreff Hall, 6385 South Street. Featured storytellers are Cindy Campbell-Stone, Liz Newkirk and Steve Vernon. It's a free event and all are welcome. This event was full last year, so we urge you to arrive early to find your best listening spot! Parking is available for free (after 4:30 pm) on the Dalhousie University campus.
Join us Monday, November 4 at 7 pm for a poetry reading and celebration of Poetry in Motion, a project by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia to put poetry by Nova Scotia writers on Metro Transit buses. You’ll hear from featured poets including Afua Cooper, Jaime Forsythe, Sylvia D. Hamilton, Cory Lavender, and Matt Robinson. Taking place in Rm. 301, Halifax Central Library. Organized with the generous support of Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax Libraries, and Halifax Regional Municipality. All are welcome.
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).
An Update on Poetry in Motion: A Public Poetry Art Project
Supported by Arts Nova Scotia and in partnership with the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Halifax Public Libraries, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is bringing Poetry in Motion to Halifax.
The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is pleased to partner with Teichert Gallery in presenting an exhibition of illustration this fall.
1,000 Words will be a group show of work by Nova Scotia artists working in illustration. It will take place the last two weeks of November at Teichert Gallery (formerly Art Sales and Rental), 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax. The exhibition is conceived as a way of promoting Nova Scotian illustrators and their work, as well as raising funds and the profile of the WFNS.
The lights went out and the the lights went on, and the 13 winners of the 2019 Atlantic BookAwards were announced Thursday night in a gala ceremony held in St, John’s, NL at the Sheraton Hotel. Hosted by CBC’s Angela Antle in a bilingual ceremony, the awards concluded this year’s festival, which ran from May 30 to June 6 with events in Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Nova Writes, the WFNS’s competition for unpublished manuscripts, is thriving, with 45 per cent more entries than last year. All of our readers and judges remarked on the high quality of entries this year.
We rely on the expertise of our members to provide meaningful feedback to our entrants who are judged blind. Thank you for the care and commitment provided by this year’s 13 readers and four judges. A big thank you also to Annick MacAskill, the WFNS’s programming and membership officer, for organizing the competition. It’s a massive job.