October may be the busiest month ever at the Writers’ Fed. Here’s a look at what’s going on:
- League of Canadian Poets Members Reading (Nova Scotia): The WFNS has partnered with the League of Canadian Poets (LCP) to present an evening of poetry* featuring Nova Scotian LCP members Brian Bartlett, Karin Cope, Miriam Dunn, Anne Simpson, and Margo Wheaton. There will be refreshments and books available for sale with Bookmark II. Thursday, October 11, 7 to 10 pm, at the WFNS headquarters, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax. Please use the door just down from Tomavino’s Pizza. See the Facebook event.
*Funding for this event provided by the League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts.
- BOOKTOBERFEST: We’re celebrating BOOKTOBERFEST on Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 pm. Toast your love of literature and craft beer at this fundraiser in support of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program. You’ll hear from mentors and mentees who’ve gone through the program, including Carol Bruneau and Nicola Davison – both with new books out this fall – Stephanie Domet and Amanda Peters, and Ian Colford. Alexander MacLeod will also be by to talk about why mentorship was so important to his father, the late great Alistair MacLeod. There will be mini sausages and pretzels! Cool raffle items! Delicious pumpkin ale and other fall flavors! Books available for sale courtesy of Bookmark II! So bring your friends and your wallet to this fun fundraiser at Propeller Brewery’s Tasting Room, 2015 Gottingen Street. Admission is by donation. See the Facebook event.
Scary Stories at Shirreff Hall: he WFNS is partnering with Dalhousie Libraries for a night of scary storytelling on Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Listen as Josh MacDonald, Dan Conlin and Shirley Godfrey spin some spine-tinglers at this event oozing with atmosphere! We’ll be holding it in Shirreff Hall’s Victorian Drawing Room, allegedly haunted by the ghost of Penelope. Admission is free but seating is limited. Following the stories by our featured writers, there will be an open mic – so come and share your own chilling but true tale. (Parking is available for free on the Dalhousie Campus after 4:30 pm.) See the Facebook event.
- Professional Development for WITS writers: On Tuesday, Oct. 30, we’re encouraging Writers' Council members to share their experiences at this professional development session especially for participants in the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program. Don Aker and Philip Moscovitch will offer tips on upping your WITS visit, including engaging audiences of different ages. The session takes place from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, at the WFNS Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax. It’s free for WITS participants and attendance is encouraged! RSVP to Linda Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org