Author spotlight: Jaime Burnet

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 9:01am

Jaime Burnet is a writer who practices law and a lawyer who writes fiction. She has a master’s degree in Women & Gender Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Dalhousie University. An associate lawyer at Pink Larkin in Halifax, her work is focused on the areas of labour, employment, constitutional, and human rights law. Released last fall, Crocuses Hatch from Snow (Nimbus Publishing / Vagrant Press) is her first novel.

Author Spotlight: Mayann Francis

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 5:39pm

The Honourable Doctor Mayann Francis, O.N.S. was appointed to the Faculty of Management, School of Public Administration as the first Distinguished Public Service Fellow in fall of 2015.

Dr. Francis served as Lieutenant Governor for the province of Nova Scotia, from 2006-2012. She was the first African Nova Scotian and second woman to be appointed as the vice regal representative.  

She is the recipient of six honourary degrees and an Honorary Diploma. She has served in many leadership roles including Chair of the Board for the Atlantic School of Theology. 

Author Spotlight: Ryan Turner

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 1:21pm

Ryan Turner's first collection of short stories, What We're Made Of, was shortlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award. His latest collection, Half-Sisters & Other Stories, was published by Gaspereau Press in November 2019. He is the co-founder and co-director of the AfterWords Literary Festival in Halifax. In what follows, Ryan talks about writing short stories, and plans for this year's AfterWords festival. 

Call for Submissions - Poetry in Motion

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 3:27pm


In partnership with the Halifax Regional Municipality and Halifax Public Libraries, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is bringing back another year of Poetry in Motion to the city of Halifax and beyond!

Let's hear it for independent bookstores!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 1:45pm

"We just want to help people get the books they want to read"

— by Marilyn Smulders, Executive Director

We're Working From Home For Now

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Monday, March 16, 2020 - 4:57pm

In an effort to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we've closed the WFNS Office at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, at least until the State of Emergency in Nova Scotia is lifted. 

Staff members will be working from home and can be reached by email. Workshops scheduled to take place in the near future have been temporarily suspended or moved online. Other activities, such as reading and judging for Nova Writes, online meetings for the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, and manuscript reviews can continue as usual.

Here's how to reach us:

The Writers' Fed's new face

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Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 9:34am

I’m Kate Macintosh of Mblem Graphic Design, and I’ve taken over your WFNS blog in order to introduce you to the new face of the Writers’ Fed.

"Headfirst and hand extended"

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 10:29am

Remembering Jane Buss (1948-2020), executive director of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia from 1992 - 2009. Jane died suddenly on January 9, 2020.

by Norene Smiley and Sue Goyette

2020 Alistair MacLeod Mentorship participants

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Monday, November 25, 2019 - 2:06pm

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.

Gather 'Round

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 2:08pm

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.