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.

1,000 Words

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Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 4:01pm

The Writers' Fed is collaborating with Teichert Gallery (formerly Art Sales & Rental Gallery) on an exhibition called 1,000 Words. The exhibition takes place from November 14 to December 1; all of the works are for sale and perfect for gift giving. 

Author Spotlight: Christy Ann Conlin

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 1:32pm

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).

Atlantic Book Awards winners (2019)

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Monday, June 10, 2019 - 2:13pm

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 winners (2019)

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Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:00am

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.

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