Jump-Start Your Book: A Non-Fiction Writing Retreat with Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Do you have an idea for a book and don’t know where to start? Do you have a stalled manuscript or a collection of pieces you want to assemble into a publishable form? Are you looking for resolve, focus, and direction?

This workshop is designed for writers who need a jump-start.

If you are writing narrative nonfiction—as memoir, life writing, biography, essays,historical works, popular science writing, or how-to book—join us. We’ll discuss thematic directions, story structure, writing style, research, craft issues, and more. You’ll leave with writing tips,resources and a fresh perspective on your work.

NOTE: 

Please send a one-page summary of your project or work in progress to programs@writers.ns.ca before Monday, January 7, 2019. Please include a question or two you want to discuss during the workshop.

This workshop is $89 for WFNS members and $135 for non-members. The non-member price includes a one-year membership to the WFNS (for 2019).

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Lorri Neilsen Glenn is the author and editor of 14 collections of award-winning creative nonfiction, scholarly work, and poetry. She frequently serves on national and regional writing juries and works as a freelance editor for publishers and authors. Her most recent book is Following the River: Traces of Red River Women (Wolsak and Wynn, 2017). Former Halifax Poet Laureate, Lorri is Professor Emerita at Mount Saint Vincent University and a mentor in the University of King’s College MFA program in creative nonfiction.

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. 

Location: 
WFNS Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS
Date: 
Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

First Words: Fiction

First Words: Fiction

The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is pleased to offer a new session of First Words: Fiction for the winter 2019 season. This section of the nine-week fiction writing course will be led by Carol Bruneau, Stephanie Domet, and Carole Glasser Langille. This session will be offered on Tuesday evenings (7-9 pm) beginning January 22

As a welcoming space for beginner or emerging writers, First Words: Fiction provides an overview of the craft from several professional perspectives. No prerequisites or pre-existing pieces of writing are necessary for participation in this course.

Carol Bruneau – January 22 and 29, and February 5

Carole Langille – February 12, 19, and 26

Stephanie Domet – March 5, 12, and 19

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Carol Bruneau  is the author of five novels, including A Circle on the Surface (Nimbus/Vagrant Press, 2018), and three short story collections, including A Bird on Every Tree, a finalist for the 2018 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. Her first novel, Purple for Sky, won both awards in 2001. Her novel Glass Voices was a Globe and Mail Best Book for 2007 and is a book club favourite. Bruneau’s reviews, stories and essays have appeared nation-wide in newspapers, journals and anthologies. Two of her novels have been published internationally. She lives in Halifax. 

Carole Glasser Langille is the author of four books of poetry, two collections of short stories and two children’s books and has been nominated for The Governor General’s Award for poetry, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and The Alistair MacLeod Award for Short Fiction. She has been Artist/Writer in Residence at the Dalhousie Medical School, given writing workshops and readings in France, India, South Africa and Hawaii.  She teaches in the creative writing program at Dalhousie University. 

Stephanie Domet’s debut novel, Homing (Invisible Publishing, 2007), won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award in 2008. Fallsy Downsies was published in October 2013 by Invisible Publishing, and won the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award in 2014. She is at work on a third novel. Her non-fiction writing has been published in the National Post, Quill & QuireThe Coast, Mindful and other local and national outlets. In addition she has taught writing workshops at the Shelburne Writers’ Festival, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and the Tatamagouche Centre, and has served on literary arts juries for the Canada Council, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. She lives in Halifax, where she makes a mean brisket, and is probably wearing something she sewed herself.

 

$215 for WFNS Members

$279 for non-members (includes a membership to the WFNS for 2019)

(Payment plans are available—please contact programs@writers.ns.ca)
(No refunds available after the start of the course)

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Inside the Writer's Room

This Hour Has 22 Minutes is an iconic show that has been at the forefront of provocative satire for more than a quarter of a century, targeting politics, culture, and world events. Celebrating its 26th Season on CBC this year, 22 Minutes is now the longest running comedy show in Canadian history.

On January 30, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia invites you to go behind the scenes with four current writers of the hit show - Heidi Brander, Kevin Shustack, Nour Hadidi, and head writer Mike Allison. What is it like to write for a show that is steeped in the Canadian identity? How do you write on the East Coast for a national audience? How does an aspiring writer get a gig on this show? What is the work schedule like when you have to write a new show every single week? What scripts have worked best? Which have bombed?

In this special panel discussion, prepare to laugh as you learn about the inner workings of the 22 Minutes writers' room from the experts.

The event begins at 7 pm. Please make dinner reservations for preferred seating by calling The Carleton at 902-422-6335 or visit The Carleton online.

The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia would like to thank the participating writers, Trevor Murphy of Pigeon Row, and Mike Campbell of The Carleton for making this WFNS fundraiser possible. 

 

Location: 
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, Halifax
Price: 
$15.00
Member Price: 
$15.00
Date: 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Using Your Life to Create a Story: An Evening with Bestselling Author Lesley Crewe

Prepare to laugh and learn as best-selling novelist Lesley Crewe talks about character development and how to draw on personal experience to enrich a work of fiction. Readings and lecture to be followed by a Q&A led by author Nicola Davison. Refreshments will be served.

ABOUT LESLEY

Lesley Crewe is an author of 10 novels; the latest, Beholden, was released last fall. She was a screenwriter for the movie, Relative Happiness, which debuted in theatres in 2015, and was based on her first novel. She also writes a weekly column for The Chronicle Herald, called Are You Kidding Me? A book of her columns will be released in September, 2019. 

ABOUT NICOLA 

Nicola Davison is a portrait photographer living in Dartmouth with her family and neighbourhood-famous Basset Hound. In 2013, she returned to Nova Scotia after living too far above sea level for thirteen years. She studied English at Dalhousie University and finally put that to use twenty years later by writing a novel. A graduate of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program (under the guidance of Carol Bruneau), she serves as a board member with the WFNS. Her first novel, In The Wake, was published with Nimbus in 2018. 

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$30.00
Member Price: 
$20.00
Date: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Tiny Universes - Writing and Publishing Science Fiction Short Stories

Writing a short story is an opportunity to create/discover a universe of your own. In this full-day workshop, Julian Mortimer Smith will explore theoretical and practical approaches to writing science fiction. The workshop will introduce techniques for developing and clarifying your ideas, using character and plot as portals into your universe, and convincing readers to suspend their disbelief as they join you on your journey. It will also include advice on publishing your stories in magazines, anthologies, and other venues. The workshop is designed to be useful to writers of all levels of experience. Beginners and newcomers to the genre are welcome.  

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Julian Mortimer Smith is an award-winning writer of speculative fiction and an Active Member of the SFWA. He has published more than a dozen short stories in some of the world’s leading science fiction and fantasy venues, including Asimov’s, Terraform, Lightspeed, and Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. He is also an experienced editor who has done freelance work for several major tabletop game companies. You can find out more at http://julianmortimersmith.com/

Location: 
Western Counties Regional Library 405 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS
Price: 
$154.00
Member Price: 
$89.00
Date: 
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:45pm

The Tax Savvy Writer: Get Ready for Income Tax and HST with Michelle Elrick

Did your writing earn you income in 2018? Did it cost you money to write? Are you wondering whether you should (or are required to) register for HST? If so, this workshop is for you. Learn the basic reporting requirements for self-employed artists, get tips on how to account for your writing practice, and walk away with an in-depth understanding of HST, including when and how to register.

Artists often earn income through grants, commissions, honorariums, royalties and performance contracts. Some years are more lucrative than others, though not all income is taxable. Expenses, too, can vary from year to year making it difficult to budget for tax and even harder to build a self-employment income average. In this half day workshop, book writer and bookkeeper Michelle Elrick will walk you through the tax cycle, highlighting the income and expense items that will become part of your 2018 tax return. Participants will learn how to prepare a Statement of Business Activities, and will be given guidance on how to collect and submit their accounting package if working with an accountant.

Note: Specific questions regarding your unique employment situation will be welcomed in advance by email and addressed during the workshop. Please send your questions to programs@writers.ns.ca by March 5.   

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Michelle Elrick is an award-winning writer and the author of two books of poetry, including then/again (Nightwood, 2017). She also writes and directs poetry films and performs as part of the poetry/music duo River of Diamonds. To fill the income gaps in her artistic career, Michelle runs a small bookkeeping firm called Islet Small Business Solutions, where she specializes in accounting for start-ups and arts industry professionals. www.michelleelrick.com / www.isletsolutions.com

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$89.00
Member Price: 
$59.00
Date: 
Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

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