Poetry Experiments with Jaime Forsythe

In this three-hour workshop, we will attempt to shake off some of the winter chill by writing through a series of prompts together. We will read poems that will serve as inspiration and jumping-off points, and write in response to catalysts such as images, found text, questions, objects, sounds, and more. The goal is to warm up, experiment, and generate material – you can expect to leave with a few full notebook pages.

This workshop is open to all levels; no previous experience writing poetry is required.

**This workshop is now full. Thank you for your interest.**

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Jaime Forsythe’s first collection of poetry, Sympathy Loophole, was published by Mansfield Press in 2012, and her second, I Heard Something, was released in 2018 by Anvil Press' A Feed Dog Book imprint. Her poems have appeared in The Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, Public Pool, Minola Review, This Magazine and more. She has twice been a mentor in the WFNS Alastair MacLeod Mentorship Program, and has taught writing workshops in a variety of venues, including elementary schools, at Dalhousie University and Mount Allison university, and to youth and adults in the community.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$79.00
Member Price: 
$49.00
Date: 
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Navigating Income Streams for Writers

Independent and hybrid authors face muddy waters when it comes to distribution choices, crowdfunding possibilities, and how to get our work into the hands of readers. How does the money flow in, and then how do we wisely re-invest in marketing and promotion to find our readers? This professional development session will help you understand and navigate the various income stream possibilities as you dip your oar into independent publishing.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR


Sherry D. Ramsey is a speculative fiction writer, editor, publisher, creativity addict and self-confessed internet geek. When she's not writing, she makes jewelry, gardens, hones her creative procrastination skills on social media, and consumes far more coffee and chocolate than is likely good for her. Sherry writes for both adults and younger readers, and two of her books have been Amazon category bestsellers. She is a member of the WFNS Writer’s Council, and is also a past Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer of SF Canada, Canada's national association for Speculative Fiction Professionals. She keeps a website at www.sherrydramsey.com.

Location: 
CBU Cooperative Study Club, New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation, 37 Nepean Street, Sydney
Price: 
$40.00
Member Price: 
$25.00
Date: 
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Fiction: Let's Write with Elaine McCluskey

Let’s start with the premise that we are all weirdos and go from there. Weird is good. Weird creates unique characters, heart-stopping plots, and laugh-out-loud dialogue. In this two-session workshop, we will remind ourselves of why we love fiction. What makes a good character? What common flaws should we avoid with an eye to publication? Participants will be encouraged to discuss work they have in progress, inviting safe and constructive feedback from the group.

This workshop is best suited to writers with some experience.

This workshop will take place over two Thursdays (April 4 and April 11) from 6 to 9 pm at the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (1113 Marginal Road, Halifax). 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Elaine McCluskey is the author of two novels and three short-story collections, all set in Atlantic Canada. She was a Journey Prize finalist and winner of the Other Voices short story contest. Her stories have been published in over 20 Canadian journals, as well as internationally. She lives in Dartmouth and is working on a novel. 

$95 for WFNS members

$159 for non-members (includes one-year membership)

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$159.00
Member Price: 
$95.00
Date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:00pm

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 spring 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 April 16. 

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 – April 16, 23, 30

Carole Langille – May 7, 14, 21

Stephanie Domet – May 28, June 4, 11

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, and 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 PostQuill & QuireThe CoastMindful 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)

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$279.00
Member Price: 
$215.00
Date: 
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 9:00pm

Let's Go Deeper: Ways to Access Truth in Poetry

Do you start poems and then stop, not sure where to go with them, and how to take them there? Do you in fact stop writing poems before you start, worried about language, and the effect it has?  In this full-day workshop, we'll work on ways to open up our practice to innovation and honesty, through a variety of writing experiments and approaches, and deep readings. This workshop is open to writers at all stages of their career.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Alice Burdick is the author of four full-length poetry collections, Simple MasterFlutterHoller, and Book of Short SentencesDeportment, a book of selected poems, came out in November 2018 from Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Her work has also appeared in many chapbooks, broadsides, magazines, journals, and anthologies. She has been a judge for various awards, including the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize. She also visits high school English classes as a “Poet In Your Class” through Poetry in Voice/les Voix de la Poésie. She co-owns an independent bookstore in Lunenburg called Lexicon Books.

Location: 
Mahone Bay Centre (Small Conference Room), 45 School St., Mahone Bay
Price: 
$119.00
Member Price: 
$79.00
Date: 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Duende Workshop with John Wall Barger

In 1933 in Buenos Aires, the electrifying Spanish poet Federico García Lorca presented his famous lecture, “Play and Theory of the Duende.” The Duende, Lorca said, is a goblin—as distinct from an angel or a muse—which inhabits great art. But what is this goblin, and what business does it have with our poems? Lorca left us a few cryptic hints. To begin with, “The Duende ... will not approach at all if he does not see the possibility of death, if he is not convinced he will circle death’s house ...” Also, “intellect is oftentimes the foe of poetry because it imitates too much, it elevates the poet to a throne of acute angles and makes him forget that in time the ants can devour him, too ...” In this workshop we will invite the mysterious goblin Duende for a visit. This session will include enthusiastic discussion, lots of examples, and playful writing exercises.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

(John beside a statue of Lorca at the Plaza de Santa Ana, Madrid)

John Wall Barger’s poems appear in American Poetry Review, Rattle, The Awl, The Cincinnati Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best of the Best Canadian Poetry. His poem, “Smog Mother,” was co-winner of The Malahat Review’s 2017 Long Poem Prize. His fourth book, The Mean Game, is coming out with Palimpsest Press in spring 2019. He is an editor for Painted Bride Quarterly.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$79.00
Member Price: 
$49.00
Date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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