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


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
(No refunds available after the start of the course)

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
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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.


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.

Mahone Bay Centre (Small Conference Room), 45 School St., Mahone Bay
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Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm