WFNS workshops and sessions usually run in the fall and winter, with the occasional summer program, and are often held at our headquarters in Halifax (1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS). We also partner with libraries, community centres, and businesses across the province to bring our programming to wherever it is desired.

We strive to offer a range of creative writing workshops covering a variety of genres and styles and suited to different skill levels, from introductory to advanced. Each creative writing workshop is led by a senior writer with extensive experience in the genre under exploration. Through our professional development sessions, we also seek to regularly educate and update our members and guests about trade-specific issues such as contracts, copyright, and literary agents.


March Break creative writing camp

"The Art of Writing" will explore the written word using creative approaches, such as visual writing prompts, to discover and explore character development, build description through observation, expand the use of figurative language, and promote journal writing. Participants will delve into different genres and styles of writing, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, picture books, and graphic novels. The week will feature visits by professionally published authors who are valued participants in the WFNS Writers in the Schools program, and have in-depth experience working with tweens and teens.

"The Art of Writing" is aimed at youth ages 11 to 13. For each day of the camp, a different writer will lead activities and talk about the kind of writing they do. Writers taking part are: Wade White, Pauline Dakin, Kanaar Bell, Theresa Meuse, and Emma Fitzgerald

This class is the result of a partnership between the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia and NSCAD University's School of Extended Studies. Registration is handled by the School of Extended Studies as part of its full array of March Break programming. 

To register, please see: March Break Camps

The cost is $315 for the week, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The deadline for registration is March 3, 2020. 

 

Location: 
NSCAD University Port Campus (across the street from the Writers' Fed of Nova Scotia) 1107 Marginal Road Halifax, NS
Date: 
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, March 20, 2020 - 4:00pm

Between Tender and Bitter: A Food Writing Workshop

There is more to writing about food than describing methods of cooking, or pleasures of tasting. It’s in looking at the spaces between those two steps that we really begin to understand food as a narrative or as a character. 

The Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and Simon Thibault will be presenting Between Tender and Bitter: A Food Writing Workshop on Tuesday, March 17th (6-9) and Tuesday March 24th (6-9). The workshop will provide a brief intro into various forms of food writing, from personal essay to journalism, from recipe copy to researching methods. Beginner and emerging writers welcome. 

Attendees are asked to submit a piece of writing to be discussed and workshopped during the class. Submissions are to be emailed to programs@writers.ns.ca no later than March 10th. Works will then be reworked by individual attendees and workshopped again in the second session, on March 24th.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Simon Thibault is a journalist, editor, and author of Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food. He is also a Developmental Editor at Nimbus Publishing. 

His work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post, Vice, and CBC Radio. He has also been a judge in food writing categories for the James Beard Awards and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards (IACP).

 

$95 for WFNS members

$159 for non-members (includes membership to the WFNS for 2020) 

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer an inclusive space where all feel welcome. To this end, we ask that participants not use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS workshops and professional development sessions. Participants who use such language may be asked to leave.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$159.00
Member Price: 
$95.00
Date: 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 9:00pm

Masterclass on Revision with Carol Bruneau

Masterclass on Revision: Working through the Fears & Dread of Revising to See Its Rewards

Join award-winning author Carol Bruneau for three concurrent sessions (over one day) in fine-tuning key elements of a story—character development, plot and structure, dialogue and setting—to best convey its central meaning. We’ll work on strengthening scenes, improving pacing, and deciding when to cut and when to add information, all to create a cohesive, propulsive read that’s satisfying from beginning to end. In other words, see how to make your long or short fiction the very best it can be.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

(author headshot by Nicola Davison)

Carol Bruneau is the acclaimed author of five novels, including A Circle on the Surface, winner of last year’s Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, and three short story collections. Her most recent collection, A Bird on Every Tree, was a finalist for the 2018 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. Her first novel, Purple for Sky, won both awards in 2001. Re-released for the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, her novel Glass Voices was a Globe and Mail Best Book for 2007 and has become a book club favourite. Bruneau’s reviews, stories and essays have appeared nation-wide in newspapers, journals and anthologies, and two of her novels have been published internationally. She is a 2019 recipient of an Arts Nova Scotia Established Artist Recognition Award, and lives and works in Halifax. Her current project is a novel about folk artist Maud Lewis.

In addition to her work as an author, Bruneau has taught writing for many years. She has led workshops and writing classes at WFNS and various universities, including NSCAD, Dalhousie, and Acadia, and has served as a mentor in the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.

www.carolbruneau.com

https://www.nimbus.ca/authors/bio/carol-bruneau/

https://twitter.com/carolbruneau
https://www.facebook.com/carolrbruneau

$109 for WFNS members

$139 for non-members

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer an inclusive space where all feel welcome. To this end, we ask that participants not use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS workshops and professional development sessions. Participants who use such language may be asked to leave. 

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
$139.00
Member Price: 
$109.00
Date: 
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

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