In this four-week fiction workshop we’ll follow the creative journey from the earliest spark of an idea to finding a publisher or agent, with stops along the way at key writing stages and story elements. The unfolding conversation will engage both novice and veteran writers, as we explore the fundamentals of crafting a story to share with the world. Our workshops will include exercises, readings, discussions, sharing work with your instructor and peers, and with any luck, some laughter and helpful insights into your own writing practice!


Rebecca Silver Slayter is a freelance writer and editor. She is an editor of Brick, A literary journal and the Executive & Artistic Director for the Cabot Trail Writers Festival, and she was named one of CBC’s Ten Writers to Watch. Her first novel, In the Land of Birdfishes, was published by HarperCollins in 2013 and shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize. Her new novel is forthcoming from Doubleday in 2020. She lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, with her husband and two children.


This workshop will take place at St. James United Church in Antigonish from 1-4 pm on Saturdays October 26, November 2, November 9, and November 23. Please note there is no workshop scheduled for November 16. 

$169 for WFNS members

$199 for non-members (includes a membership to the WFNS for the remainder of 2019)


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.

St. James United Church, 197 Main Street, Antigonish
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Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 4:00pm