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

(This workshop has been temporarily suspended. We will be re-scheduling it for a later date as soon as possible.)

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.


(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.


Sorry! This workshop is full. Please call 902-423-8116 or email to put your name on a waitlist. 

ADDITIONAL: Due to COVID-19, this workshop has been postponed. A new date will be set once Nova Scotia's State of Emergency is lifted. 

$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. 

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 5:00pm