We each of us have a story to tell. Connecting with our voice enables to write those stories with authenticity.

This workshop focuses on the TWO voices of memoir: the narrator's and the character we become as we tell our stories.

Equally important are the voices of our secondary characters - all voices help strengthen our narrators voice as we search back through the dark looking for the light.

This workshop will take place over four Thursday evenings (January 23, January 30, February 13, and March 5) from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia in Halifax. 


Donna Morrissey publishes through Penguin Canada and has written six nationally best-selling novels. She has received awards in Canada, the U.S. and England and her novel Sylvanus Now was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. Donna’s fiction has been translated up to seven different languages. She was nominated for a Gemini for her script, The Clothesline Patch (which won a Gemini for best production). 

Her latest novel, The Fortunate Brother, spent six weeks on the bestseller list, and won the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel of 2017. Aside from mentoring with Humber College in Toronto, Donna teaches part-time at Dalhousie University, has finished a seventh novel, The Unclaimed, and is currently editing one of two memoirs, Seven Lamplights, and Our Father Who Art Not. All three are to be released by Penguin in 2020.

In her spare time she splays on the couch, watching Dr. Seuss with her grandson, Bentley.


WFNS member price: $149

Non-member price: $214 (includes one-year membership to the WFNS for 2020)

This workshop is now full. If you are interested in being waitlisted for this program, please email programs@writers.ns.ca


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
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 9:00pm