This is a hands-on writing workshop for beginning and emerging writers of children’s picture books. You will generate ideas for stories through writing activities, explore writing tools and technique, develop and workshop a new picture book manuscript, and receive feedback on your manuscript from the instructor and workshop participants. While the focus of this workshop is on writing, you will also learn something of the business of publishing picture books. No prerequisites or pre-existing writing are required to participate – come to creatively explore the craft of writing for children.

This workshop will take place at the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (1113 Marginal Road, Halifax) in three parts over three Thursday evenings: 

Thursday, September 12, 6-9 pm

Thursday, September 19, 6-9 pm

Thursday, September 26, 6-9 pm 

This workshop is priced at $145 for WFNS members and $209 for non-members (includes a 2019 membership to the WFNS).


(Author photo by Shyronn Smardon)

Shauntay Grant is the author of several picture books for children including Up Home, winner of a Best Atlantic Published Book prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, and Africville, nominated for a 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and she has shared her children’s poetry and prose internationally at festivals and events in Canada, the United States, England, the Caribbean, and Australia. A former poet laureate for the City of Halifax (2009–11), she teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University. Visit her online at

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
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Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 9:00pm