Introducing the 2017 Mentorship Program Participants

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 3:50pm

The 2017 Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program hits the half-way point this month, and participating writers are busy honing their craft and developing their manuscripts with guidance from their mentors. 

So You Want to Be Published - Professional Development Tour

Submitted by Robin on
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 2:33pm

We're excited to bringing a tour of the session, "So You Want to Be Published" to Halifax, Wolfville, Antigonish, Yarmouth and Sydney!

Halifax: Tuesday, April 18th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM. WFNS Office, 1113 Marginal Road.

Antigonish: Saturday, April 22nd, 1-3 PM. St James United Church, 197 Main St, Antigonish, NS.

New WFNS Legacy Members Announced

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Friday, December 2, 2016 - 11:19am

On November 30, 2016, as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) announced four new Legacy Memberships. This designation recognizes and celebrates members whose achievements to date—including their published work and other contributions to our writing community—have had an impact on our province’s cultural life and creative economy.  

Snow Plan

Submitted by Robin on
Friday, November 25, 2016 - 9:55am

Nova Scotian winters can be unpredictable and messy. Because of that, the WFNS Office has put a plan in place to ensure the safety of staff. On days when the weather is questionable (sidewalks and roads unplowed, ice, heavy snow, extreme temperatures, etc.) your staff may be working from home. On those days, a notice will be posted on social media and our website. If you have an urgent query on those days, please email as we won't be in the office to answer the phone. 

CFNS 40th Anniversary Open House!

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Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 10:21am

The WFNS invites you to a 40th anniversary party for the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia (CFNS). Along with six other provincial arts organizations, WFNS is a founding member of the CFNS collective. Join us for a party with CFNS members and for a couple of special announcements for the WFNS anniversary!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016. 5:00 - 7:00pm. 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax. If you are planning on attending, please email

Meet & Greet the New Writers' Union of Canada Atlantic Representative

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 11:02am

Join The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC) and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) for an informal meet & greet information session. Chuck Bowie, the new TWUC-Atlantic regional rep, and Jonathan Meakin, Executive Director of the WFNS, will host a wide-ranging chat featuring updates from TWUC, the WFNS, and other writing organizations present; Canada Council for the Arts support for writers; changes in the publishing industry; updates on Access Copyright; and discussion of any other challenges or opportunities of interest to writers nationally, regionally, and provincially. 

WFNS at Hal-Con!

Submitted by Robin on
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 2:41pm

We're at Hal-Con Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention from November 4th -6th. Come and visit us at booth J2 on the vendor floor! Please be advised that the office will be closed Friday, November 4th. 

Nova Writes Now Open!

Submitted by Robin on
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 9:28am

The Nova Writes Competition for Unpublished Manuscripts is now open! 

Emerging writers throughout Nova Scotia are invited to submit unpublished work in six categories: Short Form Creative Non-Fiction, Long Form Creative Non-Fiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story, and Writing for Children/Young Adult Novel. 

All entrants receive written comments on their manuscripts. Category winners will receive a cash prize and an invitation to read at the Celebration of Emerging Writers in June, 2017.  Deadline: December 13. 

Anatomy of a Book: Promotion & Publicity

Submitted by Robin on
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 3:49pm

Tuesday, November 1, 2016. 6:30-8:30 PM.
WFNS Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
$15/Members, $25/Non-Members.

Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program

Submitted by Robin on
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 11:25am

The deadline for the 2017 Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program is October 17, 2016. 

The Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program is designed to support developing writers in Nova Scotia who are committed to their writing and are on the cusp of professional publication. This is not an introductory creative writing course; it is an intensive, hands-on opportunity intended to provide a disciplined and focused period of work during which emerging writers may develop and hone their craft in a supportive environment.