Alistair MacLeod: A Note in Mourning

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 4:57pm

The members and staff of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia deeply mourn the loss of Alistair MacLeod who passed away on Sunday, April 20th.  His books, his teaching, his steadfast friendship, and his commitment to his home province have all been there for us to lean on and grow from.  In November 2001, when he won the Portia White Prize for his excellence and achievements, Alistair named our Writers' Federation as the recipient of part of that prize.

Easter Weekend Hours

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Monday, April 14, 2014 - 9:27am

The WFNS offices will be closed Friday, April 18 and Monday, April 21st. We will be back in the office on Tuesday, April 22nd and will respond to any voicemail and e-mail messages then.

WFNS Spring Fling! April 26, 10-2 PM.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:50am

Saturday, April 26th, 10– 2 PM,  1113 Marginal Rd

We will be opening up the WFNS office and the adjoining Creative Federations of Nova Scotia main space for a spring carnival celebrating the end of National Poetry Month. This carnival will include poetry for sale by Bookmark, games, a bake sale, buttonmaking, a chalk artist, face painting, and more!

If you are interested in volunteering to help out at this event, please email


Hungry Hearts II - Poetry Workshop

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 11:09am

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is proud to present Hungry Hearts II, a four-week poetry-writing workshop in April led by Brian Bartlett, Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaasen, Warren Heiti, and El Jones. Hungry Hearts II will provide writers of all levels with an overview of the craft from several professional perspectives. No prerequisites or pre-existing pieces of writing are necessary.

When: April 2 to April 23, 2014. Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: $120 for WFNS members, $160 for non-members

Toastmasters Club for Writers – April 14, 6:30 pm

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 12:06pm

As an author, how you deliver your writing to a wider audience is every bit as important as how you write it. WFNS and Toastmasters invites you participate in a new program: a Toastmasters Club for writers!

The Toastmasters program provides a safe environment for writers to hone their skills and prepare for upcoming events: readings, media interviews, panel discussions or author pitch sessions (whether they are next month or next year).

Office Closure: February 5, 2014

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 2:37pm

The WFNS office will be closed on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 while staff attend a professional development workshop. 
We will be back in the office on Thursday and will respond to any voicemail and e-mail messages then.

~Team WFNS 

WFNS Workshops Update!

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 4:00pm

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is proud to present Hungry Minds II, an eight-week fiction-writing workshop led by Shashi Bhat, Ian Colford, Shandi Mitchell, and Jon Tattrie. Program and registration details are available HERE. 

Watch this space for further announcements, such as:

Atlantic Writing Competition Reminder

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Friday, January 17, 2014 - 2:50pm

The deadline for entries to the 37th annual Atlantic Writing Competition (AWC) is February 3, 2014, which is just over two weeks away! For details concerning eligibility, submission procedures, adjudication process, and timeline, please review the AWC guidelines available HERE ( 

Reminders for the New Year!

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 5:16pm

WFNS Membership Renewal 
Please renew your WFNS membership for 2014 by January 31 in order to continue receiving membership benefits such as the weekly "Notes from the Fed", Eastword, and reduced fees for workshops and the Atlantic Writing Competition. Details on on how to renew your membership online or by mail is available at the WFNS website here