Following is a list of upcoming events: readings, writing workshops and seminars, and so on. Unless specified otherwise, events happen in Nova Scotia, Canada. We strongly encourage you to check dates and times with hosting organizations as typos and sudden changes happen. Follow us on Twitter, @WFNS, to hear about these events and more day-to-day.


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The Mindful Writer (Retreat)

Looking to get your “write” on? Join facilitators Sandra Phinney and Heather White for The Mindful Writer, an unplugged writers’ retreat and opportunity to cultivate a mindful writing practice. Topics include painting with words, mindful insights, exercises to spark imagination and creativity. Weekend is suitable for beginner or emerging writers; experienced writers will benefit as well. Fee is $390 and includes shared accommodations, meals, and 8 workshop sessions.

Location: 
Birchdale Lodge, outside of Yarmouth NS.
Date: 
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 2:00pm

Alice Burdick Book Launch with Norm Adams on Cello

Join us as local poet (and Lexicon Books co-owner!) Alice Burdick launches her new book of poetry, Book of Short Sentences (Mansfield Press), accompanied by the cellist Norm Adams of suddenlyLISTEN Music. It will be an enjoyable evening of words and music in our ongoing Lexicon Salon project, in collaboration with suddenlyLISTEN of Halifax.

Location: 
Lexicon Books 125 Montague Street Lunenburg Nova Scotia
Date: 
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 7:00pm

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters meeting

Have you listened to a public reading and thought “oh, what a beautiful piece; such a shame he didn’t slow down and do it justice?" Or you might have heard someone interviewed about her book on radio and winced at all the ahs, ums, and sos. We all want to sound good when we speak, as well as when we write. At a Toastmasters club, you can polish your public speaking skills: eliminate filler words like ah and um, address audiences, give readings, pitch your novel, give introductions. Visit the club at any time as our guest.

Location: 
1113 Marginal Rd. Enter through the WFNS door, next door to Tomavino's, across from the NSCAD Port Campus.
Date: 
Monday, May 30, 2016 - 6:30pm

Soiree de PARC - Playwrights' Atlantic Resource Centre

Join us for Soiree de PARC at 7:00 p.m. on the evening of Monday, May 30, 2016. This year’s Soiree will celebrate the work of Nova Scotian playwrights and actors Mary Colin Chisholm and Christian Murray. Attendees will gather in a beautiful, historical private home in South End Halifax for a sparkling evening in the company of our featured playwrights for readings from some of their work.

Location: 
The event location will be provided at the time tickets are purchased.
Date: 
Monday, May 30, 2016 - 7:00pm

Book Launch: The Scottish Gaelic Tattoo Handbook

You are invited to the launch of The Scottish Gaelic Tattoo Handbook: Authentic Words and Phrases in the Celtic Language of Scotland. Author Emily McEwan will give a presentation on what to seek out and what to avoid when getting a tattoo incorporating a word or phrase in Gaelic. We'll look at real-life Gaelic tattoo mistakes and learn a bit about the history of Gaelic language and culture. Halifax Henna will also be doing free temporary henna "tattoos" of Gaelic words from the book. The presentation will be followed by a book signing.

Location: 
Halifax Central Library, Room 301 5440 Spring Garden Road Halifax, NS B3J 1E9
Date: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 6:30pm

CANSCAIP Meeting - Social Media

WFNS members are invited to attend CANSCAIP's meeting on social media for creative professionals. We'll be discussing the foundations of a successful online platform, as well as some very important do's and don'ts. Please RSVP to lindsey @ foxtalk . ca if you would like to attend.

Location: 
WFNS offices, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 7:00pm

Making memories work for you - WORKSHOP

Making memories work for you This memoir workshop with Sandra Phinney appeals to a variety of ages, writing abilities and interests. For example: seniors who wish to write vignettes for their children and grandchildren; people who are journaling; volunteers from museums, libraries, or different community organizations who are writing newsletters or booklets; freelance writers who are interested in writing stories or essays for pay; scrapbookers who would like to write short stories to accompany their photos; and anyone who wants to write a book focused on their memoirs.

Location: 
Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Joggins, NS
Date: 
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 9:30am

Book Launch: The Last Honest Man in Havana

Come help celebrate the launch of Melanie Furlong-Riesgo's debut novel, The Last Honest Man in Havana. Called a “gripping and sometimes humorous story of love, resourcefulness, survival and determination,” by Halifax Magazine, The Last Honest Man in Havana shows what happens when a young man’s trust in collective ideals begins to crumble. The event will include a reading, conversation, snacks and signed books for purchase.

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/163280594070792/

Location: 
Sackville Public Library. Tuesday, June 7, 2016—7:00 pm.
Date: 
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters: Writers Polishing Public Speaking Skills

Are you published? Is that a goal you’ve set for yourself? Among other things, it means that you want to share your work with the world. Increasingly, authors are not only expected to put good words on the page, we are also expected to have good speaking and presentation skills. Have you got an eloquent and interesting answer for that question: “what do you write?” You might be interviewed on radio or television, or on stage. You might be asked to give a talk. You might be invited to share your work by participating at an open mic event.

Location: 
We meet at the offices of WFNS (Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia), 1113 Marginal Rd., Halifax. Enter through the WFNS door, opposite NSCAD's Port Campus.
Date: 
Monday, June 13, 2016 - 6:30am

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