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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Mindful Writing Retreat for Seasoned Writers

WHEN: Fri. Sept 30 to Sun. Oct 2 (with option of extra night Thurs. Sept 29) Arrive any time after 1 pm Thursday and leave by 4 pm Sunday. WHERE: Birchdale, close to Kemptville in Yarmouth County, NS www.birchdalelake.com WHAT: An opportunity to reflect, workshop, create new work, revise old work or simply do nuttin' but enjoy the company of writers. Paddling and hiking possible. PRICE: $175 for two nights; $225 for three. Rate includes evening meals but participants are responsible for bringing food for their own breakfasts/lunches.

Location: 
Birchdale, Southwest Nova Scotia, about 45 minutes inland from Yarmouth.
Date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 1:00pm

Advanced Fiction Workshop with Valerie Compton

Narrative Agency’s Advanced Fiction Workshop is for writers who have polished a manuscript (or a portion of a manuscript) and are ready for feedback from readers. You’ll receive written feedback and an annotated copy of your manuscript from each of your fellow writers and from the workshop leader. It’s an intensive and thrilling experience from which we promise you’ll learn a lot about writing, revising, critiquing, and reimagining. Join to find out why people keep coming back! Thursday evenings, 7 pm to 9 pm with Valerie Compton. September 29 through November 17, 2016. Cost: $375.

Location: 
Halifax
Date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 7:00pm

Alex W MacLeod Book Launch - "The Tracks - a refuge -"

Alex wrote his first novel. He had been a professional musician for many years so it seemed natural that he would want to write music for it, "The Tracks - a refuge-". HIs book launch event will include readings and music. This novel is set in the fictional town of Sterling Reserve along the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. Five abandoned railcars on the wrong side of a broken down bridge become occupied in the early 1950s and the little community of squatters is known as The Tracks. Join Alex with his piano on Thursday, September 29, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm.

Location: 
The Writers' Federation of NS 1113 Marginal Road Halifax Behind the Westin Hotel. Parking available in the Pier 21 lot.
Date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 7:30pm

Alex W MacLeod Book Launch - "The Tracks - a refuge -" (2016)

Music and words! Alex will not only read from his book, “The Tracks – a refuge –“ but he will also sing and play his piano using some original music he wrote just for his book launches this summer. The novel is a fictional story that takes place in Nova Scotia. Check out this newspaper article: http://capebretonstar.ca/2016/08/17/reserve-mines-born-author-alex-w-macleod-makes-tracks-in-first-novel/

Location: 
1113 Marginal Rd, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3K8 Just behind the Westin Hotel in south Halifax.
Date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 7:30pm

Lunenburg Lit Festival

The first annual Lunenburg Lit Festival featuring Wayne Johnston, Kris Bertin, Rebecca Thomas, Dean Jobb, Joan Dawson, Wanda Taylor, George Elliot Clarke, Colin Campbell and Ami McKay. Also includes a children's story mob, a literary Lunenburg walking tour, and local food and drink. See website for program details and ticket information: https://lunenburglitfestival.wordpress.com/

Location: 
Lunenburg, NS
Date: 
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 7:00pm

Andy Wainwright Book Launch and Reading

Andy Wainwright will read from his new novel "The Last Artist," which reveals the interrelated stories behind an artist's reproduction of several modern masterpieces on a cave wall so they will last, like the original cave paintings, for 20,000 years or more.

Location: 
Programme Room 5th Floor, Killam Library, Dalhousie University
Date: 
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 7:30pm

Janet Maybee, author of Aftershock: The Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot Francis Mackey - Reading

2016 Winner of the Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award. On December 6, 1917, the Mont-Blanc, a French munitions ship was struck by the Belgian Relief ship Imo; the resulting explosion leveled the North End of Halifax and killed nearly 2,000 people. Who was to blame? Harbour pilot Mackey on the Mont-Blanc was a convenient target for public anger. He was charged with manslaughter, imprisoned, villianized in the press – even after the charges were dropped!

Location: 
READ & SHARE CORNER, Vogler's Cove Community Hall, 8544 Highway 331, Vogler's Cove NS (exit 16 or 17 off the 103)
Date: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

Gwen Davies book launch

Enjoy an informal launch and celebrate Gwen's new book. In Facing the Other Way, "quirky and normal square off as Davies's beautifully-drawn characters seek moments of grace in between certainty and chaos," says Carol Bruneau. Come and meet this cast of idealistic characters, in the energy of their youth and the disenchantment of middle age -- friends who are there for each other when it counts.

Location: 
Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Date: 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm

Book Launch of novel Max's Folly, by Bill Turpin.

“A journalist adrift in time, a cast of wacky characters, an astute writer who deeply enjoys language: what’s not to like? Max’s Folly is a delight—worldly, quirky, droll and utterly engaging.” Silver Donald Cameron, author, filmmaker “Bill Turpin’s debut novel is ultimately a joyful, touching and often very funny book about loss—lost love, lost memory, and above all, the lost art of good old-fashioned newspapering.” Theo Moudakis, Toronto Star cartoonist

Location: 
Lion's Head Tavern (3801 Robie St.).
Date: 
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 4:00pm

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters Club

This will be a regular meeting of the club and entails members giving prepared speaking presentations and taking part in Table Topics which is a 1 to 2 minute 'think on your feet' type of mini speech. It is lots of fun and enjoyable. Visit us with no obligation to join the first two visits.

Location: 
The offices of WFNS at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Monday, October 10, 2016 - 6:30pm

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