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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Reading Where We Live

The Ernest Buckler Literary Event Society presents a celebration of local authors and literature. Keynote speakers will be author/professor Alexander MacLeod (Saint Mary's University) and professor Nick Mount (University of Toronto) who will join a panel discussion (Dr. Barry Moody, Paul Colville, Nancy Bent) and Q and A session on writing locally. A video screening, dramatic readings,dramatic presentation and locally sourced supper (D'Aubin Family Meats) with cash bar will be featured.

Location: 
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #33 Jeffrey Street Bridgetown, NS
Date: 
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 4:00pm

Reading Where We Live: A Celebration of Local Writing

The Ernest Buckler Literary Event Society presents keynote speakers Alexander MacLeod of St. Mary's University and Nick Mount of University of Toronto. The focus on local writers will feature Paul Colville, author of The View from Delusion Road:A Settler's Story, assisted by Barry Moody and Linda Bent. A panel discussion will allow a question and answer session for the audience. Ken Maher, Blain Henshaw, Annapolis District Drama Group are also participants. Tickets (@$35.00) are available from local branches of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library system.

Location: 
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #33, Bridgetown, NS This event goes from 4:00 to 9:00 including a locally-sourced dinner catered by D'Aubins Family Meats of Bridgetown..
Date: 
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 4:00pm

Hubbards Writers Festival: The Memoir

On June 3 & 4, 2017, the Hubbards Writers Society presents its third annual festival devoted to the literary arts. Hubbards Writers Festival 2017: The Memoir features two related components: an evening event of Festival Readings on Saturday, June 3 and a full day of Memoir Workshops on Sunday, June 4. This year’s festival features Silver Donald Cameron, Marjorie Simmins, and Lorri Neilsen Glenn. For more information about programming, presenters, and tickets & registration, visit our website at hubbardswritersfestival.com.

Location: 
Hubbards, NS
Date: 
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters: Writers Polishing Public Speaking Skills

Spring is here! Do you have a little extra time for professional development over the summer months? Creatively Speaking Toastmasters invites members of the writing community and other creative friends to come and meet us. Writers tend to be introverts; Toastmasters helps us connect with the outside world with confidence and eloquence! Increasingly, authors are not only expected to put good words on the page, but also to have good speaking and presentation skills. What do you write? Have you got an interesting and concise answer for that question?

Location: 
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday evening of the month, at the offices of WFNS: 1113 Marginal Rd., in downtown Halifax. Enter through the WFNS door, opposite NSCAD's Port Campus.
Date: 
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:30pm

History & Fiction

A J B (John) Johnston will be offering an illustrated presentation that is also a reflection on his Nova Scotia life and career and how things played out for him to make a transition from writing history to writing fiction.

Location: 
Truro Branch, Colchester East Hants Library, Truro, NS
Date: 
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 6:30pm

The Minefields of Memoir: Truth, Art & Not Being Disowned

The Minefields of Memoir: Truth, Art, and Not Being Disowned is a brand-new offering from author and teacher Marjorie Simmins. The day-long workshop (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) will feature practical, easy-to-use methods to avoid some of the minefields inherent in personal narratives, along with new and inspiring writing exercises.

Location: 
Thinkers Lodge 249 Water Street Pugwash, NS http://thinkerslodge.org/
Date: 
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10:00am

Laurie Swim launch of Hope and Survival

Lexicon Books is pleased to host renowned textile artist Laurie Swim as she launches her new book Hope and Survival: A Child's Story of the Halifax Explosion, from Art Quilt Publishing. Laurie Swim is a Portia White Prize winning fibre artist based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and the author of several books on quilting. She wrote this story and created the evocative artwork while working on a monumental memorial quilt for the Halifax Explosion, also called “Hope and Survival” — Laurie’s seventh community art project. http://www.laurieswim.com/

Location: 
Lexicon Books 125 Montague Street Lunenburg NS
Date: 
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 1:00pm

Mary Corkery & Deirdre Dwyer Lunenburg launches

We are pleased to host visiting poet Mary Corkery, launching Simultaneous Windows (Inanna Publications), alongside Deirdre Dwyer, launching The Blomidon Logs (ECW Press). Mary Corkery: http://www.inanna.ca/catalog/simultaneous-windows/ Deirdre Dwyer: https://ecwpress.com/products/blomidon-logs

Location: 
Lexicon Books 125 Montague Street Lunenburg NS
Date: 
Friday, June 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Pregnant Pause book launch

Please join WFNS member Jane Doucet at the launch of her debut novel, The Pregnant Pause, on June 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 301-A at the Halifax Central Library. Her books will be sold at a slight discount at the launch party, for $15 (cash only). “I wrote my novel to empower women who assumed they’d have children but, for whatever reason, it didn’t happen,” says Jane. “It’s really for everyone, though—women and men, parents and non-parents—because it’s about relationships with romantic partners, family, friends and coworkers.

Location: 
Room 301-A, Halifax Central Library (3rd floor), 5440 Spring Garden Road
Date: 
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 9:30am

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