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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Edward Riche at Lexicon Books!

We are very happy to have the excellent author Edward Riche join us from Newfoundland with a reading from his new novel Today I Learned It Was You (House of Anansi Press). When a retired actor who frequents a city park is purported to be transitioning from man to deer, municipal authorities in St. John’s, Newfoundland, find themselves confronted by an exasperatingly difficult problem.

Location: 
Lexicon Books 125 Montague Street Lunenburg
Date: 
Friday, September 2, 2016 - 7:00pm

Grammar Boot Camp

Want to flex your grammar (and punctuation and usage) muscles? This intensive seminar will put you through the paces. Focusing on high-level errors—the ones that make it past editors and proofreaders and into print—this session will help you identify and fix the most puzzling mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and usage. We'll look at errors from a range of publications, discuss up-to-date approaches to eliminating them, and run through a series of challenging editing exercises. Feel free to bring in any difficult examples you've encountered on the job.

Location: 
Dartmouth Sportsplex
Date: 
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 9:30am

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters Club

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters Club was created with writers in mind. The club's membership has quite a few writers so the meetings can bring out the creativity in you. Come join us and experience a way to improve your speaking abilities and be comfortable doing it. Our next meeting is September 12, 6:30 pm at the WFNS office. We welcome guests and there is no obligation to join for the first couple of meetings.

Location: 
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia office at Marginal Road. ( Across from Pier 21)
Date: 
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 6:30pm

Write-In Joggins

The Joggins Fossil Centre is offering writers, in all stages of their writing lives, a new programme entitled Write-In Joggins. The third Sunday of each month Write-In Joggins provides the two things every writer needs most: the time and space to write. Beginning Sunday September 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., writers are invited to bring their laptops, tablets, or simply a pen and paper and write to their hearts’ content, in the Centre's multi-purpose room, overlooking the beautiful Cumberland Basin and the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location: 
The Joggins Fossil Centre 100 Main Street Joggins, Nova Scotia
Date: 
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 10:00am

Halifax Book Launch for Marjorie Simmins' new book, Year of the Horse

Please join us for our Halifax book launch, celebrating Marjorie Simmins' new book, Year of the Horse, a non-fiction story about horses, healing and improbable dreams, published by Pottersfield Press. Select menu and cash bar. 5:30 - 8:30; reading at 6:00 p.m.

Location: 
Venue: Lion & Bright Bistro, 2534 Agricola Street, Halifax, NS
Date: 
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 5:30pm

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