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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Prix Aurora Awards

Since 1980, the Aurora Awards have celebrated achievement in science fiction writing. First hosted in Halifax at the original Halcon, this year, Hal-Con is honoured to host the event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, marking the event's return to Atlantic Canada for the first time since 1999. The Aurora Awards are kind of like the Peoples Choice Awards for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, except just for Canadians. There are twelve categories, some of them for literary works, and some of them for amateur or what we call Fan works. All Canadians may nominate or vote for the awards.

Location: 
Delta Hotels by Marriott Halifax (Bluenose Ballroom). 1990 Barrington Street. Halifax, NS
Date: 
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 8:00pm

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters: Polish Your Speaking Skills

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters invites members of the writing community and other creative friends to come to a meeting and see how Toastmasters works. 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? You might be invited to share your work by participating at an open mic event.

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, September 25, 2017 - 6:30pm

Fall Fiction Workshop with Valerie Compton

Announcing a workshop for writers who would like to develop their ability to skillfully revise their own fiction.  As a workshop member, you’ll receive written feedback on a story or chapter from each of your fellow writers and from the workshop leader. You’ll learn to animate character, shape plot, finesse structure—and participate in exciting craft discussions. Workshops begin the evening of Thursday, September 28 and will run for six to eight consecutive weeks, depending on the number of manuscripts under discussion. Cost: $375.

Location: 
Halifax
Date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

Chad Norman Book Launch

Truro poet Chad Norman launches his new Children's book, Waking Up On The Wrong Side Of The Sky, which has a anti-bullying theme. Illustrations by Truro artist, Bruce Wood

Location: 
Noveltea Bookstore & Cafe, 3 Pleasant St., Truro (right beside King Koin laundromat).
Date: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

5-day Writing Retreat in Saint Andrews by-the-Sea, October 23-28, 2017

Combine luxurious accommodations, famed New Brunswick fall foliage, and dedicated writing time on this 5-day retreat to Saint Andrews by-the-Sea. Join Dr. Gerard Collins, an award-winning Newfoundland author and experienced university and writing educator, for this autumn literary getaway. Gerard will give two creative writing workshops and host individual meetings with all participants, where the focus is on you and your craft, and where Gerard will provide detailed feedback on your writing.

Location: 
Rossmount Inn, Saint Andrews by-the-Sea
Date: 
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters: Polish Your Speaking Skills

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters invites members of the writing community and other creative friends to come to a meeting and see how Toastmasters works. 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? You might be invited to share your work by participating at an open mic event.

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, October 23, 2017 - 6:30pm

4th Annual Paradise Writers' Retreat

Are you working on a novel, desperately trying to find time to write and never quite getting there? Come to The Paradise Writers’ Retreat from October 29 to November 2 for support and inspiration… and a little quiet time to write! HERE’S THE PLOT… Surround yourself with other writers who are equally as determined to get writing! It’s the perfect jump-start because: • You’ll participate in interactive workshops that spark creativity. • There will be guaranteed solitary writing time. • You’ll be in tranquil, remote surroundings that will help clear your mind.

Location: 
Oceanstone Seaside Resort, Indian Harbour, NS (5 minutes from Peggy's Cove). Check-in anytime after 3 pm on Sunday. Welcome reception and dinner buffet at 6:30 pm.
Date: 
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 6:30pm

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