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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Creative Writing Workshop

A creative writing workshop focussed on telling life stories. Open to women/girls who identify as African Nova Scotian or of African descent. The workshop is part of a project by Understorey Magazine and the Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute. Participants may submit work to Understorey Magazine's special issue on African Nova Scotian writing. Facilitated by author Louise Delisle. 10 am until noon. Free.

Location: 
Black Loyalist Heritage Centre 119 Old Birchtown Road Shelburne, NS
Date: 
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 10:00am

Poetry in the Public Gardens

CALLING ALL POETS! 2017 is the 150th birthday of the Public Gardens, and the Friends of the Public Gardens invite you to help us celebrate. There will be poetry readings in the Gardens from May to October. You can read your own work, or read Victorian poetry, or write a poem relating to the Gardens. The first reading is May 27th, 2pm to 4pm, but there will be a reading every month, and you can choose the best date for you. For the complete schedule, please contact Janet Brush.

Location: 
Public Gardens, Spring Garden Road, Halifax
Date: 
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 2:00pm

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

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

Johanna Skibsrud & Rebecca Silver Slayter

We are thrilled to host Johanna Skibsrud and Rebecca Silver Slayter on Friday, July 7th, at 7 p.m. for an evening of poetry and fiction. Johanna Skibsrud will read from her newest book of poetry The Description of the World (Wolsak and Wynn), and Rebecca Silver Slayter will read from In the Land of Birdfishes (HarperCollins). About Johanna Skibsrud: http://www.johannaskibsrud.com/ About Rebecca Silver Slayter: https://www.invernessoran.ca/entertainment/125-slayters-debut-novel-nominated

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

“Write Yourself” at the Wooden Tents on Pictou Island.

Pictou Island Wooden Tents will host their first-ever writing workshop retreat this summer from August 1st to 3rd. The three-day event, led by veteran writing instructor and author Gwen Davies, is designed for writers of fiction and life story and feature both idea-storming and formal guided sessions at various unique locations on Pictou Island. Participants will stay at the Wooden Tents site and have the use of a cruiser bicycle for the three days.

Location: 
Pictou Island Wooden Tents One Wharf Road, Pictou Island, Nova Scotia
Date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 8:00am

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