Toastmasters Club for Writers - Mon, April 14, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Take a look at the following questions. If you answer “yes” to any of them, then WFNS and Toastmasters invites you participate in a new program: a Toastmasters Club for writers. 

•Are you a writer who has an upcoming public speaking engagement?

•Maybe you feel at home in front of an audience but would like to engage the crowd and sell more books?

•Do you panic during interviews or Q & A sessions? 

•Would you like to be confident and prepared when public speaking opportunities present themselves?

•Do you enjoy learning new techniques from other writers?

•Are you a lifelong learner?

As an author, how you deliver your writing to a wider audience is every bit as important as how you write it. Writing requires organization and imagination. Projects in the Toastmasters program focus on structure, logic and creativity. Feedback covers both content and delivery, and is constructive, insightful and supportive. You will hone writing, listening and speaking skills, learn to think on your feet and ad lib in public situations. 

Toastmasters is not simply about giving speeches; it is about building confidence and creating leaders. Members grow personally and professionally.

The Toastmasters program provides a safe environment in which to practice for your upcoming events: readings, media interviews, panel discussions or author pitch sessions (whether they are next month or next year). 

Please join us for a free demonstration meeting on March 26, 6:30-8 p.m. at the WFNS offices 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax. 

Please RSVP to 

For further information contact Collette Saunders at 902-405-1701 or

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Hungry Hearts II - Poetry Workshop

 *** This workshop is now full. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email

 The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is proud to present Hungry Hearts II, a four-week poetry-writing workshop in April led by Brian Bartlett, Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaasen, Warren Heiti, and El Jones. Hungry Hearts II will provide writers of all levels with an overview of the craft from several professional perspectives. No prerequisites or pre-existing pieces of writing are necessary.

To Register:  
Please register using one of the following methods:

1. Online using the PayPal 'add to cart' button below. 
2. Contact WFNS at or 902.423.8116 to reserve your space before submitting your cheque or money order to
Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia | 1113 Marginal Road | Halifax, NS | B3H 4P7

Register early as space is limited. 

$120 for WFNS members
$160 for non-members
(Payment plans are available)

If you are a WFNS member, log on to your account before checking out. The member rate will automatically become available. 

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax

Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
April 2 to April 23, 2014


April 2 - Stanza-Making Skills with Brian Bartlett
What’s more valuable for the pacing and spacing of many poems than stanzas? We’ll look at many sorts of stanzas – open and closed; regular (couplets, tercets, quatrains) and irregular; rhymed and unrhymed; one-line-stanzas; stanzas with ending refrains. Then we’ll share samples of your own poems, especially to see how changes in stanzaic structure could clarify, enhance and strengthen them.

April 9 - On Sense and Absence with Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen
Let’s say the universe is consciousness and life is one of its ideas: poetry is a response [RE + spondēre, meaning a promise, a vow, see SPOUSE!] a promise to be alive; it sings of eccentricities, words quavering side-by-side, a synaptic flirting: we are beside ourselves and sharing a field of strangeness. How can words and their silent counterparts return us to the nature of being?

April 16 - Speak Out Loud with El Jones
This session is devoted to exploring the art of spoken word, whether participants are interested in writing spoken word or in integrating performance into their readings. Participants will also explore oral culture, occasional writing, politics, and art.

April 23  - Elemental Ode with Warren Heiti
“Ontological attention is a form of love,” writes Jan Zwicky. This session offers an opportunity to practise attention to particular things — this heart-sized red pepper, this pair of hand-knit socks — through the medium of the elemental ode. We shall consider examples of the ode from the work of Neruda, Rilke, and others, and engage in the exercise of composing odes.


Brian Bartlett is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry, including The Watchmaker’s Table, The Afterlife of Trees, and Wanting the Day: Selected Poems, and winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. His most recent collection is an all-haiku book, Potato Blossom Road: Seven Montages. Since 1990 he has taught Creative Writing and several fields of literature at Saint Mary’s University. This April Fitzhenry and Whiteside will publish his first prose book, a 366-item book of days, Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar.

Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen is the author of three collections of poetry, including Ör and Lean-to. Her poems are recorded with Norman Adams on cello, and have been exhibited as visual art at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax. She reads dictionaries and physics and sometimes gets herself quantumly entangled.

El Jones is a spoken word activist and teacher. Her poetry is particularly committed to political causes and social justice and has worked extensively with organizations around Halifax performing and presenting on issues of social change. Among her many roles, El is currently HRM’s Poet Laureate and artistic director of Word Iz Bond Spoken Word Artist Collective, and teaches in the African Canadian Transition Program at NSCC and in the Women's Studies program at Acadia. El believes that poetry can empower the powerless and give voice to the voiceless.

Warren Heiti lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he has taught at Dalhousie University, St. Mary’s University, and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. He is currently a teaching fellow at the University of King’s College. His poetry has been anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books, 2010), Best New Poets (Samovar Press, 2009), and Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets (Nightwood Editions, 2004), and his book Hydrologos (Pedlar Press, 2011) was shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Prize. 

 If you are a WFNS member, log on to your account before checking out. The member rate will automatically become available.  

*** This workshop is now full. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email

160.00 CAD
Member Price: 
120.00 CAD
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:00pm