So You Want to Be Published - Wolfville - SOLD OUT

THIS SESSION IS SOLD OUT. If you previously called to ask to pay at the door, you have a space! 

WHAT: So You Want to Be Published  - a Professional Development Session.

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017. 1:00-3:00 PM.

WHERE: St. John's Anglican Church, 161 HWY 1, Wolfville, NS.

COST: $15/Members, $25/Non-Members 

Working on an essay, novel, magazine article or history book, but not sure how to get it published when you're done?  Hesitating to share your ideas because you think the process is more complicated than you're ready for? Then this professional development session is for you. Learn from A J  B Johnston and Sarah Sawler as they share everything  they know about the publishing process - from non-fiction and magazine articles to short stories and novels. 

Sarah and John will talk transparently about the entire process, sharing practical, usable advice on a wide range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • writing an eye-catching query letter
  • finding the right market for your work
  • working effectively with editors
  • building your brand as a writer
  • meeting tough deadlines 

As a participants, you're encouraged to submit any questions you have in advance, so Sarah and John can answer as many specific questions as they can and tailor the presentation to the interests of the various regions. The first 45 minutes will feature presentations by John and Sarah about the writing and publishing process; the rest of the session will be a Q&A.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
 
A J B (John) Johnston works in three disciplines: history, fiction and museum exhibits. He enjoyed a long career as a historian with Parks Canada and now works independently. He is the author or co-author of fourteen books of history and three novels — with more to come. For his body of work on the French Colonial era in Atlantic Canada, France made him a chevalier of its Ordre des Palmes Académiques. In 2016, he was a mentor in the WFNS Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.
 
Sarah Sawler is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as Halifax Magazine, Quill & Quire, Atlantic Business Magazine, and ParentsCanada. Her first non-fiction book, 100 Things You Don't Know About Nova Scotia, was published by Nimbus Publishing in April 2016, and she's currently working on her second, 100 Things You Don't Know About Atlantic Canada--for Kids! 
 
In early 2016, Sarah completed Humber College's Creative Writing Correspondence Course under the mentorship of young adult and middle grade author Richard Scrimger. Her first published short story appeared on Spelk.com in October 2016.
 

REGISTRATION

Please note that we are not able to take credit card registrations over the phone. You can pay via the link below (using PayPal, no account required.) Or, you can mail a cheque to: WFNS, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7. If you mail a cheque, please be sure to indicate which session you are registering for, and include your email address so we can email you to gather questions that the presenters will address. 

 

Location: 
St. John's Anglican Church, 161 HWY 1, Wolfville, NS.
Date: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Exploring Speculative Fiction

WHAT: Workshop.

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 2017. 10 AM - 5 PM with one hour for lunch (not supplied.) 

WHERE: AA Munro Insurance Board Room, Kirk Place, 219 Main Street, Antigonish, NS.

FOR: People interested in speculative fiction.

COST: $90 for members, $135 for non-members. 

In this workshop, we’ll explore the map of the many different paths through the landscape of speculative fiction. We’ll talk about what makes a story speculative, tropes and expectations, and what it takes to make a good speculative story work. We’ll discuss the importance in SpecFic of three strong and interconnected story pillars (idea, character, and plot) and the best ways to approach building the world of your story. Finally, we’ll explore paths to finding speculative fiction ideas in the mundane world, and some helpful tools in the pursuit of professional publication in these genres.

This workshop is for anyone interested in writing speculative fiction, whether you've already begun your journey, or would simply like to learn more about the genre's terrain. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sherry D. Ramsey writes speculative fiction for both adults and young adults, and is one of the founding editors of Cape Breton's Third Person Press. Her award-winning debut novel, One's Aspect to the Sun, launched in 2013 from Edmonton's Tyche Books. The sequel, Dark Beneath the Moon (Tyche Books) followed in 2015, and a third book in the Nearspace series is scheduled for 2017. She has also published the YA fantasy, The Seventh Crow (Dreaming Robot Press, 2015), and an urban fantasy/mystery, The Murder Prophet. Some of her short stories are collected in To Unimagined Shores and her most recent short fiction has appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine and The 2017 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide. She ventures into horror writing with a story in a Nova Scotia anthology of horror, forthcoming in 2017.

Sherry has co-edited six anthologies of regional short fiction with Third Person Press and conducted numerous writing workshops in person and online. A member of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia Writer’s Council, Sherry is also a past Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer of SF Canada and is currently SFC's website administrator. She lives in Cape Breton with her husband, two children, and two dogs, where she consumes far more chocolate and coffee than is probably good for her. Visit Sherry online on www.sherrydramsey.com, and follow her much more pithy musings on Twitter @sdramsey.
 

REGISTRATION

Please note that we are not able to take credit card registrations over the phone. You can pay via the link below (using PayPal, no account required. Members, log in to your account to access the discount before checking out.) Or, you can mail a cheque to: WFNS, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7. If you mail a cheque, please be sure to indicate which workshop you are registering for, and include your phone number and email address. If you are mailing a cheque within two weeks of the course start date, please email us to let us know the cheque is on the way. 

Location: 
AA Munro Insurance Board Room, Kirk Place, 219 Main Street, Antigonish, NS.
Price: 
135.00 CAD
Member Price: 
90.00 CAD
Date: 
Saturday, May 6, 2017 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

So You Want to Be Published - Sydney

WHAT: So You Want to Be Published  - a Professional Development Session.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 9, 2017. 6:30-8:30 PM.

WHERE: New Dawn Centre, 37 Nepean St, Sydney, NS. 

COST: $15/Members, $25/Non-Members 

Working on an essay, novel, magazine article or history book, but not sure how to get it published when you're done?  Hesitating to share your ideas because you think the process is more complicated than you're ready for? Then this professional development session is for you. Learn from A J  B Johnston and Norma Jean MacPhee as they share everything  they know about the publishing process - from non-fiction and magazine articles to short stories and novels. 

Norma Jean and John will talk transparently about the entire process, sharing practical, usable advice on a wide range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • writing an eye-catching query letter
  • finding the right market for your work
  • working effectively with editors
  • building your brand as a writer
  • meeting tough deadlines 

As a participants, you're encouraged to submit any questions you have in advance, so Norma Jean and John can answer as many specific questions as they can and tailor the presentation to the interests of the various regions. The first 45 minutes will feature presentations by John and Norma Jean about the writing and publishing process; the rest of the session will be a Q&A.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
 
A J B (John) Johnston works in three disciplines: history, fiction and museum exhibits. He enjoyed a long career as a historian with Parks Canada and now works independently. He is the author or co-author of fourteen books of history and three novels — with more to come. For his body of work on the French Colonial era in Atlantic Canada, France made him a chevalier of its Ordre des Palmes Académiques. In 2016, he was a mentor in the WFNS Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.
 
Norma Jean MacPhee is a creative and enthusiastic journalist with over a decade of experience in print, radio, TV and website writing, together with a considerable array of community volunteer and international experience. Her widespread research and interview expertise is backed by an open mind, strong communication and a genuine interest in people, their stories and the health of  communities. Also a fiction writer, her short story, “Silence the Soundtrack” was published in the anthology Thirteen Ways from Sunday.

REGISTRATION

Please note that we are not able to take credit card registrations over the phone. You can pay via the link below (using PayPal, no account required.) Or, you can mail a cheque to: WFNS, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7 . If you mail a cheque, please be sure to indicate which session you are registering for, and include your email address so we can email you to gather questions that the presenters will address. 

Location: 
New Dawn Centre, 37 Nepean St, Sydney, NS.
Price: 
25.00 CAD
Member Price: 
15.00 CAD
Date: 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Writing from Nature with Harry Thurston


WHEN: Wednesday, May 10th. 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Hour and a half for lunch, not supplied.)

WHERE: Sobey's Community Room, 76 Starrs Road, Yarmouth, NS.

FOR: People interested in improving their writing. 

COST: $60 for members, $90 for non-members. 

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work,” wrote American poet Mary Oliver, echoing Henry David Thoreau’s words: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Poet and nature writer Harry Thurston will conduct a workshop designed to sharpen observational skills, the foundation of all good writing. Practical exercises will include the writing of a prose poem–a hybrid and highly flexible form–taking a natural object as subject. 

Harry Thurston is the author of 25 books of poetry and natural history. His “eco-autobiography” A Place Between The Tides, A Naturalist’s Reflections on the Salt Marsh (2003) was a finalist for the inaugural British Columbia National  Award for Canadian Nonfiction and winner of the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award in the United States. His poetry collection, Keeping Watch at the End of the World (Gaspereau Press), has been shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit Award, and recently he launched Icarus, Falling of Birds (Anchorage Press), a long eco-poem with photography by Thaddeus Holownia.

REGISTRATION

Please note that we are not able to take credit card registrations over the phone. You can pay via the link below (using PayPal, no account required. Members, log in to your account to access the discount before checking out.) Or, you can mail a cheque to: WFNS, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7. If you mail a cheque, please be sure to indicate which workshop you are registering for, and include your phone number and email address. If you are mailing a cheque within two weeks of the course start date, please email us to let us know the cheque is on the way. 

Location: 
Sobey's Community Room, 76 Starrs Road, Yarmouth, NS.
Price: 
90.00 CAD
Member Price: 
60.00 CAD
Date: 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 -
10:00am to 3:30pm

So You Want to Be Published - Yarmouth

WHAT: So You Want to Be Published  - a Professional Development Session.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 2016. 6:30-8:30 PM.

WHERE: Yarmouth County Museum, 22 Collins St, Yarmouth, NS.

COST: $15/Members, $25/Non-Members 

Working on an essay, novel, magazine article or history book, but not sure how to get it published when you're done?  Hesitating to share your ideas because you think the process is more complicated than you're ready for? Then this professional development session is for you. Learn from A J  B Johnston and Sarah Sawler as they share everything  they know about the publishing process - from non-fiction and magazine articles to short stories and novels. 

Sarah and John will talk transparently about the entire process, sharing practical, usable advice on a wide range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • writing an eye-catching query letter
  • finding the right market for your work
  • working effectively with editors
  • building your brand as a writer
  • meeting tough deadlines 

As a participants, you're encouraged to submit any questions you have in advance, so Sarah and John can answer as many specific questions as they can and tailor the presentation to the interests of the various regions. The first 45 minutes will feature presentations by John and Sarah about the writing and publishing process; the rest of the session will be a Q&A.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
 
A J B (John) Johnston works in three disciplines: history, fiction and museum exhibits. He enjoyed a long career as a historian with Parks Canada and now works independently. He is the author or co-author of fourteen books of history and three novels — with more to come. For his body of work on the French Colonial era in Atlantic Canada, France made him a chevalier of its Ordre des Palmes Académiques. In 2016, he was a mentor in the WFNS Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.
 
Sarah Sawler is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as Halifax Magazine, Quill & Quire, Atlantic Business Magazine, and ParentsCanada. Her first non-fiction book, 100 Things You Don't Know About Nova Scotia, was published by Nimbus Publishing in April 2016, and she's currently working on her second, 100 Things You Don't Know About Atlantic Canada--for Kids! 
 
In early 2016, Sarah completed Humber College's Creative Writing Correspondence Course under the mentorship of young adult and middle grade author Richard Scrimger. Her first published short story appeared on Spelk.com in October 2016.
 
Location: 
Yarmouth County Museum, 22 Collins St, Yarmouth, NS.
Price: 
25.00 CAD
Member Price: 
15.00 CAD
Date: 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm