Getting Out of Your Own Way So You Just Can Write - An Online Workshop with Stephanie Domet

When: Thursdays, 7 pm to 9 pm. Four sessions: February 2nd - 23rd, 2017. 

Where: Online. All participants must have access to a computer with a web camera and a microphone. Please note that all participants are responsible for ensuring they can access the online session. Although instructions will be given on how to access the session, technical support will not be provided by either the WFNS office or the instructor. We suggest conducting test sessions prior to the workshop start date to ensure adequate audio and video quality. The WFNS is not responsible if individual participants are unable to access the session due to computer issues. All participants must be residents of Nova Scotia. 

For: Fiction writers who have made some headway but may not have completed a project.

Cost: $120 Members/$180 Non-Members  

In this four-week course, geared to fiction writers, novelist Stephanie Domet will lead participants through writing exercises, guided visualizations, and other techniques to help stuck writers get un-stuck. A natural-born procrastinator who spent fifteen years as a journalist with constant deadlines, Domet is an expert in when it’s time to fight your essential nature, and when it’s time to let it rule the day—and how to tell the difference. It’s not necessary to have a project in progress to take this workshop—you’ll surely have one on the go by the time it’s done.

Stephanie Domet is the author of two books, Homing and Fallsy Downsies, both published by Invisible. She lives in Halifax where she is forever trying to perfect homemade ravioli, and Sweet Caroline on the piano.

***Members, you must log on to your account in order to access the discounted rate. Please note that you must renew your membership for 2017 in order to take this workshop at the member rate. If you do not renew for 2017, you will be asked to pay the non-member rate. 

180.00 CAD
Member Price: 
120.00 CAD
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

So You Want To Write Science Fiction

WHAT: So You Want To Write Science Fiction

WHEN: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 2016. 6:30-8:30 PM.

WHERE: WFNS Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax.

COST: $15/Members, $25/Non-Members 

Have you ever wanted to know more about science fiction? Are you a fan who hasn't yet picked up a pencil, or a writer in another genre who has always been curious about SF? Join Jason Haslam and Julian Mortimer Smith to learn the ins and outs of this popular, far-reaching genre with a long and varied history.

Julian will provide practical advice on how to write and publish science fiction stories. He will focus on the craft and process of writing sci-fi and give an overview of some of the conventions of the genre. He'll also provide tips on getting published and introduce the major magazines (and other markets) that specialize in science fiction.  Jason will discuss some of the history of science fiction, as well as address some of the critical definitions of the genre – what makes science fiction “science fiction” – and explain some of the more common forms it takes.  He’ll also address the relationship between science fiction and other genre fictions (for example, fantasy, the gothic, or weird fiction).


Julian Mortimer Smith has published more than a dozen stories in some of the world's top speculative fiction magazines, including Asimov's, Terraform, Daily Science Fiction, and AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review. One of his stories ("Headshot") was included in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016. He has also worked as a freelance writer and editor for clients ranging from a romance publisher to a major board game company. You can find out more about his work at his website,

Jason Haslam is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University, where he teaches courses on science fiction, utopias, and popular culture, among other topics.  He is the author or editor of several books, including the study Gender, Race, and American Science Fiction (Routledge, 2015), the textbook Thinking Popular Culture (Pearson, 2015), and the essay collection American Gothic Cultures (University of Edinburgh Press, 2016).  You can see more at his website,

 *** Members, please note that you must renew your membership for 2017 in order to access the member rate. If you do not renew for 2017, you will be asked to pay the non-member rate. 

WFNS Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax.
25.00 CAD
Member Price: 
15.00 CAD
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Building the Screenplay Behind the Movie

WHEN: Saturday, April 8th, 2017. 10 AM - 5 PM with one hour for lunch (not supplied. We recommend you pack a lunch.) 

WHERE: Mahone Bay Centre, small conference room. 45 School Street, Mahone Bay, NS. 

FOR: People interested in screenwriting. 

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

It’s called a “motion picture” because it’s primarily a visual medium, and yet every movie begins on paper with the written word. During this one-day workshop, screenwriter Josh MacDonald will reveal the mechanics of the modern screenplay, and illustrate how this “blueprint document” can lead to the creation of powerful pop art. How is a screenplay formatted, so that its pages approximate a minute of the big-screen experience? How might “character” be written in a visual manner, so it’s apparent even with the sound turned off? Using page-to-screen comparisons, MacDonald will answer these questions and more, inspiring participants toward the crafting of their own future Academy Award winners.

Josh MacDonald is the screenwriter of the feature films The Corridor and Faith, Fraud and Minimum Wage, distributed by IFC Films and eOne Entertainment, respectively. His stage plays Halo and Whereverville have been produced around North America, and are published by Talonbooks.

Mahone Bay Centre, 45 School Street, Mahone Bay, NS.
135.00 CAD
Member Price: 
90.00 CAD
Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
10:00am to 5:00pm