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.


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. 

Sobey's Community Room, 76 Starrs Road, Yarmouth, NS.
90.00 CAD
Member Price: 
60.00 CAD
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.

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.
Yarmouth County Museum, 22 Collins St, Yarmouth, NS.
25.00 CAD
Member Price: 
15.00 CAD
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm