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.

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.


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. 

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