Gift Giv’er donor campaign

For two years before the pandemic, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s signature fundraising event, the Writing Relay/Rumble—a fun writing competition with writers raising money through sponsorships—earned more than $10,000 in support of WFNS programming. That’s a lot of money for a nonprofit charity like us!

Alas, gathering restrictions make staging a 2022 Writing Rumble difficult—so instead we are announcing the fundraiser Gift Giv’er.

Gift Giv'er

Everyone who donates $20 or more to WFNS by Sunday, June 19, will be entered to win one of eleven amazing prizes! A new prize was revealed each week from February 10 to April 21. The value of prizes totals $2,000. See the prizes >>

Donations of any size are welcome and appreciated. Every $20 donated will get your name in the running once. (E.g., a $60 donation will get your name entered three times.) All donors of $10 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt for the full amount of their donation.

Donations will support Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia programming, including subsidized workshops for writers from marginalized communities (such as Creative Writing for Newcomers), literary awards (such as the Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award), and endowment-funded programs (such as the Elizabeth Venart Prize).

Donate by clicking on the button below or through the e-transfer, phone, or mail options outlined on our Donate page.

Prize draws will take place live during our Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 20, 2022. Prize winners will be responsible for claiming their prizes after the draw.


Prize 1:

Copy of the handmade, limited-edition book Lagomorph, signed by author Alexander MacLeod and Gaspereau Press's Andrew Steeves

Prize 2:
Soji Haworth office chair

Reliable, lumbar-supporting and writing-marathon-supporting chair (valued at $600) donated by Office Interiors

giv'er painting - Qwerty

Prize 3:

Original painting (acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16") by novelist and poet Anna Quon celebrating the "qwerty" keyboard layout

Gift Giv'er Davison headshots

Prize 4:
1-hour portrait session

Session with photographer and writer Nicola Davison, resulting in six retouched images suitable for book jacket, website, and social media

Prize 5:
Crystal Bowl

Collector's item (out of production since the closing of NovaScotian Crystal last year) donated by Carole MacDougall

Prize 6:
Donna Morrissey Bundle

Four novels and memoir Pluck (donated by Penguin Random House) + print donated by Sheila Morrison

Promptly-inspired book bundle

Prize 7:
Promptly-inspired bundle

Six books by Promptly contributors: The Speed of Mercy (Christy Ann Conlin), You Won't Always Be this Sad (Sheree Fitch), I Hope You're Listening (Tom Ryan), Pluck (Donna Morrissey), Murmurations (Annick MacAskill), Anthesis (Sue Goyette)

Collusion Books bundle

Prize 8:
Collusion Books bundle

Six newest chapbooks from Collusion Books, featuring collaborative poetry by 27 poets, including the Yoko’s Dogs collective (Jan Conn, Mary di Michele, Susan Gillis, and Griffin Poetry Prize-winner Jane Munro)

gift giv'er audiobook bundle unbound

Prize 9:
Unbound Bundle

Four audiobooks from the first season of Unbound ("Nova Scotia books read by Nova Scotian actors"): The Leaving (Budge Wilson), We Keep a Light (Evelyn Richardson), The Door of My Heart and Other Poems (Maxine Tynes), Lagomorph (Alexander MacLeod)

gift giver kids bundle

Prize 10:
Young Readers Bundle

Nine Atlantic-authored and -illustrated titles, including 3 picture books (by Riel Nason, Sydney Smith, & Heather Smith) and 6 middle-grade books (by Charis Cotter, Chad Lucas, Jill MacLean, Clare O'Connor, Sherry D. Ramsey, & Wade White)

gift giver quilt

Prize 11:
Star of Bethlehem Quilt

Hand-quilted by WFNS Executive Director Marilyn Smulders, this traditional design is known as the Star of Bethlehem, the Lone Star, or the Mathematical Star. The eight-pointed star motif (symbolic of the sun) is also important in Mi'kmaq culture. Suitable for hanging from a wall or cuddling under on the couch.

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
  • Emerging writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than five years and/or have some short publications (poems, stories, or essays) in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • Established writers/authors: those with numerous publications in magazines, journals, or anthologies and/or a full-length book publication.
  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer (that is, participant-to-participant) feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at