Health workshop series

Listed below are all workshops in our special 2024 series of free mental & physical health workshops.

View all ongoing & upcoming workshops, including those with open waitlists, on our our main Workshops page.

Therapeutic Nonfiction: Journeying Through Grief (virtual)
with Lindsey Harrington

Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 (7:00pm to 8:30pm Atlantic)

Therapeutic writing has helped Lindsey Harrington in her darkest hours and on her hardest days, and she’s excited to discuss and practice it with you. Writing in this way can be transformative, helping you understand your struggles and find empathy for yourself and others. During this ninety-minute introductory workshop, you can expect to learn the pillars of therapeutic nonfiction writing and review samples. You will explore one potential framework and complete generative writing activities applying it. Core to the workshop will be discussing how to maintain psychological safety before, during, and after therapeutic writing.

Registration for this workshop is full

Grief Notes: Tending to the Weary Writer’s Heart (virtual)
with Christy Ann Conlin — March edition

Thursday, Mar 14, 2024 (7:00pm to 8:30pm Atlantic)

Join Christy Ann Conlin (grief educator, death doula, and writer) in this contemplative grief literacy salon, which offers writers a guided occasion to tend to their own grief and wellbeing. We will explore different types of grief and honour individual loss and grieving in the context of our chaotic, grief-denying society. This experience aims to help build emotional sovereignty and agency while offering supportive tools for a sustainable writing practice during your navigation of loss. We will work with simple creative techniques, writing explorations, and every day rituals that can provide insight, solace, and comfort.

Registration for this workshop is full

When Archives Break Your Heart (virtual)
with Sonja Boon

Thursday, Mar 21, 2024 (7:00pm to 8:30pm Atlantic)

Archival research is inherently emotional work. But these emotional responses often come as a surprise. Those who undertake archival research—for historical fiction, family histories, memoir, creative non-fiction, or poetry—are not always prepared to deal with the messiness, rawness, or intensity of their emotional responses. In this session, we’ll talk about the how, when, where, and why of archives and emotions, look at how a range of writers have tackled archival emotions, and engage in some activities that writers (and researchers) can use to work through and with the emotional challenges of archival research.

Registration for this workshop is full

Take Time for You: Self-Care Tips for Writers (virtual)
with Janice Landry & Jane Doucet

Thursday, Mar 28, 2024 (7:00pm to 8:30pm Atlantic)
Free registration


Do you like to hibernate during winter and spend long hours in front of a keyboard? Do you make time for enough daily movement to help jump start your work-in-progress? In this session, authors and journalists, Jane Doucet and Janice Landry, will make the connection between moving more and taking breaks away from screen timeboth of which will ultimately help you have a better work-life balance and enjoy your creativity and writing more fully. This 90-minute, virtual session is free for all and will conclude with an audience Q&A.

Completed Workshops

Grief Notes: Tending to the Weary Writer’s Heart (virtual)
with Christy Ann Conlin & Sal Sawler — February edition

Thursday, Feb 15, 2024 (7:00pm to 8:30pm Atlantic)

Join Christy Ann Conlin (grief educator, death doula, and writer) in conversation and exploration with Sal Sawler (writer and publishing professional) in this contemplative grief literacy salon, which offers writers a guided occasion to tend to their own grief and wellbeing. We will explore different types of grief and honour individual loss and grieving in the context of our chaotic, grief-denying society. This experience aims to help build emotional sovereignty and agency while offering supportive tools for a sustainable writing practice during your navigation of loss. We will work with simple creative techniques, writing explorations, and every day rituals that can provide insight, solace, and comfort.

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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 that 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 with no professional publications (yet!) or a few short professional publications (i.e., poems, stories, or essays in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with numerous professional publications and/or one book-length publication.
  • Established writers/authors: those with two book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short publications.
  • Professional authors: those with more than two book-length publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for 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 communications@writers.ns.ca