Poetry in Motion 2022

Our 2022 Poetry in Motion program is flowing right along!

This year’s jury met on July 25 to review nearly 100 submissions and select just 10 for installation in Halifax Transit ad spaces and for printing on special-edition postcards, which will be delivered to Meals on Wheels recipients in the Halifax area and will also be available for purchase by the general public. Jurors included two past Poetry in Motion participants, Jaime Forsythe and Christina McRae, as well as WFNS’s Program Manager (Membership Services), Andy Verboom.

The theme for this year was “water,” and the jury appreciated the wide range of approaches to water that Nova Scotia’s poets explored.

Many thanks to everyone who submitted and to our partners for Poetry in Motion—Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, and Halifax Public Libraries—and congratulations to the writers whose poems were selected!

  • “June Rain, 1 AM” by Annick MacAskill
  • “Message in a bottle” by Briony Merritt
  • “From Water” by Dian Day
  • “Lochaber, Evening, Summer Solstice” by Douglas Burnet Smith
  • “Promise” by Margo Wheaton
  • “Some things don’t have endings” by Michael Goodfellow
  • “misstep” by Nayani Jensen
  • “Tattoo” by Rose Adams
  • “Kepe’kek / At The Narrows” by Shannon Webb-Campbell
  • “Grey Heron Over Water” by Tammy Armstrong
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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that participants in any given workshop have similar levels of creative writing and / or publication experience. This ensures that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their career stage. The “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions used by WFNS.

  • New writers: those with less than two years’ creative writing experience and/or no short-form publications (e.g., short stories, personal essays, or poems in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with more than two years’ creative writing experience and/or numerous short-form publications.
  • Early-career authors: those with 1 or 2 book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short-form publications.
  • Established authors: those with 3 or 4 book-length publications.
  • Professional authors: those with 5 or more book-length publications.

Please keep in mind that each form of creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults) provides you with a unique set of experiences and skills, so you might consider yourself an ‘established author’ in one form but a ‘new writer’ in another.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed closely.

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