An Intro to Publishing in Lit Journals with Annick MacAskill

Nov 23, 7 – 9pm >>

Ready to start publishing in literary journals? Not sure why you haven’t had success with your submissions lately? Or maybe you just want a refresher on publishing in online and print literary magazines? Join writer Annick MacAskill for a two-hour workshop and discussion on the fundamentals of publishing in literary journals. Intended for writers at all stages of their careers, this workshop will address the different kinds of literary journals, cover letters, contests, tracking submissions, and dealing with rejection. The session will also include tips for writers looking to better their chances with submissions.


Annick MacAskill’s poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and reviews have appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada and abroad. She is the author of two books of poetry, No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018), which was selected as a finalist for the Gerald Lampert and J.M. Abraham book awards, and Murmurations (Gaspereau Press, 2020). She is also an editorial board member with Room Magazine and Insomniac Press.

Price: $30.00

Member Price: $20.00

Location: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (online with Zoom)

Date: Monday, November 23, 2020 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Book Promotion with Janice Landry

Nov 3, 7 – 9pm >> 

Janice Landry tackles a challenging author requirement, discussing all things book promotion: writing a media release, interview and message preparation, book launches, signings, and more. Creating your book was a mountain of work, but it’s also a massive effort to get your book out there. As writers, we are here to support one another. Questions are strongly encouraged from participants, especially any you may have regarding upcoming promotion of your own work/books.


Janice Landry is an award-winning writer and journalist who honours her late parents with her work. As the proud daughter of Halifax firefighter, Capt. Baz Landry, M.B., Landry advocates nationally in Canada for better support services, mental health and wellness education, and proactive resiliency training for Canada’s first responders and frontline workers, across professions, as well as their families and loved ones. Janice is a proud graduate of the University of King’s College, Halifax, (BJ Hons.’87). She grew up in Purcell’s Cove, Nova Scotia, which has had a lasting, positive impact on her creative life. She is happiest outside, in the woods or near the ocean. The latter is where she heads when she needs to unwind and to feel closest to her beloved parents.

Location: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (online with Zoom)

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Price: $30.00

Member Price: $20.00

Websites for Writers with Tim Covell

Oct 27, 7 – 9pm >> 

This session is for writers who are considering making or updating a website. We’ll discuss domain names, options for hosting, and site management tools, including the three different types of WordPress. Marketing (SEO, social media, online sales), technical issues (including security), and costs will be considered.


Tim Covell writes poetry, and short fiction and non-fiction. His romance novel Ocean’s Lure will be available this fall. He’s a technical writer for a software company, operates websites for two writing groups, has assisted several authors update their websites, and has led sessions on using WordPress at WordCamp and Halifax Public Library.

Price: $30.00

Member Price: $20.00

Location: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (online with Zoom)

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Writers’ Panel: YA Today

Oct 21, 7pm – 9pm >>

Join us for an evening of conversation about YA (young adult) literature with three of Nova Scotia’s best-seller YA authors: Jo Treggiari (Blood Will Out and The Grey Sisters), Andre Fenton (Worthy of Love and Annaka), and Tom Ryan (Keep This To Yourself and I Hope You’re Listening). Moderated by Kanaar Bell.

Location: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (via Zoom Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Price: free for members & non-members

Portraits for Authors

Oct 17, 9am – 5pm >>

All writers need a professional author headshot. Whether it is for social media, your author’s website, the Writers in the Schools brochure, or a book jacket — your image connects you with your audience. Nicola Davison of Snickerdoodle Photography will be leading this professional development session. A writer herself, Nicola will make you feel comfortable and provide you with portraits you’ll love.

Each session is 20 minutes long and includes three retouched portrait images. Once you sign up and pre-pay, the WFNS will be in touch to set up a specific appointment time and provide tips on preparing for your session.

In keeping everyone safe during this time, we require that everyone arrives wearing a mask and uses hand sanitizer on arrival. We will sanitize touched surfaces between appointments and practice social distancing. We are grateful to the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute for letting us use its bright, light-filled space.


     “Nicola put me 100% at ease, and the result was a series of photos that actually looked like me–but me at my best. She offered choices of black and white or colour, and made sure I had some smaller resolution photos for social media. She is 100% terrific!” — Janet Barkhouse
     “Nicola made me feel right at ease for my portrait session, and I was so happy with the resulting photos. I’d recommend her without question.” — Georgia Atkin 
     “Nicola was fantastic to work with. She created an upbeat, welcoming atmosphere during my shoot. Throughout the editing process she was very responsive to any questions and I received my final images in a very timely manner. I’m quite happy with the finished product, and would definitely work with her again!” — K.R. Bygddin

Location: Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute, 5450 Cornwallis Street, Halifax

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020 – 9:00am to 5:00pm

Price: $80

Member Price: $50

The Power of Poetry: Rita Joe

Oct 8, 7pm – 9pm >>

Join us as we celebrate the poetry of the late Rita Joe. Writers Shalan Joudry, Theresa Meuse, Tiffany Morris, Raymond Sewell, and Rebecca Thomas will read selections of Rita Joe’s work as well as their own. They will be joined by Rita Joe’s daughter, Ann Joe, and moderator Amanda Peters.

This event is co-presented by Halifax Public Libraries and The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Centre.

Location: WFNS (via Zoom Webinar)

Date: Thursday, October 8, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Price: free for members & non-members


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