Writing Rumble

Variously incarnated over the years, the annual WFNS fundraising event is now the Writing Rumble, featuring two competing teams of Nova Scotia authors. Each team “chain-writes” a short story during an open-to-the-public writing marathon, with one team member writing up to 350 words in their allotted 45 minutes before passing on the keyboard to their next team member.

In the weeks leading up to the Writing Rumble, authors seek sponsorships for their participation. Cumulative sponsor rewards are unlocked with donations of

On the day of the Writing Rumble itself, during which teams write in a public location, on-site donations enable spectators to assign mandatory writing prompts to the team they support—or they team they oppose!

The Writing Rumble concludes with a reading of both stories, the winning story determined by applause of those present.

On March 21, two teams of Nova Scotia authors competed to “chain-write” two short stories, each author writing up to 350 words before passing on the keyboard.

Plot Thickeners vs Agents of Chaos
Donna Alward vs Brittni Brinn (2pm)
Lindsey Harrington vs Sonja Boon (2:45pm)
Sal Sawler vs David Huebert (3:30pm)
Philip Moscovitch vs Carol Bruneau (4:15pm)
Philip + Danielle vs Stephanie Domet (5pm)
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail vs Becca Babcock (5:45pm)

Hosted at Propeller Brewing Co. (2015 Gottingen St., Halifax), the event included both the public writing rumble (2:00pm to 6:30pm) and a public reading of the competing stories (6:45pm). The event was free to attend, with both pre-event sponsorships and on-site donations accepted.

On February 28, two teams of Nova Scotia authors competed to “chain-write” two short stories, each author writing up to 300 words before passing on the keyboard:

Coming of Rage vs The Draft Dodgers
Richard Levangie vs Stephens Gerard Malone (2:30pm)
Nicola Davison vs K. R. Byggdin (3:15pm)
Melanie Mosher vs Michelle Wamboldt (4pm)
Andre Fenton vs Amy Spurway (4:45pm)
Natalie Corbett vs Ronan O’Driscoll (5:30pm)
Chad Lucas vs Jane Doucet (6:15pm)

Held at Propeller Brewing Co. (2015 Gottingen St., Halifax), the event included both the public writing rumble (2:30pm to 7pm) and the reading of the competing stories (7:30pm).

Photos by Nicola Davison of Snickerdoodle Photography

Because pandemic gathering restrictions made staging a 2022 Writing Rumble inadvisable, WFNS ran a donor campaign called “Gift Giv’er.”

From February to June, everyone who donated $20 or more to WFNS was entered to win one of eleven amazing prizes totaling $2,000 in value, including local visual and textile art, limited edition books, book bundles, professional services, and a top-of-the-line office chair. A new prize was revealed each week from February 10 to April 21.

On February 25, two teams of 6 Nova Scotia authors competed to “chain-write” two short stories, each author writing up to 400 words before passing on the keyboard:

Exclamation Pints! vs Dirty Punchuators
Lorri Neilsen Glenn vs David Huebert (12pm – 1pm)
Rebecca Babcock vs Stephanie Domet (1pm – 2pm)
Jenni Blackmore vs Anna Quon (2pm – 3pm)
Lexi Harrington vs Bill Turpin (3pm – 4pm)
Joanne Gallant vs Sal Sawler (4pm – 5pm)
Whitney Moran vs Ian Colford (5pm – 6pm)

Held at Propeller Brewing Co. (2015 Gottingen St., Halifax), the event included both the public writing rumble (12pm to 6pm) and the reading of the competing stories (7pm).

Sketches of the event were created by Sue MacLeod

On February 19, twelve authors wrote in 1-hour shifts from 8am to 8pm, with each author producing about 200 words before passing the keyboard:

  • Chris Benjamin (8am – 9am)
  • Sean Bedell (9am – 10am)
  • Stephen Kimber (10am – 11am)
  • Lesley Crewe (11am – 12pm)
  • Sarah Mian (12pm – 1pm)
  • Carol Bruneau (1pm – 2pm)
  • Kate Inglis (2pm – 3pm)
  • Alison DeLory (3pm – 4pm)
  • James Leck (4pm – 5pm)
  • Janet Barkhouse (5pm – 6pm)
  • Cooper Lee Bombardier (6pm – 7pm)
  • Jon Tattrie (7pm – 8pm)

At the end of the writing marathon, author Pauline Dakin hosted an unveiling of the shared story, during which each author read the section they had written. Held in The Wardroom at the University of King’s College, both the public writing marathon and the story reading were free to attend.

Partner

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is grateful to Propeller Brewing Co. for their partnership in hosting our 2020, 2023, and 2024 Writing Rumble events.

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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