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Expression of Interest
extended deadline: July 12, 2021

As part of our ongoing commitment to provide inclusive programming opportunities for our members of our Writers’ Council, WFNS invites expressions of interest for the opportunities listed below.

We appreciate all expressions of interest received, but as there are limited opportunities available we regret that not all interested Writers’ Council members will be able to participate during the 2021/2022 program year. We also reserve the right to “go off-list,” should specific circumstances warrant, and contact members who may not have submitted to this open call. However, we will work to ensure that annual opportunities are shared as equitably as possible year to year among as many members as possible.

Please note: the required periods of availability differ for each role in our 2021/2022 programs. We ask that you check your availability before expressing interest.

INSTRUCTOR

INSTRUCTOR: Creative Writing Day Camps (formerly “The Art of Writing”) (expressions of interest should be submitted ASAP)
Required availability: July/August, 2021
Remuneration: $100 per hour of instruction

  • NSCAD Art of Writing Camp for Children (ages 9 to 12) at NSCAD Waterfront Campus: Potential instructors should pitch 3-hour topics including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, genre fiction, and more.
  • NSCAD Art of Writing Camp for Youth (ages 13+) at NSCAD Waterfront Campus: Potential instructors should pitch 3-hour topics that go beyond the basics of writing, delving into intermediate instruction. (E.g., a fiction workshop focused on character and voice.)
  • MacPhee Centre Summer Camp for Teens (ages 13+) at MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning: Potential instructors should pitch 3-hour topics that provide teens with writing insights beyond the basics of fiction/non-fiction/poetry—including explorations of the different ways writing appears in our lives (e.g., food writing, journalism, memoir), topics not likely covered in school, and advanced writing concepts (e.g., how word choice can determine how your characters are read).
  • NSCAD Newspaper Camp (ages 9 to 12) at NSCAD Waterfront Campus: Potential instructors will require journalism backgrounds. Two selected instructors will collaborate on a week-long instruction plan (instructing all five days from 9:00am to 12:00pm) toward the creation of a newspaper (or at least a front page). Continuity from day-to-day will be key, and children should be given assignments to do at home.

INSTRUCTOR: Creative writing workshop
Required availability: fall, winter, and/or spring
Remuneration: $100 per hour of instruction
Details: Writers with some instructional, mentoring, or group leadership experience to lead workshops of various genres & forms, formats, and participant experience. Workshops should be from two to five 2-hour sessions in length. While we will consider all workshop proposals, our membership has expressed particular interest in the following genres & topics:

  • Fiction: historical writing; speculative/fantasy fiction; genre crossover; speculative/fantasy for YA; crafting dialogue; using humour; creating suspense; POV (an intensive, multiweek workshop); worldbuilding and story plotting (including story-writing software)
  • Nonfiction: true crime; writing disability/illness
  • Performance: oral delivery of written work (preambles, connecting with audience); oral storytelling; spoken word
  • Poetry: prose poetry; autobiographical poetry

INSTRUCTOR: Professional development session
Required availability: fall, winter, and/or spring
Remuneration: $100 per hour of instruction
Details: Writers or content-specific professionals to lead professional development sessions covering the business, logistics, technical skills, and career decisions involved in writing. While we will consider all session proposals, our membership has expressed particular interest in the following genres & topics:

  • Multi-week self-promotion intensive
  • Multi-week synopsis / query letter intensive
  • Multi-week exploration of creative community-building (peer feedback; writing groups; writer-illustrator relationships; becoming a small publisher; collaborative writing)
JUROR

JUROR: Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program & Elizabeth Venart Prize
Required availability: November, 2021
Remuneration: $250 + per application rate (TBD)
Details: Peer assessment jurors to (1) determine successful apprentice writer applications and recommend potential mentors for successful applicants for the 2022 Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program and (2) determine recipient(s) of the 2022 Elizabeth Venart Prize. The three-person mentorship jury will be finalized based on the composition, in terms of form and genre, of the applications & submissions received to both programs. Potential jurors must be writers with professional publications in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, including genre fiction and specific forms of fiction and non-fiction, depending on the project applications received.

JUROR: Atlantic Book Awards
Required availability: February, 2022
Remuneration: $250 + $5 per book assessed
Details: Peer assessment readers and judges to determine the 2022 shortlists and winners of the five Atlantic Book Awards administered by WFNS: Ann Connor Brimer Award, Evelyn Richardson Nonfiction Award, J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award, Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award, and Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Jurors must have professional publications in the genre of award for which they read or judge. Jurors may serve on only one award jury per year.

JUROR: Poetry in Motion (expressions of interest should be submitted ASAP)
Required availability: July, 2021
Remuneration: $250
Details: Peer assessment jurors to determine the poems included in the 2021 Poetry in Motion program. Potential jurors must be writers with professional publications in poetry.

MENTOR

MENTOR: Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program
Required availability: early December, 2021 + January to May, 2022
(Specific mandatory meetings/events: Dec. 2, 2021; Feb 24, 2022; April 28, 2022; June 1, 2022)
Remuneration: $2500
Details: Mentors provide intensive one-one-support to apprentice writers as they work on a manuscript on the cusp of professional publication. Mentors must be writers with professional publications in fiction (including specific sub-genres), nonfiction (including specific sub-genres), or poetry. Selection of mentors (from among those expressing interest) will be determined by the form and genre of successful applications, peer assessment juror recommendations, and staff’s coordination of logistics with potential mentors.

Expressions of Interest Form

If you'd like us to consult your WFNS Writers' Council profile for your publication history, you may enter "Writers' Council profile" above.
With each selection, questions relevant to that opportunity will appear below. (You may deselect an opportunity to remove the associated questions.)
Please note: the required periods of availability differ for each role in our 2021/2022 programs. We ask that you check your availability before expressing interest.
- Instructor: Creative Writing Day Camps (formerly "The Art of Writing") (July/August, 2021)
- Instructor: Creative writing workshop (fall, winter, and/or spring)
- Instructor: Professional development session (fall, winter, and/or spring)
- Juror: Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program & Elizabeth Venart Prize (November, 2021)
- Juror: Atlantic Book Awards (February, 2022)
- Juror: Poetry in Motion (July, 2021)
- Mentor: Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program (early December, 2021; January to spring, 2022)
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