The submission theme “water” was open to broad interpretation, including fresh or salt water, water protection, water as livelihood or life, the element or natural force of water, fluidity or adaptability, erosion or sedimentation, or other meanings, qualities, or impacts of water.

Selected poets: Rose Adams, Tammy Armstrong, Douglas Burnet Smith, Dian Day, Michael Goodfellow, Nayani Jensen, Annick MacAskill, Briony Merritt, Shannon Webb-Campbell, and Margo Wheaton.

Jury: Andy Verboom (WFNS Program Manager), Jaime Forsythe, and Christina McRae.

Poetry in Motion Celebration

Poetry in Motion (4)

The 2019 Poetry in Motion Celebration was held virtually on November 16, 2021, and featured readings by all ten poets participating in the year’s program: Deborah Banks, Brian Bartlett, Joanne Bealy, Susan Drain, Anna Elmira, Carole Glasser Langille, Christina McRae, Robin Metcalfe, Martha Mutale, and Leanne Schneider.

View the Installations

The 10 chosen poems will appear inside Metro Transit buses from October, 2022, into spring of 2023. They will also be printed on postcards, which will be delivered to Meals on Wheels clients in the Halifax area—one poem per week over 10 weeks—and available for purchase through our online shop. Poem ads and postcards were designed and illustrated by Sarah MacDonald.

Click on a poem below to view a larger version. 

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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 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 who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
  • Emerging writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than five years and/or have some short publications (poems, stories, or essays) in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • Established writers/authors: those with numerous publications in magazines, journals, or anthologies and/or a full-length book publication.
  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer (that is, 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