Celebration of Emerging Writers
The Celebration of Emerging Writers is an annual reading series that typically showcases graduates of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program (who are announced the previous December) and winners of the Nova Writes Competition for Unpublished Manuscripts (who are announced at the event).
The Mentorship Program and Nova Writes support the development of Nova Scotia’s emerging writers by providing them with feedback from established writers. While both programs introduce new writers to professional authors, the Celebration of Emerging Writers introduces these new writers to the public. It provides them with a chance to be heard and gives the public an opportunity to engage with them, recognize their achievements, and celebrate the programs that grow our writing community.
May 30, 2022, 7pm
Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program
20th Anniversary Celebration
Join us at Paul O’Regan Hall (Halifax Central Library) for remarks and remembrances from past participants of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program and readings by apprentice writers in this year’s cohort, including Claudette Bouman (mentored by Cooper Lee Bombardier), Susan LeBlanc (mentored by Becca Babcock), Mary Feehan (mentored by Chris Benjamin), and Nayani Jensen (mentored by Jo Treggiari).
A book table and cake will be provided. We ask that attendees wear their masks.
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Featured Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program graduates: Robert de la Chevotiere (fiction), Justyne Leslie (poetry), Lori McKay (YA fiction), Martha Mutale (poetry), Danica Roache (fiction), and Nicolas Paquette (YA fiction).
Featured Nova Writes winners: Kate Burnham (nonfiction), Lindsey Harrington (poetry), Bob Mann (fiction), and Heidi Tattrie Rushton (children’s writing).
In 2020, with pandemic conditions prohibiting the annual Celebration of Emerging Writers, we celebrated the graduates of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program by sharing their work with you in video form, illustrated and animated by Nova Scotia visual artists.
Featured Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program graduates: Angela Bowden (poetry), Katie Cameron (poetry), Brad Donaldson (fiction), Joanne Gallant (memoir), Sandra Murdock (memoir), Sue Murtagh (fiction), and Bev Shaw (fiction).
Featured visual artists: Catherine Bussiere, Belle DeMont, Paton Francis, Doretta Groenedyk, Patrick McWade, Anna Quon, and Marijke Simons.
Featured Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program graduates: Sean Bedell (fiction), K.R. Byggdin (fiction), Judy Kaiser (fiction), and Vanessa Lent (fiction).
Featured Nova Writes winners: Susan Drain (fiction), Karen Kelloway (children’s literature), Rosalie Osmond (poetry), and Ariel Watson (non-fiction).
Featured Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program graduates: Bretten Hannam (fiction), Bethany Lake (fiction), Laura Redman (fiction), and Allison Richard (fiction).
Featured Nova Writes winners: J Lorraine Campbell (poetry), Mary Verna Feehan (fiction), Margaret MacQuarrie (non-fiction), Susan Walsh (fiction), and Muriel Zimmer (non-fiction).
Featured Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program graduates: Louise Cameron (fiction), Caira Clark (poetry), and Amanda Peters (fiction).
Featured Nova Writes winners: Melissa Friedman (non-fiction), Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy (fiction), Amanda Peters (fiction), Jana Traff (poetry), and Laureen Van Lierop (children’s literature).
Featured Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program graduates: Nicola Davison (fiction), Erin Beth Langille (fiction), Chad Lucas (young adult fiction), Linda McLean (fiction), and Lindsay Wilson (fiction).
Featured Atlantic Writing Competition winners: Abena Amoako-Tuffour (poetry), Anne Bishop (fiction), Jenni Blackmore (young adult fiction), Linda McLean (non-fiction), Sue Murtagh (fiction), and Mary Pike (children’s literature).
The Celebration of Emerging Writers began in 2016. This year featured winners of the Nova Writes predecessor program, the Atlantic Writing Competition. Prior to 2016, Mentorship Program graduates read at the WFNS Annual General Meeting, while Atlantic Writing Competition winners read at the Word on the Street literary festival. Prior to 2011, Atlantic Writing Competition winners read at the WFNS Gala Celebration of Writers and Writing.