Writing Relay

The Writing Relay is an annual WFNS fundraising event for which Nova Scotia authors create a shared short story through a public writing marathon.

In the weeks leading up to the relay event, authors seek sponsorships for their participation. Sponsors earn a chance to win a prize pack of books by Nova Scotia writers, with rewards unlocked with donations of $15 (a digital copy of the final story), $50 (a chance to have a character in the story named after you), and $75 (a printed copy of the story signed by one of its authors).

Past Events

Gift Giv'er (2022)

As gathering restrictions made staging a 2022 Writing Relay or Writing Rumble difficult, 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.

Prize winners were revealed at WFNS’s Annual General Meeting on June 20.

Writing Rumble! (2020)

Sketches of the event were created by Susan MacLeod.

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

Team Exclamation Pints!

  • Lorri Neilsen Glenn (12pm – 1pm)
  • Rebecca Babcock (1pm – 2pm)
  • Jenni Blackmore (2pm – 3pm)
  • Lexi Harrington (3pm – 4pm)
  • Joanne Gallant (4pm – 5pm)
  • Whitney Moran (5pm – 6pm)

Team Dirty Punchuators

  • David Huebert (12pm – 1pm)
  • Stephanie Domet (1pm – 2pm)
  • Anna Quon (2pm – 3pm)
  • Bill Turpin (3pm – 4pm)
  • Sal Sawler (4pm – 5pm)
  • Ian Colford (5pm – 6pm)

Held at Propeller Brewing Co. (Gottingen Street, Halifax), both the public writing rumble (12pm to 6pm) and the reading of the competing stories (7pm) were free to attend.

12 in 12 Writing Relay (2019)

On February 19, the following 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.


The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is grateful to Propeller Brewing Co. for their partnership in hosting our 2020 Writing Rumble event.

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