Virtual Launch Support

Request support for the virtual launch of a new book or literary project (a new chapbook, periodical issue, or other literary project) by filling out the form below. We will contact you by email regarding your request as soon as possible. If you have not heard from us within one week, please follow up with Andy at

Virtual launch support is available only to WFNS general members in good standing.

Event dates are subject to availability, and requests for support must be submitted at least one month in advance of preferred event date.

If the WFNS programming schedule can accommodate your virtual launch, we will schedule a Zoom meeting for your event and provide the following support:

  • creation of an event page on;
  • administration of attendee registration;
  • technical supervision during the event by a WFNS staff member;
  • additional technical and event support as requested in section 4 (“Logistical Details”) of the form below;
  • and limited promotional support through our weekly member newsletter, Subtext. (Please note that primary promotion for your event will remain your and your publisher’s responsibility.)

Please submit your request only once. When your request is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation message in this browser window and a confirmation email will be sent to the member email address entered below.

1. Member details

Your email address is for internal use only and will not be made publicly available.

2. Commitment to inclusivity

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer inclusive spaces (whether physical or virtual) where all feel welcome.

To this end, we ask that participants (1) refrain from using racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS events and (2) refrain from describing, without appropriate content warning, violence or trauma that may be triggering or distressing for younger attendees and attendees who have experienced similar violence or trauma.

If participants use discriminatory language or refuse to provide content warnings before describing violence or trauma, those participants may be removed from the virtual event or WFNS support may be immediately withdrawn.

3. Event details

All details entered in this section will be publicly available as part of the virtual event listing created by WFNS.
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 3 files.
2MB maximum (in JPEG, JPG, PNG, or PDF format). You can resize images easily and for free at
We prefer links to publisher/press/periodical websites, author websites, or independent bookstores (in that order).
Please write in the third person (i.e., using he, she, they, or another third-person pronoun in reference to each author/performer). You may include links to author websites.
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 10 files.
2MB maximum each (in JPEG, JPG, PNG, or PDF format). You can resize images easily and for free at
Please list all funding bodies, organizations, or publishers/presses that are providing financial support for this event, including reading/performance fees.

4. Logistical details

Please enter time according to the Atlantic time zone. To encourage good turnout and ensure fit within our programming schedule, we recommend selecting a weekday evening — particularly if your event will occur in the summer. (E.g., Thursday at 8pm could accommodate Atlantic attendees who have a regular workday — and could allow readers living in the Eastern time zone to attend.)
Please be optimistic in your estimate, which determines whether we recommend
- a Zoom "meeting" (for which all attendees have access to audio & video; suitable for up to 25 attendees) or
- a Zoom "webinar" (for which only readers, performers, and other speakers have access to audio and video; suitable for more than 25 attendees).
Please note that any land acknowledgement should be made by an event participant rather than WFNS staff.
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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