First Words: Fiction (with Sherry D. Ramsey, Julian Mortimer Smith, and Sarah Mian)

Jan 21 – Mar 18, 7 – 9pm >>

As a welcoming space for beginner or emerging writers, First Words: Fiction provides an overview of the craft from several professional perspectives. No prerequisites or pre-existing pieces of writing are necessary for participation in this course.


Sherry D. Ramsey is a speculative fiction author and editor best known for her Nearspace and Olympia Investigations series. She has published six novels and a variety of shorter fiction, both at home and further afield. Sherry lives in Cape Breton with her family and dogs, where she consumes far more coffee and chocolate than is likely good for her. 

Julian Mortimer Smith is a science fiction and fantasy writer based in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. His work has been published in Asimov’s, Terraform, Lightspeed, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, and other venues.

Sarah Mian’s debut novel When the Saints won the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. She lives in Queensland, Nova Scotia.

Location: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (online with Zoom)

Dates of 9-week workshop:
with Sherry D. Ramsey: Thursdays, Jan. 21 + Jan. 28 + Feb. 4 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
with Julian Mortimer SmithThursdays, Feb. 11 + Feb. 18 + Feb. 25 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
with Sarah MianThursdays, Mar. 4 + Mar. 11 + Mar. 18 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

Registration for this workshop is closed.

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