Promptly: The Workshop (virtual)

Looking for inspiration to kickstart your writing? You needn’t look any further than Promptly: a miscellany of writing tips and tales by 24 Nova Scotian authors, published by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and designed & printed by Gaspereau Press.

But if you do want to look a bit further, consider Promptly: the workshop! This workshop features a different Promptly contributor each week—an experienced writer who will share their writing prompt; talk about how, when, and why they’ve used it; and invite participants to give it a whirl. Prepare to have fun, write, and share your work.

About the instructors:

  • Nov 23: Annick MacAskill is the author of No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018) and Murmurations (Gaspereau Press, 2020). Her third full-length collection will be published by Gaspereau Press in the spring of 2022. As a child, her favourite story was the myth about the apples of love and the apple of discord.
  • Nov 30: Stephanie Domet is the author of two novels and a middle-grade book of non-fiction. She has worked as a mall mascot and in a balloon factory, and vastly prefers writing books to any other job.
  • Dec 7: Anne Simpson has written three novels, five books of poetry and two books of essays. Her recent books are the novel Speechless and Experiments in Distant Influence: Notes and Poems. Much to her surprise, she once won the hula hoop contest at the Plaza Hotel in Kingston, Ont.
  • Dec 14: David Huebert is the author of four books, including Peninsula Sinking (2017), Humanimus (2020), and Chemical Valley (2021). He mostly types with his index fingers, and plans to take up cigarette smoking at eighty.

Recommended experience level: New writers and seasoned scribes alike

Location: Zoom

Dates of 4-week workshop: Tuesdays, Nov 23 + Nov 30 + Dec 7 + Dec 14 (7:00pm to 8:00pm Atlantic)

Registration fee + a copy of Promptly (shipping included): $120

Registration fee only: $100

Proceeds from Promptly: the workshop—like those from Promptly the book—will support the endowment for the Elizabeth Venart Prize, which recognizes the unique barriers to literary creation faced by women and other marginalized genders and supports these writers as they advance works-in-progress.

The inaugural Venart Prize will be awarded in late fall of 2021.

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