Following is a list of upcoming events: readings, writing workshops and seminars, and so on. Unless specified otherwise, events happen in Nova Scotia, Canada. We strongly encourage you to check dates and times with hosting organizations as typos and sudden changes happen. Follow us on Twitter, @WFNS, to hear about these events and more day-to-day.


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5-day Writing Retreat in Saint Andrews by-the-Sea, October 23-28, 2017

Combine luxurious accommodations, famed New Brunswick fall foliage, and dedicated writing time on this 5-day retreat to Saint Andrews by-the-Sea. Join Dr. Gerard Collins, an award-winning Newfoundland author and experienced university and writing educator, for this autumn literary getaway. Gerard will give two creative writing workshops and host individual meetings with all participants, where the focus is on you and your craft, and where Gerard will provide detailed feedback on your writing.

Location: 
Rossmount Inn, Saint Andrews by-the-Sea
Date: 
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters: Polish Your Speaking Skills

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters invites members of the writing community and other creative friends to come to a meeting and see how Toastmasters works. Writers tend to be introverts; Toastmasters helps us connect with the outside world with confidence and eloquence! Increasingly, authors are not only expected to put good words on the page, but also to have good speaking and presentation skills. What do you write? Have you got an interesting and concise answer for that question? You might be invited to share your work by participating at an open mic event.

Location: 
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday evening of the month, at the offices of WFNS: 1113 Marginal Rd., in downtown Halifax. Enter through the WFNS door, opposite NSCAD's Port Campus.
Date: 
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:30pm

Editors Nova Scotia workshops on Word Styles and Templates

Editors Nova Scotia presents two half-day workshops on Word Styles and Templates with Martha Hickman Hild. Styles: Workshop participants will learn how to think strategically about styles and plan their use; how to create, modify, and apply styles; how to manage styles using the Organizer; and how to store and document style systems using templates.

Location: 
See website for details.
Date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 9:30am

Improbable Walks: a story-telling walk in Halifax

Places tell stories. Paths of travel and connection. Sites of destruction and rebirth. Listen. What do we hear? Come join us for an alternative book launch for Lisa Pasold’s new book The Riparian. Come walk into a story inspired by the Commons. Join writers Lisa Pasold, Gwen Davies & Nanci Lee on a walk, where we’ll conjure a site-specific story about one imagined journey told by this landscape. We’ll be walking through the Commons towards the now-empty site of St. Patrick’s School on Quinpool, then circling back by the Urban Roots Farm to the Citadel.

Location: 
Meet at the Emera Oval at 5775 Cogswell Street
Date: 
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 5:00pm

Brian Bartlett & Anne Compton Book Launch

This evening will honour the appearance of two new books of prose on the art of poetry. Halifax poet Brian Bartlett reads from his collection of prose (essays, reviews, journals, memoirs, tributes, introductions, columns, interviews), _All Manner of Tackle: Living with Poetry_ (Palimpsest Press). Anne Compton travels from Saint John to read passages from her new collection _Afterwork: Essays on Literature and Beauty_ (Fitzhenry & Whiteside). Refreshments will be served and Bookmark will be on location selling the authors' books.

Location: 
Saint Mary's University Art Gallery 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, Room 199 Halifax
Date: 
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

4th Annual Paradise Writers' Retreat

Are you working on a novel, desperately trying to find time to write and never quite getting there? Come to The Paradise Writers’ Retreat from October 29 to November 2 for support and inspiration… and a little quiet time to write! HERE’S THE PLOT… Surround yourself with other writers who are equally as determined to get writing! It’s the perfect jump-start because: • You’ll participate in interactive workshops that spark creativity. • There will be guaranteed solitary writing time. • You’ll be in tranquil, remote surroundings that will help clear your mind.

Location: 
Oceanstone Seaside Resort, Indian Harbour, NS (5 minutes from Peggy's Cove). Check-in anytime after 3 pm on Sunday. Welcome reception and dinner buffet at 6:30 pm.
Date: 
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 6:30pm

Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan launch

The long-awaited epochal collection _Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan (Goose Lane Editions/icehouse poetry), gathering together all the poetry collections and chapbooks of Maritime Canada's greatest poet, will be celebrated in an event involving about two dozen readers (including many Nova Scotia poets) reading favourite Nowlan poems. A recent event of this kind in Fredericton, Nowlan's home for many years before his death in 1983, was a very moving, memorable occasion.

Location: 
Halifax Central Library Spring Garden Road 2nd floor, Lindsay Room
Date: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

Sheila Kindred Book Launch

Please join Sheila Johnson Kindred for the launch of her book "Jane Austen's Transatlantic Sister: The Life and Letters of Fanny Palmer Austen" (McGill-Queen's University Press). Hear how Fanny Palmer, wife of Charles Austen, was an eye witness to British naval life during the Napoleonic Wars. Her story, Informed by letters from Halifax and England, recounts her adventures at sea and on land, and explores her influence on Jane Austen's fiction.

Location: 
Lindsay Children's Room 2nd Floor Halifax Central Library 5440 Spring Garden Road , B3J 1E9
Date: 
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

Michael Cosgrove - Book Launch for Salt of the Turf

Book Launch for - Salt of the Turf: A Season in Football's Far Corner - By Michael Cosgrove (Cash Bar - All ages event) Salt of the Turf chronicles Halifax’s Citadel Phoenix football team during their 2013 season, highlighting the inspirational journey of its best player Shaun Robinson, while looking back at the remarkable forty-year career of the team’s current coach, Mike Tanner. Link to Publisher's description of the book: https://boularderieislandpress.com/books-michael-cosgrove/

Location: 
Portia White Atrium, Citadel High School
Date: 
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 7:30pm

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