Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tale Spin Writers Camp For Kids

Tale Spin, Active Writing and Extreme Art Camp!

Children's author Jennifer McGrath Kent and illustrator Jennifer Aikman-Smith are teaming up to offer a comprehensive and creative week designed to hone the emerging talents of young writers and illustrators ages 10 - 13. Participants will explore styles and techniques to help them produce their own book by the end of the week as well as taking part in a wide range of games and activities.

Tale Spin will take place July 26 - 30th at Magnetic Hill School in Moncton.

Camp begins each morning at 9 am and ends at 4 pm. Cost of the camp is $150.00, including a $25 non-refundable deposit.

For more information, such as what you need to bring, and what you don’t, or to register your child, please e-mail either Jennifer at or call Jennifer Aikman-Smith at 506 852-9017 or Jennifer McGrath Kent at 506 386-1555.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Maritime Writers' Workshop

Maritime Writers' Workshops

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional writer - the Maritime
Writers' Workshops is for you! Since 1975, the Maritime Writers' Workshops
(MWW) has delivered high caliber instruction to those seeking an intensive
workshop experience. Over those 30 plus years, hundreds of people have
participated, made new friends, and learned critical skills on the
development of their writing - all in a comfortable and inviting
atmosphere..So go ahead, flex your writing muscles, and join us at the MWW!

The MWW offers participants the opportunity to pick and choose from a series
of one-day workshops, all in a unique and supportive community of writers
who share a commitment to excellence.

There are one-day workshops in everything from "How to Get Started" to Life
Writing, and fiction and screen writing to "How to Get Published".

Workshop Schedule
Monday, July 5 - Getting Started - Jo-Anne Elder
Tuesday, July 6 - Unleashing the Splendor Within: An Adventure in Life
Writing (CCOM 4061) - Eve Mills Nash
Wednesday, July 7 - Creativity to Craft: A First Fiction Workshop - Carla
Thursday, July 8 - Screen Writing - Lex Gigeroff
Friday, July 9 - How to Get Published (CCOM 1913) - Biff Mitchell

Time: All workshops run from 9 am to 4 pm (not including lunch).
Location: McCord Hall, 7 Bailey Drive, UNB Campus

Cost: $115 per workshop (+ Hst) or $460 for the week (5 workshops for the
price of 4!)

For more information: Call Alison Howells at 452-6360 or email
Register now at 453-4646!


Cape Breton Stage Company Seeking Scripts

For production in their 2010/11 season

A non-profit theatre co-op, The Cape Breton Stage Company has been producing
original, local work in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality since 2007.
This season, we will produce three plays in downtown Sydney, Nova Scotia. We
welcome submissions from playwrights with any level of experience.

Original, preferably unproduced, scripts by Atlantic Canadian playwrights.
We will consider plays with any tone or subject matter. We tend to favour
plays with small casts and straightforward production requirements.

You may submit a script in progress, but do not send proposals, summaries,
or excerpts; we require a complete draft to evaluate your submission

As a co-operative, we exercise collective artistic input with all our
projects. Playwrights should bear this artistic spirit in mind, and should
be open to having CBSC artists contribute to script development after their
plays have been selected for production, although playwrights will retain
final authority over their scripts.

Submissions may be emailed (Word or PDF format preferred) to Please include "Script Search" in your email's subject
You may also mail your script to the following address. If you want your
script returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Cape Breton Stage Company
142 Cabot Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 4E1

Please include your contact info, along with a brief bio (100 words). If
your script is still in progress, you may also include a description of your
plans for future development.

Reader's Digest is now actively seeking story pitches from Canadian
freelancers. Contact Zach Wells - - with queries and/or


Atlantic Author Day Coming Soon

(Halifax, NS) Atlantic Author Day Coming Soon to a Bookstore Near You!

On Saturday, June 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. more than 40 Atlantic Canadian writers will be signing books at participating stores across the region. Come out and meet your favourite storytellers and pick up some great books for summer reading!

Presented by Atlantic Books Today/Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association (APMA), Atlantic Author Day features writers included in this year's Summer Reading Guide, available at all book retailers in Atlantic Canada. APMA Executive Director Peggy Walt commented, "Atlantic Author Day is a time to celebrate our home-grown authors. By joining the celebrations at your local bookstore, you will be supporting our local book community."

There are 124 featured books in this year's Summer Reading Guide, representing 28 different Canadian publishers. The books range from fiction, cookbooks, kids', mystery, history, guidebooks, art and the list goes on - something for every reader's summer enjoyment. This year's promotion once again features a chance to win a beautiful basket of books - fill out a ballot from the Guide at your local bookstore and you could win. The contest closes Friday, September 10 and one basket will be awarded per province.

For more information and times and locations of author signing, please visit and click on the links for Nova Scotia or the PEI, New Brunswick and Newfoundland link. The website serves as a hub for publishing and books in Atlantic Canada. You can also check out Atlantic Books Today on Facebook and Twitter.

Please note that all schedules are subject to change and will be updated until June 26.

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Celebrate Atlantic Author Day in your community - this free event is taking place in bookstores across the region on Saturday, June 26 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Come out and meet your favorite authors! For a complete schedule of author signings in your community, go to and click on the links for Nova Scotia or the PEI/New Brunswick/Newfoundland link. Pick up your free copy of the Summer Reading Guide in your local bookstore and enter a contest to win a beautiful basket of books!

For more information/interviews: Heidi Hallett (902) 488-5872

Peggy Walt
Cultural Affairs Consulting & Promotion
1240 Edward Street
Halifax, NS Canada B3H 3H4
Telephone/Fax: (902) 422-5403
Cell: (902) 476-1096
Music Nova Scotia nominee 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009: Publicist of the Year

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Corn Hill Bicycle Festival...July 24th

A new bike festival is coming to Southern New Brunswick, on July 24th the Corn Hill Bicycle Festival (rain-date July 25th) will be held in the community of Corn Hill just a short drive from Peticodiac.
The daylong festival is designed to provide a great introduction to Corn Hill’s cycling routes with a number of long and short-guided rides and a series of workshops that will cover basic bicycle mechanics, road safety, touring, and nutrition. The festival is open to everyone from casual riders, avid cyclist, and yes even those of us who have a bicycle collecting dust in the garage. Its the perfect opportunity to bring your family out for a enjoyable day of riding, learning about cycling, and enjoying the country.
The day event will also celebrate the creation of a local bicycle map and be a way to spread awareness of Corn Hill's fantastic cycling landscape. We've got wide open views, rolling hills, low traffic, and a Cafe...what more could you ask for?
Registration opens June 21st and closes July 19th.
More details coming soon!
Check us out on the web at and join us on Facebook.
Contact Joanna and Graham at if you have any questions or would be interested in volunteering for the day.

Salisbury Girl Graduates From Mount Allison

Sarah Elizabeth Irving of Salisbury graduated from Mount Allison University on May 17. Shown here is her proud grandfather, Ronald Killam, and her mother Cindy Killam. Sarah attended JMA Armstrong High as did her parents and grandparents before her. Sarah graduated on the honor roll from high school in 2006.
Now four years later she has graduated with a BA (Honours in International Relations) from Mount Allison University. During her four years of study Sarah wrote for the student newspaper and was the senior residence assistant of Hunton House. Sarah went on an exchange program to Merida, Yucatan, & Mexico. She has been very active with the community of international students at the University, being a conversation partner for Japanesse students studying english as well as various inter-cultural activities. Sarah had a wonderful experience when she worked at Struts Gallery during the last two summers.
Soon she will be moving to Montreal to take a five week course in french called “Explore” in Chicoutimi, and then hopefully work with an affiliated program called “Odyseey” in Quebec. This program puts anglophone Teacher’s Assistants into francophone classes where english is being taught in order to make english more fun, interactive and interesting for the students. This same program happens in reverse. On May 17th. 2010 there were 318 students graduating from the Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. At 9:30a.m. in the Marjorie Young Bell Convocation Hall, the graduation ceremony included students from the Science and Commerce program and at 2:30p.m. students from the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music graduated.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor Robert Campbell preformed the opening of Convocation. CBC’s chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge was installed as the new chancellor and then later addressed the second group of graduates.
Throughout the day there were six ‘Citations For Honorary Doctorate of Laws’ presented. The first was to the Hon. Graydon Nicholas, New Brunswick’s 30th Lieutenant-Governor. Grayton has had many firsts: the first Aboriginal law graduate in Atlantic Canada; the first Aboriginal provincial court judge in the Maritimes; and New Brunswick’s first Aboriginal Lieutenant-Governor.
The second was Heather Reisman who is from Montreal and educated at McGill University. In 2009 the Financial Times of London chose her as one of the top 50 businesswomen in the world. Ms. Reisman is the founder and CEO of Indigo Books & Music Inc., which is Canada’s largest book and gift retailer with 250 stores nationwide.
David Sobey from Halifax Nova Scotia was the third to receive the Citation for Honorary Doctorate of Law. Mr. Sobey’s journey has taken him from managing a single store in Halifax to transforming Sobeys into one of the most successful Canadian corporations ever. He now owns and operates more than 1,300 grocery stores nationwide. He is Chancellor of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, and is a member of the Order of Canada.
In the afternoon ceremonies, Rev. Brent Hawkes was the fourth to receive the Honorary Doctorate of Law. His caring, courageous and committed effort to bring justice for all members of the gay and lesbian community has not gone unnoticed. Rev. Hawkes is a native of Bath, New Brunswick and a graduate of Mount Allison as well as Trinity College, and the University of Toronto. He has been senior pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto for 30 years.
The fifth recipient was Dr. Samantha Nutt. Ms. Nutt graduated from McMaster University and earned an MSc with distinction from London University. Ms. Nutt holds a Fellowship in Community Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is further certified by the College of Family Practice.
Samantha has worked in some of the world’s most turbulent war zones for over 15 years. Since the age of 24, she has been a volunteer and medical doctor with the United Nations and various non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) in flash points such as Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Burundi, northern Uganda, Ethiopia and the Thai-Burmese border.
She has been widely recognized for her work in Canada and around the world. Ms. Nutt is a recipient of the Order of Ontario and is one of Canada’s top 40 under 40, as featured in The Globe and Mail. Samantha has been hailed as one of 200 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum; on of “Canada’s Five Leading Activists” by Time magazine; and is one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. The final recipient of the day was J.J. (Jim) Keith. Mr. Keith was a professional educator, a graduate of Bishop’s University, and later McGill. He pursued a distinguished teaching and school administration career and assumed leadership positions with school districts in Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. His career culminated as Superintendent of Schools from the Kings County Amalgamated School Board in Nova Scotia, President of the Nova Scotia School Administrators’ Association and President of the Canadian Association of School Administrators.
Jim has been notably active in various voluntary associations, many centred on the health, education, and welfare of young people in particular.
Members of the Mount Allison and Sackville communities best remember Mr. Keith for his steadfast service from 1987 to 2004, and as a member of the Board of Regents at Mount Allison. He routinely sought to engage faculty, staff and students in direct and honest conversation concerning conditions on campus and often-difficult issues. This was arguably his greatest service to the institution.
Chancellor Mansbridge, in his address to the 2010 graduating class of Mount Allison University, encouraged the new graduates to be quiet hero’s, to believe in themselves, believe in their country and to give something back. He stressed the importance of voting, not just at the Provincial or Federal level, but added the importance of voting at the municipal levels as well. Mansbridge challenged the graduates to take up worthy causes and to fight injustice, he said, “Because you can’t correct every injustice doesn’t mean you should fight none. Pick your spots, but please pick something.” Later Mr. Mansbridge spoke with graduates as he handed him or her their diploma.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Crazy For Crafting Stories

Are you crazy about crafting stories? Then you'll enjoy this full-day creative writing workshop delivered in the heart of beautiful rural Albert County.

Nature of Story: Crafting your Life Story - This workshop pairs creativity with process. Together, we will explore the craft of turning life events into interesting stories. You will work a rough draft through to a polished essay or vignette, while learning about structure, narrative arc and self-editing. For more details, visit

When: Saturday, June 19, 2010.

Where: Workshop will be held at the lovely Florentine Manor, Harvey, Alb. Co., NB.

Price: $115 includes lunch, materials and HST.


How better to cultivate wildness of language than spending time where wild things live and grow?

Write in Nature - When we spend time in nature, we do so quietly, patiently and openly, with hopes of receiving understanding, clarity and a deeper connection to place. Leave structure and rules at home and join me for a day of writing with nature as our inspiration. You'll learn to marry observation with imagination, using techniques that easily transfer to any genre. This workshop is about forgetting self and listening to the voice of nature. You'll learn to see your surroundings with fresh perspective. For more details, visit

When: Saturday, July 17, 2010

Where: Travel to the Fundy Trail Parkway in beautiful St. Martins, NB, along the Bay of Fundy coast. We will meet at the Interpretive Centre and hike along the Big Salmon River with an interpretive guide to reach the secluded Hearst Lodge. Workshop participants must be physically fit for a 1-2 hour relaxed hike of moderate difficulty.

Price: $125 includes guide, lunch and HST. You are responsible for your entry permit to the park.

About Nature of Words

Nature of Words creative writing workshops are as much about creating a memory, as they are about learning. In small, intimate gatherings (no crowds and fluorescent lights for us!) we venture outside the structured walls of a classroom and into the heart of nature, where true creativity resides. Venues may be rural accommodations, community halls, heritage buildings or other intriguing places with access to beautiful outdoor spaces. For registration or for information on other workshops, visit

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop registrations are limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration and payment required in advance. Avoid disappointment and register today!

Deborah Carr
Wordsmith & Writing Coach



Writers Full Weekend...July 9

To All Atlantic Region Writers: A Weekend Full of Workshops

The Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), Atlantic Region, is
excited to offer Communicating for Cash, a weekend workshop filled with
sessions to show you how to make money from your writing and lots of
opportunities to network and socialize with other professional writers.

Workshop topics and leaders are Getting Work with the Federal Government
with Marion Soubliere, Marketing Your Freelance Writing Services Using
Traditional and Social Media Marketing Tools and Optimizing Your Website for
the Best Possible Search Engine Results with freelance writer and trainer
Paul Lima, Getting Published Using Online Print-On-Demand with award winning
author, speaker and publisher Julie V. Watson, Whose Story is it Anyway?
with author Johanna Bertin and A Package with Punch: How to Make a
Successful Non-fiction Submission with Goose Lane Editions managing editor
Akou Connell. See the attached brochure for more information about these
informative sessions as well as info on accommodation.

Communicating for Cash takes place July 9 to 11 at Mount Allison University
in Sackville, NB. Register before June 10 and PWAC and CFU members pay only
$150 (non-members pay $175). The fee includes three half day workshops (out
of six), two breakfasts, two lunches and coffee breaks. After June 10 the
registration fee goes up to $175 for PWAC and CFU members and $225 for

Anyone interested in more information, or who would like to register, can
visit Be sure to join our facebook page
Communicating for Cash PWAC Atlantic Writers Workshop for the latest

Trudy A. Kelly Forsythe

Freelance Writing Services

Professional Member of Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)

Member of Cassell Network of Writers (CNW) (

Member Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) (

Contact info:


phone: 506-832-0338

fax: 506-832-5480