I just wrapped up a three-session online interactive workshop called Creating, Joining and Elevating Writing Groups for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. I’m so glad I got to work with this group of 12 writers from the province! There were novice writers up to multi-published ones, and we’d all had varied levels of experience with different sorts of writing groups.
I spun this 6-hour workshop off a 90-minute professional development webinar I hosted for the WFNS back in March. It was clear there was a lot of interest in how to find ways to have safer, more inclusive spaces where we can generate new words and give/take effective feedback.
“Thank you for being such a great instructor. I love your easy-going, understanding and genuine teaching style. I would take another workshop from you in a heartbeat, that’s how great a time I had. I loved hearing everyone’s story and the exercises we did and the writing prompts you provided were excellent.” Workshop Participant
I would absolutely love to tailor a webinar, workshop, or class for your organization. Please get in touch!
With kids getting out of school here soon, I am excited to reprise my role as a writer-instructor for the WFNS Creative Writing Day Camps in both Halifax and Lunenburg. If you’re in the area and have school-aged kids, please check out the offerings here. (As of June 21 Halifax still has some spots but Lunenburg is full. There is a waitlist, however).
The Art of Writing (Ages 9 – 12)
July 10 to July 14, 9am to 4pm each day
NSCAD Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Road, Halifax
Instructors: Chad Lucas, Andre Fenton, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, Jessica Scott Kerrin, Nancy Rose
This class will explore the written word using creative approaches, such as visual writing prompts, to discover and explore character development, build description through observation, expand the use of figurative language, and promote journal writing. Participants will delve into different genres and styles of writing, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, picture books, and graphic novels. Camps will feature visits by professionally published authors who are valued participants in the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia Writers in the Schools program, and have in-depth experience working with tweens and teens. Classes will be a mixture of classroom activities and outdoors adventures to promote physical activity and imaginative play.
NSCAD Extended Studies camps include all materials. Early drop off and late pick up options available from 8:30am to 5:00pm at no additional cost.
Registration fee: $310
Creative Writing for Kids with WFNS (Ages 11 – 13)
July 17 to July 21, 10am to 4pm each day
Lunenburg School of the Arts, 6 Prince Street, Lunenburg
Instructors: Sylvia Gunnery, Jo Treggiari, Kate Inglis, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, Cooper Lee Bombardier
This workshop, for youth ages 11 – 13, will be an adventure into expanding and expressing the creative mind through images and the written word. Participants will discover and explore character development, build description through observation, and play with figurative language. The classes will delve into different genres and styles of writing, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels, featuring visits by professionally published authors and mixtures of classroom activities and outdoors adventures to promote physical activity and imaginative play.
Registration includes a Lunenburg School of the Arts tote bag and notebook for each participant.
Children should bring their own lunch, sunscreen, and writing implements.
Registration fee: $325