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Inkspot: September 2023

Oh, September.  I have such a hard time making friends with you. How can I let go of July and August?

Hello, Members and Friends.

Did you enjoy your summer? We hope so, and that it was both restful and productive.

1. WordsFall is just around the corner. The Parkland Village Inn is already full for the weekend of October 27-29, but we’d still love to have you participate! There are lots of places to rent in the area, and we have reserved two Fundy National Park apartments available if needed. That would hold at least 2 people per apartment. If you can't commit to coming for the whole weekend, the Saturday day pass is a great option, so you can take in a couple of workshops, have lunch and enjoy Fundy Park?

We are also offering registration per workshop, if you just want to take a trip to Alma to hear a particular speaker. It's a gorgeous drive, and we will hope and pray for mild weather! The Fundy is mercurial, but you never know... You can check out the lineup on the website.

October in Alma.

2. This Saturday, September 16, is the fourth edition of Buy a New Brunswick Book Day. Use the digital posters (Facebook, Instagram), tagline, and hashtags (#September16 #MyNBbooks #IReadLocal) to promote I’m Buying a NB Book day on social media for your own book sales.

As we speak, Hurricane Lee is travelling up the Atlantic and may want to join the initiative—but don’t let him stop you from purchasing a great NB Book!

3. The National Film Board of Canada will host a community screening of their documentary about David Adams Richards in Miramichi in mid- to late- November. This feature-length documentary, Geographies of DAR, explores the life and literary works of the renowned Canadian author. Through stunning visuals, insightful interviews and poignant excerpts from his writings voiced by fellow authors, the film explores the profound connection between Richards’ personal geography and his literary landscapes, revealing how the intertwining of his own experiences and Eastern Canada’s Miramichi shaped his storytelling. 

You can view the media kit, which features selected clips and more details about the film here: https://mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/the-geographies-of-dar/ 

The Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick will co-sponsor this event, and we hope many of you will attend the screening. The NFB hopes that both the director, Monique LeBlanc, and DAR himself will be in attendance. We hope you will support the showing of this excellent film about one of New Brunswick’s most influential writers. We will  provide more details as they become available.

3. Given the popularity of our annual retreat (see Thandiwe McCarthy’s current blog post), which this year took place in August, we have tentatively booked February 23 – 25, 2024 at Villa Madonna as our first annual winter retreat. Drop us a line at info@wfnb.ca if you think you could use a writing break in February.

4. Hey, NB authors - don’t forget! The deadline for submissions to the 2023 New Brunswick Book Awards is December 1. Please fill out the submission form, and send two copies of your book to WFNB, in care of 52 Amity Street, Moncton, NB E1G 0S3. Rules can be found on the competition page.

5. And just as the NBBA is closing to submissions, The NB Writing Competition will open on December 1 and run, as usual, until the end of February. It’s never too early to dig out that unpublished piece and starting polishing.

That's it for now. Talk soon, 


Rhonda Bulmer and Kris Windley.


Luke Francis Beirne – Luke (lukefrancisbeirne.com) was born in Ireland and lives in Saint John, New Brunswick, on Wolastoqey land. His first novel, Foxhunt, was published by Baraka Books in 2022. His second novel, Blacklion, will be published in September 2023. He writes Fiction, Historical Fiction, Journalism, and Freelance writing. Welcome, Luke!

Mark Allan Green - Mark Allan Greene (markallangreene.com) grew up in Saint John, and now lives in Edmonton. He is a writer, playwright and practicing lawyer who retains a fascination with the history of his hometown and its dramatic destruction and rebuilding. He is interested in non-fiction. Welcome, Mark!

Jess Stiles  Is interested in many genres, including Children, Editing, Fantasy, Fiction, Illustration, Science Fiction, Scriptwriting, Graphic Novel, and Middle Grade. Welcome, Jess!

Kellie Underhill  Kellie hails from Barnettville (http://www.kellieunderhill.com/) and writes in many genres, including Blogging, Creative non-fiction, Editing, Essays, Fiction, Journalism, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Copywriting. Welcome, Kellie!


Heather Browne will be conducting another eight-week creative writing course in Fredericton. See details under workshops and retreats.


CSG Publishing House is proud to announce that the upcoming novel, Dante's Inferno by Charlotte St. James (the pen name of WFNB member Vanessa Hawkins) is available for PRE-ORDER. Dante's Inferno is a sexy retelling of Dante Alighieri's 14th century epic poem, Divine Comedy and runner up of the 2022 David Adams Richard's Award. It will be released on Sept 27th. 


Big congrats to Carolyn Higgins – whose written piece “Language Matters” was longlisted for the CBC non-fiction prize! The winner of the 2023 CBC Nonfiction Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their work published on CBC Books and win a two-week writing residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books. 


Jill MacLean’s medieval novel, The Arrows of Mercy, is one of three finalists in the fiction category of the nation-wide Whistler Independent Book Awards, sponsored by The Writers’ Union of Canada “to recognize excellence in Canadian self-publishing.” (Congratulations, Jill!) The Miramichi Reader and the Historical Novel Society (US and UK) have each given it an extremely good review. Jill will be reading from The Arrows of Mercy at Westminster Books in Fredericton, on Sunday September 24th at 3 pm.


Lisa Thompson is announcing that The Hot Bottled Poetry Podcast has dropped! HOT BOTTLED POETRY: THE OPEN MIC - A LITERARY JOURNEY INTO WORDS , hosted by Chris Wanamaker. Also, if artists, poets, musicians, comedians, storytellers, are interested in joining our POETS AND MUSICIANS chat room, please contact Lisa at: Thompson.lisaP@gmail.com


The Word Feast Literary Festival Society is searching for enthusiastic board members passionate about New Brunswick literature! We are looking for people who want to take a hands-on approach to planning events, coordinating writing contests, and leading the literary festivals society in a positive direction focused on longevity. Experience with board procedures or literary events is an asset but not required.

Positions to fill:

·  Treasurer

·  General board member

If you are interested in joining the board or would like more information, please contact Grace Taylor (Chair, They/Them) by email at chair.word.feast@gmail.com


On Saturday, October 14, the Fredericton Public Library (12 Carleton Street, Fredericton) will host a Local Authors Book Fair onsite in conjunction with Word Feast 2023. We are excited to issue a call for participants in the local writing and publishing communities.

This free day-long event will provide the opportunity for New Brunswick-based authors to speak about or read from their book in a public space, to sell their book if they wish, and meet other authors and local readers. 

This will be a free drop-in event for the public consisting of about 15 presenting authors and up to 30 authors selling books, with time and space provided for light refreshments and perusing tables. Author involvement consists of offering a 10–15-minute presentation or a reading of their book and the option to setup a table alongside fellow authors to sell and sign their book.

Feel free to refer authors to Michelle Lovegrove Thomson (michelle.thomson@gnb.ca) and/or colleague Amanda Lloyd (Amanda.lloyd@gnb.ca)  to reserve a table or obtain more information. We are aiming to have a tentative schedule and list of participating authors by September 15.


Canadian Publishing Veterans Launch New Press: Leigh Nash, Andrew Faulkner, and Debby de Groot are proud to announce an exciting new publishing venture: Assembly Press. Assembly Press will be a boutique publishing house, designed to be independent, inclusive, and incisive, and will publish first-class fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The first list is scheduled for Spring 2024, and distribution deals are already in place including PGC in Canada.


The Artsvest national mentorship program is launching in September! Each organization has access to 2 hours of mentorship with any of our mentors, and most participants use this for support with specific topics (such as “How can I generate new leads?”, “How can I make my pitch deck more effective”, “Are my sponsor reports effective?” etc).

Not sure where to start? Join us for the Artsvest Mentorship Orientation sessions! We will be hosting two mentorship orientation sessions to help you navigate the MentorCity platform and the artsvest mentorship program.


Sharpen your pencils, dust off your duotangs: public submissions for Assembly Press are now open! Learn more about what we’re looking for here.


Sunspot Lit seeks a story, essay, excerpt from longer prose pieces, artwork, graphic novel, or poem that combines excellence in craft with reader or audience appeal.

Goldilocks Zone: $500 for Authors/Artists

Feedback for fiction and nonfiction submissions available for additional fee. Prize: $500 cash and publication for the winner; publication for runners-up and finalists. Closes September 30, 2023. Enter through Submittable:  or Duotrope: .


Call for Entries: 2024 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

If you would like to receive greater recognition, monetary prizes, awards and exposure for your books, here is an opportunity not to miss. Enter the 2024 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Calling all indie book authors and publishers - including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English released in 2022, 2023 or 2024 or with a 2022, 2023 or 2024 copyright date to enter the most rewarding book awards program.

Offering 80+ Categories - More than 80 Awards – with over 80 monetary prizes totaling over $10,000 in cash, including $1,500 cash prizes plus trophies for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 cash prizes plus trophies for second best fiction book and non-fiction book and $500 cash prizes plus trophies for third best fiction book and non-fiction book!

Early Bird Discount! Enter by September 30, 2023 and your second category is free.


Questions: Contact Lilac Arch Press at : lilacarchpress@gmail.com




Fredericton Recreation & Culture presents:

Writing Well 2: A creative writing course (Oct 3- Nov 21)

Registration opened on Sept 11

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am, beginning Oct 3

at the Fredericton Seniors Center (112 Johnston Ave)

Instructor: Heather Browne, MFA in Creative Writing, leads an eight week in- house writing program.

Heather’s writing prompts, timed writing sessions, and mini lectures are designed to open new writing experiences for participants and inspire work that they engage in outside of class.

Learn how to make the page your friend and discover more about writing (and living) well. The Writing Well 2 series emphasizes traditional forms over the more organic ones of the first. Writing Well 1 is not a requirement. Explore your creative side while writing with others around a “table for writers”.

All interested adults are welcome. For more information or to register please call 506-260-0605.


The University of King’s College writing workshops are back! These non-credit courses are for writers at all stages of their work, taught by our MFA faculty and authors from across the country.

New this year: Black Voices, Black Stories. This workshop, designed for Black authors who want to both develop their craft and learn how to navigate the publishing industry, is taught by author of Birchtown and the Black Loyalists and The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Wanda Taylor.

Another new addition to the line-up this fall is Writing for Video Games, a course on the unique format of narrative for games, taught by award-winning Canadian novelist Dave Wilson. Bonny Reichert, MFA’22, author of the forthcoming book How to Share an Egg: A True Story of Hunger, Love and Plenty, will be teaching Food Writing, and Lezlie Lowe will teach a course called Writing Your Family Story.

King’s is also bringing back two of our writing fundamentals workshops: Introduction to Memoir and Fiction Fundamentals.

Participants can register for the King’s writing workshops here. Courses begin the first week of October and run for 8 weeks.

Check back next month for more writing development opportunities from the web, across Canada and across the globe!


  • Late Winter Writers Residency Online 2024 This two-week online session will allow writers across genre to explore craft, voice, and workshop their manuscripts with exceptional faculty. Faculty: Fawn Parker and Annick MacAskill Program Dates: February 12 - February 23, 2024 | Application Deadline: November 08, 2023 Online programs are fully funded. For in-person programs, funding of 100% of tuition and 50% of food and accommodation is available.


  • Prairie Fire is running its annual writing contest, and would love to see some more east coast representation! There is a fee to enter, but you will receive a one-year subscription to the magazine (and the contest fee is actually less than a one year subscription). The contest has been running annually for 25 years and the magazine has been around for 45 years. Here's a link to the contest page for more info: https://www.prairiefire.ca/contests/

    Lindsey Childs, Assistant Editor


  • The thirteenth annual Musicworks Electronic Music Composition Contest opens August 1, 2023. This annual juried contest spotlights new musical talent from around the world, offering cash prizes and opportunities to be heard and published. In 2022, we received 179 submissions from across North America, as well as from Brazil, Greece, Ukraine, and many more places.

    First prize: C$500, a composer profile in Musicworks in 2024, and the composition released on the accompanying Musicworks CD.

    Second prize: C$200 and composer coverage on musicworks.ca in 2024.

    Third prize: C$100 and composer coverage on musicworks.ca in 2024.

    Marcelle Deschênes Prize in Electronic Music / prix Marcelle Deschênes pour la musique électronique: C$300 and a composer profile in 2024. This prize is open to entrants who self-identify as female or non-binary.

    Compose and submit an experimental piece in any electronic-music genre—acousmatic, electroacoustic, glitch, soundscape, intelligent dance music (IDM), turntable art, or video music. The contest is open to entries from anywhere in the world and from artists at any stage of their careers. Pieces must be previously unpublished (i.e. not released on a commercially available recording at the time of submission).

    Maximum length: 10 minutes.Accepted file types: MP3 or MP4 only.

    Contest entry fee: C$30. Unlimited additional entries are C$5 each.
    All entrants receive a one-year print subscription to Musicworks ($44–$59 value).

  • Contest closes October 31, 2023.

    Prize details, eligibility, assessment criteria, rules and restrictions, and the entry portal can be found at:


    Please note: Cash prizes and entry fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

    For more information, contact Taylor Kozak at manager@musicworks.ca or (416) 977-3546


Fredericton Writers’ Groups
  • Ann Kitching is hosting a Sunday Morning Writers Group from 9 am to noon, starting on 17 Sept 2023. We'll write, chat, and increase our output. Meet at 209 Willow Ave in Fredericton North. Free to join. Contact almkitching@outlook.com with any questions--kindly write "Writers Group" in the subject line.

    Also, Ann leads courses through Dog Eared Books in Oromocto on Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8 pm. (Bad weather moves the course to Willow Ave in F'ton.) Starting on Friday, 6 October, our mission is to write serial adventures (one complete story per week) for a character of our choosing. By the end of May, we should have enough chapters to publish as a book which is our aim for next summer. This course is $15/week (alumni pay $10).

  • Freddy Words (a public Facebook group) is connected, though not currently as active and not specifically tied to NaNo. It was (and hopefully will be again) a year-round group.

  • Lou Ellen Mielke Somerville tells us about FredNoWriMo, which is a collection of Fredericton NaNoWriMo participants who are always open to accepting new members/participants. Check out their private Facebook group. They are doing virtual events and aim to get back into having in-person events - primarily from late October to early December. There is also CampNaNo in April and July. Lou Ellen is one of two Municipal Liaisons this year.

Saint John Writers’ Groups
  • Jeremy Cairns tells us about Saint John Writers (SJW), which meets every Sunday. They welcome a wide variety of ages and different types of writers. They are about getting together and producing, rather than exchanging work or reading aloud. They write from 10 am-11:30 am and then they sit and discuss narrative, character development, publishing, etc. https://saintjohnwriters.wordpress.com/

  • John Hanson tells us that Fog City Scribes has become a loose connection for writers in the Saint John area, originally formed for NaNoWriMo.

  • Amanda Evans and Jaimie McGivery tell us about Write Now Saint John, which is a social writing group which takes place every other Thursday evening (the next one is Thursday, September 21st) at Homeport Inn on Douglas Avenue. They review work, do activities, and have social events. The proprietor of the Homeport Inn is Lane Mack and her husband’s name is Neil. https://www.homeportinn.ca Email: stay@homeportinn.ca
    Other Writing Groups
  • The Chapter One Writing Group, led by Roche Sappier, has moved to a monthly format at the Perth-Andover library. All are welcome! Contact PerthAndover.PublicLibrary@gnb.ca for more information.

  • The Writers of Kingston Peninsula are an eclectic group of people that write for a variety of reasons, with many motivations they joyfully share. If you’d like to join them for an exercise in writing from prompts, share your own writing journey, or just to meet other writers, check out our Facebook page or reach out to us through Messenger. Times and dates may vary.

  • The Fundy Bay Writers is open to receiving new members. They offer monthly Zoom sessions, in-person workshops, shared readings, and ongoing support for writers at all stages of the craft. This group is affiliated with the Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Center in St. Andrews. For more information or to join, please email Carole Martignacco and Louise Chase, WFNB members and co-founders: fundybaywriters@gmail.com

  • The Writing Group Exhale: Grand Falls, meets every 3rd Saturday at 10:00 AM at the Grand Falls Public Library. The next meeting will be held on February 18, 2023. For more information contact Denise McClure at 75deemac@gmail.com, or call 506-473-6125.

  • The AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex has a writing group that meets monthly in the gallery. For more information, check out the website, visit 12 Maple Ave., Sussex, or call (506) 433-8351.


    Unleash Creatives Community Write-ins: Let's write! Hosted by Unleash Creatives, this hour-long event will include a simple writing prompt (all genres welcome), and time to write. This community write-in will be delivered via Zoom. Free & open to everyone.
    When: 2nd Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. ET.
    Where: A direct link will be emailed 24 hours in advance. RSVP here

    The Odyssey Online Writers' Salon is meant for those who would like to participate in lively discussion about writing. Share insights, discuss struggles, set goals, ask questions, comment on stories or novels you've read, or recommend good books or resources on writing. You can also ask any questions about Odyssey programs you might have.
    When: 2nd Wednesday of every month, 8:30-9:30 p.m. AST beginning Sept. 14, 2022

    The Creative Penn - New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joanna Penn runs a YouTube channel that provides tips on self-publishing, marketing, the business of being a writer and more.

    Janet Fitch's Writing Wednesday - Innovative Novel Structures with Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander, the Revolution of Marina M. Having taught formally for many years, Janet wanted to do something for those who are working alone, as she did. As ultimately we all are. Writing Wednesday is her gift to you.

    Every Monday at 12pm Dale L. Roberts posts a new video in his Self-Publishing with Dale series. You'll learn how to self publish a book on Kindle and paperback through Amazon KDP.

    Visit New Brunswick's incredible The Miramichi Reader for everything from coast to coast author updates, new Canadian literary releases, book reviews, interviews, writing advice, events and more!

    The (Writing) Workshop Finder website features ongoing workshops, retreats and conferences for writers. Many other resources are available here too.

    Live Canon - For fourteen years Live Canon have been publishing, performing, promoting, celebrating and sharing poetry. Our courses run in person and online and engage with established and emerging poets globally. 

    Journals, Zines and Podcasts

    • Exclusive Promotional Opportunity for WFNB Members 

      Mark Dykeman is a writer from Woodstock, NB, who currently publishes a Substack newsletter called How About This described as Notebook nerdery, creativity, reading, writing, and realizing, with a dash of current events and pop culture, cooked in a curious Atlantic Canadian sauce. He invites WFNB members to be interviewed about their work and creative process as a part of his Atlantic Canada Mondays series. He is happy to link back to websites, social media, etc. as a part of the interview.

      Mark normally sends a ten-question interview by email and gathers the interviewee's responses the same way. 
      Interested? Contact Mark at  markdykeman@gmail.com.

    • The Moderate Review is accepting short stories, poems, nonfiction, paintings, sculptures, 280 character stories (they will be tweeted if selected), music, and spoken word. The divisions between these art forms are arbitrary. Blur them. Newly established online journal The Moderate Review, showcasing both established and emerging literary talents, invites your words and voices to the ongoing creative discussion. Currently accepting submissions on a rolling basis with no deadlines or publishing dates. Submissions should be sent as a word attachment to moderatereview@gmail.com. There are no word limits, guidelines, or restrictions. However, all submissions must be original work and not previously published.
    • Voyage YA seeking submission — Always free. Always open. Always paid. Please read the submission guidelines carefully. Voyage has no restrictions on the kind of fiction they’re looking for. They simply aim to publish good work and provide a space for new and established voices. To get an idea of what they publish, please read the archives. General submissions are open year-round and there is no fee to submit to the general categories. New work is published weekly. Submissions are only accepted via online submission managing system, Submittable. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
    • Elegant Literature, a short fiction magazine focused exclusively on new/unpublished writers is accepting submissions in all genres, from anyone age 13 and up. We pay 10 cents a word and publish stories between 500 - 2000 words. Our contract is favourable to the author and openly available on our website. We don't allow pros to submit in order to focus on aspiring talent. Visit the website for more information.
    • Live Canon - For fourteen years Live Canon have been publishing, performing, promoting, celebrating and sharing poetry. We publish anthologies, debuts and collections. Our ensemble perform poetry at theatres, festivals and events, and record poetry for radio, digital projects and interdisciplinary collaborations. We work with other art forms to create installations, interventions and experiences. We work with young people to create, explore and enjoy poetry.
    • League of Canadian Poets Poetry News - Subscribe to Poetry Pause for your daily delivery of Canadian poetry! Poetry Pause delivers more than a daily poem; it delivers the chance for folks to pause for poetry.  Sign up for Poetry Pause and spare a few minutes each day for words that heal, inspire, and sustain. We’re always accepting submissions!

    Publishers and Literary Markets

    • Assembly Press will publish a balanced mix of voice-driven and concept-driven fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We want our books to be notable for engaging with contemporary issues with thoughtfulness, incisiveness, and passion in equal measure.  We welcome submissions by all writers regardless of publication history or writing experience, and especially by equity-seeking writers marginalized by attitudinal, historic, social, and environmental barriers based on age, ethnicity, disability, economic status, gender, nationality, race, sexual orientation, and transgender status.  

      We are committed to driving change in the publishing industry, and one way we can do so is to prioritize submissions written by equity-seeking writers. To serve this priority, we will push proposals and manuscripts of all genres by these authors to the front of our reading queue.

    • Atmosphere Press is a collaborative publisher, currently seeking great manuscripts from diverse (feminist!) voices. This year Atmosphere authors have sold thousands of books across five continents, received featured reviews with Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, and have even appeared on a giant billboard in Times Square. And they’d love to see what you’ve written!

    • Authors Get Published is an online boutique publishing house located in Toronto, Ontario. They are a full-service publishing house that publishes first-time and seasoned authors on their journey to become published authors, by providing book cover creation, manuscript editing services, formatting, and more. Distributed through Ingram, Authors Get Published work to ensure that each author’s book or books receive maximum visibility online through their website and online platforms where books are sold. If you would like to submit your manuscript for consideration, please email the Editor-in-Chief Christine at Christine@AuthorsGetPublished.com. They reply to every submission within 2 weeks. Visit the website for complete manuscript submission details.

    • VS. Books was founded by artist Vivek Shraya to create more intergenerational dialogue and support for artists of colour. Each year, Vivek offers a mentorship opportunity and publishing contract for a writer who is Indigenous, Black, or a person of colour. This year VS. Books’ is seeking an unpublished Indigenous writer, Black writer, or a writer of colour, over the age of 50 living in Canada.

    • Indian Ink Publishing is currently seeking completed literary fiction, trade fiction, and creative non-fiction manuscripts by emerging and established writers. Indian Ink Publishing is focused on bringing diverse narratives in to the homes of our readers. We believe that a rich story lives in every writer and consider it our number one priority to nurture that story from page to press. Storytelling is our passion. We aim to amplify underrepresented voices and capture unique experiences in the fiction and non-fiction books we publish. We are excited by prose that is compelling and innovative, bold and nuanced, that has the ability to transport the reader beyond their own imagination. We aim to publish work that reflects the diversity in Canada's cultural fabric and encourage writers who identify as women, Indigenous, persons of colour, LGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities to submit. 

    Grants, Residencies and Poet Laureateships

    Provincial Grants

    Artsnb administers eight grant programs. Deadlines vary throughout the year. You can submit your grant applications online. In addition, ArtsNB:

    • offers Accessibility and Equity programs which provide additional financial support to NB artists who face barriers when applying for grants or in carrying out their proposed activities.
    • The Application Assistance program, provides funding to individuals who encounter disability-related barriers to completing an online grant application; and to Indigenous artists facing language, geographic and/or cultural barriers with the online application process.
    • The Access Support program is designed to provide supplemental funding to grant recipients who require disability-related assistance to carry out their proposed activities. For more information: info@artsnb.ca or 506-444-4445

    Federal Grants

    • Canada Council for the Arts: New and Early Career ArtistsThe Canada Council for the Arts is making it easier for artists to apply for their first grant—they’ve launched a profile for new and early career artists. It’s part of a two-year pilot project to reach the next wave of artists in Canada and renew support to the arts sector. Artists at the start of their careers—including those who are new to Canada—can apply for Canada Council funding.

    An artist with a new and early career artist profile is eligible to apply for grants from three Explore and Create components:

    • Professional Development for Artists—Project grants to support career advancement activities for artists and artistic groups—including mentorships, internships, apprenticeships, specialized training and workshops.
    • Research and Creation—Project grants to support creative research, development and the creation of new works, including residencies.
    • Concept to Realization—Project grants to support activities that will result in completed works that are shown to the public—including public presentations, exhibitions, media arts and digital arts production ready for dissemination.

    To be eligible as a New/Early Career Artist, you must:

    • have no other approved applicant profiles with the Canada Council
    • have not previously received a grant from the Canada Council
    • be at least 18 years old
    • be either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
    • have some training, experience or accomplishments in one or more of the Council’s recognized fields of practice. Past training could include mentorship, self-study, workshops, etc. Training in an academic institution is not mandatory. The Council recognizes training, experience or accomplishments that took place outside of Canada.  
    • be committed to the ongoing development of your skills and artistic practice

    Create an account on the portal, and then submit a new and early career artist profile. You can only have one of these profiles. Create it and apply with your main field of practice—you can still apply for grants with other fields of practice later on. Make sure your CV matches with the eligibility criteria listed above. We recommend you get started with your profile well ahead of the competition you’re working towards because your profile will need to be validated before you can apply for a grant. 

    Canadian Writing Markets

    • ·         The CBC has an extensive list of Canadian Literary Journals for submissions to literary magazines here and Canadian Publishing Houses here.

    • ·         Quick Brown Fox regularly updates its list of writing markets for poems, short stories and novels. The site is maintained by writing workshop instructor and author Brian Henry and is an invaluable resource for new and seasoned writers.  

    Services for Writers

    Writing Mentoring /Coaching

    • Kayla Geitzler - Creative Writing MA, Poet Laureate (2019-2022), experienced literary project manager and editor offers customized mentoring in poetry, prose and performance, professional writing services, university-level masterclass courses and engaging workshops.  Email: kaylagwrites@gmail.com or visit kaylagwrites.com
    • Moncton writer and editor Lee D. Thompson is offering three 55-hour novel-writing (or creative non-fiction) mentorships in 2023, with a 10% discount to WFNB members. The mentorships include developmental editing and structural guidance and are ideal for works in the early to mid stages of creation.  Though the timelines are very flexible, and may be spread over many months, the mentorships are set for February, April and June. Payment plans are available. For full details, contact editor@galleonbooks.ca
    • Shoshanna Wingate, Poet Laureate, MFA, founder of literary journal, Riddle Fence. Experienced writing teacher/coach offers one-on-one mentorship to poets and prose writers at all stages of their career. You can expect gentle and detailed feedback. Short-term or long-term projects welcome. Email: wingateshoshanna@gmail.com


    • Sandra Bunting Proofreading, editing or an extra polish on your short story, poem, memoir, novel or nonfiction project. Contact Sandra Bunting at Gaelóg Press Writing and Editing Services. Email: Gaelogpress@gmail.com or text 506-251-5009.
    • Petrina Ferris is a technical writer who offers business documentation and communication services, science/technical editing and writing services. Visit her website for more information.
    • Kayla Geitzler (Moncton) offers full editorial services, content writing, book creation, ebooks, and professional documentation services. Creative, business, academic. https://kaylagwrites.com/
    • Lee Thompson (Moncton) provides full editorial services to WFNB writers at reasonable rates. 
    • Shoshanna Wingate (Sackville) provides full editorial services, including developmental and line editing, query letters, book proposals, and grant applications. Email: wingateshoshanna@gmail.com. 


    • Hellhag Productions (formerly Flying Elk Photography) is located in Saint John. In addition to photography, FEP also designs book covers. If you want a great looking cover for your book, take a look at our website for inspiration: https://www.hellhagproductionswdc.com/
    • Jeremy McLean (Harvey) offers services such as converting manuscripts into ebooks to sell on Amazon and Kobo; and formatting books for print-on-demand outlets such as Createspace and Lightning Source. Other services are listed on his website.


    • Rose Després (Cocagne) provides translation, proofreading and revision in and from French and English. She is a qualified translator with Canada Council for the Arts and artsnb translators, and has wide-ranging experience in diverse writing styles.

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    It's free for members (runs indefinitely) and $15 for non-members. For members, this service includes posting your ad on the Resources page of wfnb.ca.

    Ongoing Membership Benefits

    Group Health Insurance for Writers

    The Writers’ Coalition Program offers an affordable personal health insurance plan for WFNB members. To obtain a quote, just provide your province and date of birth here.

    WFNB Bookstore Club

    Present your current membership card to receive a 10% discount at the following independent bookstores: and Blind Forest Books & Novelties in Sackville, Cover to Cover Books in Riverview, Tidewater Books in Sackville, and Westminster Books in Fredericton.

    Regional Representatives

    Region                                                                                  Representative

    Charlotte Country, St. Andrews                                Vanessa Hawkins

    Fredericton                                                               Jenna Lyn Albert

    Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview                                     Kayla Geitzler

    Saint John, Grand Bay-Westfield, Rothesay             Martha Vowles

    Shediac                                                                     Louise Comtois

    Sussex                                                                      Jane Simpson

    Tantramar, Sackville, Port Elgin, Dorchester            Geordie Miller

    Lifetime Members

    Nancy Bauer, Ann Brennan, Kent Bulmer, Rhonda Bulmer, Wayne Curtis, Sheree Fitch, Jean Frances, Cathy Fynn, Ginny Hill, M. Travis Lane, Gwen Martin, M. Anne Mitton, David Adams Richards, Valerie Sherrard, Lee D. Thompson, Doug Underhill

    Become a Lifetime Member

    Lifetime membership costs $1000. We appreciate the generosity of  those members who are ensuring the continuity of the WFNB, and its impact on NB writers, by such a donation. Contact us at info@wfnb.ca for more details.

    Lifetime Membership has been bestowed on those founding members who helped establish the WFNB in the 1980s. It is also sometimes bestowed on those who have made a significant volunteer contribution to the life of our organization.

    See the main page of our website for a list of general sponsors, and sponsors of our awards programs.

    SEEKING BACK ISSUES of Historical publications

    Dear WFNB Members:

    Ian LeTourneau is currently looking for New Brunswick books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsides, and ephemera for research and collecting purposes. He is happy to take anything you have off your hands or negotiate a fair price for the rarer stuff. Specifically, Ian is looking for:


    Cadence. Female Voices anthology. Edited by Kayla Geitzler and Elizabeth Blanchard. Frog Hollow, 2020.

    Scroll. Wombat Literary Series #1.

    Fiddlehead Poetry Books: especially Fred Cogswell, Stunted Strong (1954), Al Purdy, Emu, Remember! (1956), FIVE NEW BRUNSWICK POETS, but he also has many holes to fill from their 300+ publications.

    Any New Brunswick chapbooks, but especially 9-14, 16-20, 22-23.

    Any books or chapbooks by RM Vaughan or Owl's Head Press.

    Any chapbooks by Joe Blades or Broken Jaw Press or Wild East Publishing Co-operative (they produced the Salamanca Chapbook series).

    "A little something..." series of broadsides by Broken Jaw, Ian needs: 1, 9, 22-25, 28, 31, 36, 37.

    Very early issues of The Fiddlehead: Ian needs 1-17, 23-26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 49, 53, 55, 67, 68 and a broadside I’m a silence so grim” by Milton Acorn which was folded inside spring 1963 issue, no. 56.

    The Cormorant: I need Issues 1.1- 9.1, 10.2, 11.2-12.2, 15.1-onward but happy to have any in duplicate.

    Any back Issues of magazines such as UrchinFloorboardsGerminationQwertyNew Muse of ContemptDooryard PostArtsAtlanticIntervalesFirst EncounterGalleonVoxStudies in Canadian LiteratureEllipsePottersfield Portfolio (esp. the NB-printed ones), etc.

    Any chapbooks, broadsides, etc. by NB authors. Ian would be particularly grateful for NB literary ephemera like printed editions of NB Ink, the WFNB newsletter, old Goose Lane or Broken Jaw catalogues, event/reading posters, programs, brochures, Writing on the Wall exhibition brochures (only missing Nela Rio), newspaper sections like NB Reader, Salon. And in general, anything NB produced or by an NB author.

    Please contact Ian LeTourneau at ian.letourneau@icloud.com if you have any of the above. Thank you!

    A note about our Inkspot Survey

    We sent out a call for information earlier in the summer to help develop our strategic plan and fundraising efforts. We sent a link to a long and boring survey about demographics and program satisfaction and were hoping to get enough responses to be able to measure a decent population size.

    We do know that filling out online surveys about demographics and program satisfaction is not a super exciting summer activity, so we were cautiously optimistic.

    We were very gratified to have received more than eighty completed responses, and lots of actionable suggestions and valuable info. Thank you!

    We drew an email from all of those provided by responders and have sent information to that winner about how to claim their free year of WFNB membership. Congrats!

    Many responders value WordSpring and WordsFall very highly (and the chance they provide to spend time together in community while learning craft and business skills), as well as the opportunities for employment and public outreach that programs like WiSP can provide to writers.

    You'd also like to see more monthly or online workshops, further development of public readings or showcases, the broadening of access to programs, and a solution to the problem of finding and sustaining smaller writing groups.

    Thanks again for the thoughtful and helpful responses you all took the time and effort to share with us. We'll be sharing more information about how we are planning on folding your ideas and priorities into our continued development of WFNB programs and initiatives over the coming months. We're really excited about things to come, so keep an eye out for more updates.

    A word about Writing Groups

    When filling out their member profiles, a great many people tick off the box beside the sentence, "I would like to join a writing group," and others also very often tick off, "I would like to create a writing group."

    We have just updated our list in Inkspot thanks to a recent informative post on our Facebook page, but there are undoubtedly more writing groups that don't take place in Moncton, Saint John or Fredericton.

    Do you have a writers' group that meets elsewhere? From Sackville/Dorchester, up the Acadian coast to Shediac, Bouctouche, Richibucto, all the way to the Miramichi, Bathurst, Campbellton or Edmunston? How about along the Fundy coast, or the Western part of New Brunswick? If you do, and you are open to new writers, please let us know.

    Writing groups are tricky things. There's a certain amount of magic involved in getting a productive group together, and the members themselves must be motivated to create it and keep it running.  But there is no doubt that being involved with a regular, committed writing group helps build the skills of writers and pushes them toward publication.

    In the Inkwell blog in the members-only section, there's a story entitled, "A sprinkle of fairy dust: The magic of Seaside Scribes." This story covers Martha Vowles' 2022 WordSpring workshop on How to Create and Sustain a Healthy, Happy Writing Group - She provided pdfs of her notes on that subject, and they are included at the bottom of the article. This is very practical and helpful.

    Once again, if you run a current writing group within our membership, if you would like to promote your willingness to create a writing group, or know of other writing groups who are accepting new members, please let us know at info@wfnb.ca, so that we can make that information available to those who might be looking for a group with whom to share their work.

    In the meantime, if you do not have a writing group, building relationships with lots of other writers--people who you like and connect to--makes the formation of a writing group (or an invitation to join one) more likely.  I was invited into a small writing group a couple of years ago - only five people, and most live in Sussex/Elgin, so we always meet in Sussex. They are all published writers, at varying levels, and I'm lucky to be included. I drive to meet them once a month from Moncton. It's a 40-minute drive, but I gladly do it because the relationship is valuable. Another person drives from Fredericton in order to attend.

    We have breakfast and read what we're working on, and everyone comments on everyone's work, which is in itself a learning process. I don't find that I make the same insightful comments as the others, who are award-winning writers and editors. These things come with time and experience.

    If you can't find a current group right away, start at least by looking for other writers you might connect with in your community. It's worth the effort. 

    We will be thinking of ways to facilitate community-building for our membership in the future, not just for matching folk together for writing groups, but for all aspects of artistic sharing.



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