WordSpring

WordSpring is our main annual writing festival and takes place in the spring. WordSpring 2021 included creative writing workshops, workshops focusing on the business side of writing, and panels about the journey to publication. 

WFNB thanks Access Copyright Foundation and the Government of New Brunswick for their support.

WFNB gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture; and the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. #ArtsCultureNB




IMPORTANT: You must register and pay for this event by May 23.

Doesn't it feel like forever since we've been together? WordSpring 2022 is a reprise of plans set forth in 2020, which had to be cancelled due to Covid19 restrictions. But we're back, and we have a great lineup of workshops and presenters, including our fabulous keynote speaker Lesley Crewe. Register soon! WordSpring 2022 is only six weeks away.

Program

Friday June 3, 2022

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Dinner on your own

6:45 - 7:00 pm

  • Welcome from WFNB President and WFNB Board Member, Angele Bourque
  • First Nation Opening Ceremony – Roche Sappier

7:00 - 7:15 pm

7:15 - 10 pm

  • Writing Competition Awards and Reception (appetizers and cash bar); co-hosted by Susan White and Martha Vowles

Saturday June 4, 2022

8:00 - 8:45 am

  • Breakfast
  • Registration

9:00 - 10:00 am

10:00 -10:15 am

  • Nutrition Break

10:15 -11:45 am - Workshop Options

  1. Sandra Phinney (Virtual); The Power of Prompts
    OR
  2. Kathy Mac (Live and Virtual); Wording Around with Editing: Overview, and Substantive Editing

11:45 -1:00

  • Lunch and 2022 Annual General Meeting. All WFNB members are welcome. Includes election of directors and executive.

1:15 - 2:30 pm - Workshops Options

  1. Sandra Phinney (repeated Virtual performance); The Power of Prompts
    OR
  2. Kathy Mac (Live and Virtual); Wording Around with Editing: Editing for Style, and Workshopping

2:30 – 2:45 pm

  • Nutrition Break

2:45 – 4:00 pm - Workshop Options

  1. Gordon Mihan (Live); Screenwriting - How to Set Yourself Up For Success in a Visual Medium
    OR
  2. (3:00 – 4:00 pm) Peter Clair’s Writing Journey (Live); An interview with Peter, hosted by Zev Bagel

4:15 -5:15

  • Blue Pencil Café – 20 minutes of one-on-one consultation with a facilitator who reviews your work: 1,000 words of prose or five pages of poetry. Pre-registration required.

Dinner on your own

6:00 - 7:00 pm

  • NB Book Awards Reception, Memorial Hall UNB, Fredericton, NB

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • NB Book Awards Ceremony, Memorial Hall UNB, Fredericton, NB

Sunday June 5, 2022

8:00 - 9:00 am

  • Breakfast
  • First Nation Closing Ceremony; Roche Sappier

9:15 - 10:15 am - Workshop

  1. Jen McGrath (Live); The Poetry and Craft of Picture Book Writing
    OR
  2. Martha Vowles (Live); How to Start and Sustain a Happy, Healthy Writing Group

Accommodations

St. Thomas University no longer runs a summer hotel, but the WFNB has reserved a block of ten rooms, five single and five double. They can be reserved on a first come, first served basis. No refunds will be issued after May 20.

For alternative accommodations in the Fredericton area, check Fredericton Tourism: https://www.tourismfredericton.ca/en/stay

Checklist for Members

Make sure you didn't forget to register for anything with limited space!


WordSpring Schedule

    • 3 Jun 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • 5 Jun 2022
    • 11:30 AM
    • St. Thomas University
    Register

    IMPORTANT: You must register and pay for this event by June 1.

    Doesn't it feel like forever since we've been together? WordSpring 2022 is a reprise of plans set forth in 2020, which had to be cancelled due to Covid19 restrictions. But we're back, and we have a great lineup of workshops and presenters, including our fabulous keynote speaker Lesley Crewe. Register soon! WordSpring 2022 is only six weeks away.

    Program

    Friday June 3, 2022

    3:00 - 5:00 pm

    Dinner on your own

    6:45 - 7:00 pm

    • Welcome from WFNB President and WFNB Board Member, Angele Bourque
    • First Nation Opening Ceremony – Roche Sappier

    7:00 - 7:15 pm

    7:15 - 10 pm

    • Writing Competition Awards and Reception (appetizers and cash bar); co-hosted by Susan White and Martha Vowles

    Saturday June 4, 2022

    8:00 - 8:45 am

    • Breakfast
    • Registration

    9:00 - 10:00 am

    10:00 -10:15 am

    • Nutrition Break

    10:15 -11:45 am - Workshop Options

    1. Sandra Phinney (virtual); The Power of Prompts
      OR
    2. Kathy Mac (Live and Virtual); Wording Around with Editing: Overview, and Substantive Editing

    11:45 -1:00

    • Lunch and 2022 Annual General Meeting. All WFNB members are welcome. Includes election of directors and executive.

    1:15 - 2:30 pm - Workshops Options

    1. Sandra Phinney (Repeated virtual performance); The Power of Prompts
      OR
    2. Kathy Mac (Live and Virtual); Wording Around with Editing: Editing for Style, and Workshopping

    2:30 – 2:45 pm

    • Nutrition Break

    2:45 – 4:00 pm - Workshop Options

    1. Gordon Mihan (Live); Screenwriting - How to Set Yourself Up For Success in a Visual Medium
      OR
    2. (3:00 – 4:00 pm) Peter Clair’s Writing Journey (Live); An interview with Peter, hosted by Zev Bagel

    4:15 -5:15

    • Blue Pencil Café – 20 minutes of one-on-one consultation with a facilitator who reviews your work: 1,000 words of prose or five pages of poetry. Pre-registration required.

    Dinner on your own

    6:00 - 7:00 pm

    • NB Book Awards Reception, Memorial Hall UNB, Fredericton, NB

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    • NB Book Awards Ceremony, Memorial Hall UNB, Fredericton, NB

    Sunday June 5, 2022

    8:00 - 9:00 am

    • Breakfast
    • First Nation Closing Ceremony; Roche Sappier

    9:15 - 10:15 am - Workshop

    Accommodations

    St. Thomas University no longer runs a summer hotel, but the WFNB has reserved a block of ten rooms, five single and five double. They can be reserved on a first come, first served basis. No refunds will be issued after May 20.

    For alternative accommodations in the Fredericton area, check Fredericton Tourism: https://www.tourismfredericton.ca/en/stay

    Checklist for Members

    Make sure you didn't forget to register for anything with limited space!

    WFNB gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture; and the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. #ArtsCultureNB


    • 3 Jun 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 2
    Register

    You must pay your registration for the 2022 WordSpring Festival before reserving your spot as a reader for the Open Mic session.

    I will read a 4-minute excerpt from my work.

    • Must be WFNB member
    • Limited registration: First come-first served


    • 3 Jun 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    You must pay your registration for the 2022 WordSpring Festival before reserving your book table.

    I want to reserve a table for selling my books.

    • Table provided
    • Authors are responsible for managing their book tables
    • 3 Jun 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • 5 Jun 2022
    • 11:30 AM
    • St. Thomas University Campus, Fredericton NB
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    You must pay your registration for the 2022 WordSpring Festival before reserving your single room on the St. Thomas campus.

    Reservation includes:

    • Two-night stay
    • HST
    • WiFi
    • Parking
    • Bedding
    No refunds after May 20.


    • 3 Jun 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • 5 Jun 2022
    • 11:30 AM
    • St. Thomas University Campus, Fredericton NB
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    You must pay your registration for the 2022 WordSpring Festival before reserving your double room on the St. Thomas campus.

    Reservation includes:

    • Two-night stay
    • HST
    • WiFi
    • Parking
    • Bedding
    No refunds after May 20.


    • 3 Jun 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 6
    Register

    You must pay your registration for the 2022 WordSpring Festival before reserving your spot as a reader for the Book Launch session.

    I will read a 4-minute excerpt from my newly published book.

    • Must be WFNB member
    • Book published within the last 2 years
    • Limited registration: First come-first served


    • 4 Jun 2022
    • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
    • 8
    Register

    You must pay your registration for the 2022 WordSpring Festival before reserving your spot in the Blue Pencil Café session. Deadline for registration to the Blue Pencil Cafe is May 28, 2022.

    20 minutes of one-on-one consultation with a facilitator who reviews your work: 1000 words of prose or five pages of poetry. For WFNB Members only. Numbers are limited, so register for this early: first come-first served. WFNB will contact you with details of where, when, and how to send your submission.

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The Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick acknowledges that the land on which we live, work and gather is the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples, and we honour the spirit of our ancestors’ Treaties of Peace and Friendship.

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