WordSpring is our main annual writing festival, and takes place in late May or early June. 

    • 31 May 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • 2 Jun 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Rodd Park House Inn, The Alma City Club, Moncton

    WordSpring is in Moncton May 31 - June 2

    If you can't attend for the whole weekend, we have a range of options for you.

    Whether you are a student, a member, or a non-member, you can find something to enjoy during this 3 day festival. Remember that the Friday night Literary Soiree celebrating the winners of 2024 NB Writing Competition, as well as the New Brunswick Book Awards on Saturday night are open to the public, and free to attend.

    1. Stay for the weekend

    This includes all activities from Friday afternoon to Sunday at noon. Accommodations are separate from the festival ticket, but we have group rates available at the Rodd Inn for a limited time.

    2. Buy a Saturday pass

    This includes James Mullinger's marketing workshop in the morning, a choice of three workshops in the afternoon, and lunch. 

    3. Attend one workshop

    You can choose one of our many available workshops, from James Mullinger's marketing workshop on Saturday morning, to one of the three writing craft workshops on Saturday afternoon, or one of two on Sunday morning.

    If you have trouble registering, contact us at 506-974-1476, and we'll assist you.

    This year, WordSpring takes place in Moncton, hosted by the wonderful staff at the Rodd Moncton Inn, 434 Main Street, as well as the Alma City Club, 114 Alma Street, Moncton.

    Our Friday night Literary Soiree celebrating the winners of the 2024 NB Writing Competition will take place at The Empress Theatre (in the Capitol Theatre building) 201 Robinson Street.

    The ninth annual NB Book Awards--which is a free event, and open to the public-- will be held on Saturday evening at the Moncton Press Club, 160 Assomption Blvd, and emceed by Jonna Brewer of CBC. Our guest speaker is Pamela Mullinger, co-publisher of EDIT magazine.

    We have a great lineup of workshops for you to enjoy, including the fabulous and very generous James Mullinger, who will teach us about marketing for writers, in a seminar and workshop exclusive to WordSpring! 

    Register soon! WordSpring 2024 is only a few  months away. 

    Please Note - one big change this year:

    We’re not organizing book tables on Friday afternoon this year because we can't guarantee any foot traffic. Instead, we will set up a merchandise table on Friday afternoon at the Rodd. We will also set up the table later on during the Literary Soiree at the Empress Theatre. We will allow those who are launching books at WordSpring to sign up for us to sell your books on consignment in our shop.

    Please advise us at info@wfnb.ca as soon as you sign up for the book launch readings, if you would like us to sell your books on consignment on Friday. Please note that every author is responsible to carry their books to and from the merchandise table.


    A block of 20 double rooms is currently reserved for WFNB registrants of WordSpring 2024 at Rodd Moncton, 434 Main Street at the group rate of $139.99 plus tax per night for queen double rooms, and $119.99 plus tax per night for King rooms.  Everyone must book a room on or before May 01,2024 or they will not be able to book rooms after this date at the group rate. Any rooms not booked by this date will be released from the group block.

    First identify that you wish to book a room under the group name, “WFNB (Writers Federation of New Brunswick)” May 31-June 2,2024. Then use the booking confirmation number 1713926 for general group bookings/Delegates.

    Call the hotel direct at 506-382-1664 at The Rodd Moncton Hotel or Call toll-free reservations at 1-800-565-RODD (7633). You can also book through the online booking link. Guest room enquiries should be directed to our front desk team at moncton@roddvacations.com or by calling the front desk at 506-382-1664.

    WordSpring Schedule

    Friday May 31, 2024


    Rodd Moncton Inn

    • Registration
    • Book launch sale / Merch table, provided by WFNB (see book launch details).


    Rodd Moncton Inn

    • Open Mic and Book Launch readings in the Dieppe Room, hosted by Jenna Morton.
    • Coffee/tea/refreshment
    • Dinner on your own


    Empress Theatre: 201 Robinson Street, Moncton

    NB Writing Competition Literary Soiree Open to the Public

    • 6:00 -­ 6:30 pm: Reception (cash bar). Music by Paul Toner.
    • 6:30 pm:  Welcome by the Board, introducing our sponsors and our hosts for the evening.
    • 6:45 - 8:00 pm: First set of award readings, co-hosted by Susan White and Martha Vowles
    • 8:00 pm: Intermission. Music by Paul Toner 
    • 8:15 - 9:45 pm:  Final set of award readings, co-hosted by Susan White and Martha Vowles.

    Saturday June 1, 2024


    Rodd Moncton Inn

    • 8:00 - 9:00 am: Breakfast for participants staying at the Rodd
    • 9:00 - 11:00 am : Marketing for Writers, by James Mullinger in the Dieppe Room. Everyone attends.
    • 11: 00 - 12:00 pm: Free time before lunch. Stroll the nearby waterfront, feed the birds, do some writing. 
    • 12:00 - 12:45 pm: Lunch in the Breakfast Room


    Three workshop options for Saturday afternoon:

    Eva Allen: Releasing the Splendour Thandiwe McCarthy: Talking Trouble
    Neil Sampson: Putting my Stamp on Postcard Stories (It's really all about me.)
    Fiction and Nonfiction for beginner to intermediate Spoken Word Poetry Micro Fiction
    1:00pm - 3:30pm 1:00pm - 3:00pm 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Alma City Club: 114 Alma Street
    Breakfast Room, Rodd Moncton Inn Dieppe Room, Rodd Moncton Inn


    Dinner on your own

    Join us to celebrate the ninth annual NB Book Awards!


    Moncton Press Club: 160 Assomption Blvd

    • 6:00 - 7:00 pm: Book Awards Reception. Music by Chris Colepaugh
    • 7:00 - 8:00 pm: Live ceremony - first half - hosted by Jonna Brewer: CBC
    • 8:00 pm: Guest Speaker Pamela Mullinger: Co-Founder and Publishing Director of EDIT magazine
    • 8:10 - 9:00 pm: Live ceremony - second half - hosted by Jonna Brewer: CBC

    Book Table provided by: Tidewater Books and Browsery, Sackville

    Trophies provided by: Glass Roots Inc. Saint John 

    Sunday June 2, 2024


    Rodd Moncton Inn

    8:00 am: Breakfast for participants staying at the Rodd


    Two workshop options for Sunday morning

    Chuck Bowie: The Art of the Sequel Part Two Martha Vowles: Weaving Stories from Memories 
    Fiction for intermediate to advanced An introduction to Memoir
    9:30 - 11:30am 9:30 - 11:30am
    Dieppe Room, Rodd Moncton Inn Alma City Club: 114 Alma Street


    Alma City Club: 114 Alma Street

    Blue Pencil Cafe

    Checklist for Members

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

    Reserve a room, if needed, at the Rodd Moncton before May 1.


    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


    The Brennan Family, on behalf of the WFNB

    • 31 May 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 5

    You must pay your registration for the 2024 WordSpring Festival (Weekend Pass Only) before reserving your spot as a reader.

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

    • Must be WFNB member
    • Must be a 2024 WordSpring Weekend Pass registrant
    • Limited registration: First come-first served

    • 2 Jun 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 11

    You must pay your registration for the 2024 WordSpring Festival before reserving your spot in the Blue Pencil Café session. Deadline for registration to the Blue Pencil Cafe is May 27, 2024.

    Twenty 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. 
    • WordSpring 2024 Weekend Pass registrants 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.

"As a member, board member and president of WFNB during the last twenty some years, I want to congratulate the people – and I am not sure who they are but they should be named in brightest of colours—for not just keeping the WFNB up and running during very tough times but in pulling together what I’ve heard to have been a glorious, inventive Word Spring and the NB Book Awards.  Nancy Bauer’s name has come to me from friends who heard her wise words that brought tears and cheers. 

I was not able to come, but in spirit was there.

Those of you who have been the glue that has kept our cherished organization together and growing  during these Covid -rattled times deserve thunderous rounds of applause. I thank you from the bottom of my aging heart."

Marilyn Lerch, Sackville

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