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.


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
  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
  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
  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
  2. Martha Vowles (Live); How to Start and Sustain a Happy, Healthy Writing Group


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

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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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