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WordsFall 2021

  • 22 Oct 2021
  • 24 Oct 2021
  • 5 sessions
  • 22 Oct 2021, 6:30 PM 9:00 PM (ADT)
  • 23 Oct 2021, 9:30 AM 12:00 PM (ADT)
  • 23 Oct 2021, 1:30 PM 4:00 PM (ADT)
  • 23 Oct 2021, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (ADT)
  • 24 Oct 2021, 9:30 AM 12:00 PM (ADT)
  • Via Zoom


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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

Due to the large spike in COVID cases in NB, as well as the declared state of emergency that may continue for much longer than we'd like, WordsFall is moving to ZOOM.

Check out the details below and register soon. Same lineup, new format, at a lower price for both members and non-members.

We are all tired of online meetings, but the WFNB is thankful that the technology exists to meet each other, even though we're far apart.

Please join us!


Friday, October 22, 2021

6:30 pm via Zoom: Award readings, given by the winners of this year’s New Brunswick Writing Competition. Free to the public!

Saturday, October 23, 2021

9:30 to noon (includes a 15-minute break)

 Workshop 1. Acting for Writers—Chris Fulton with Ryan Barton. Viewing action and dialogue from the perspective of an actor will make you make a better writer. Join Chris and Ryan as they demonstrate how to improve dialog and delivery, along with some screenwriting basics.

Chris is a long-time member of the NB Filmmakers' Co-operative.  His films were a staple of Silverwave Film Festivals from 2007 through 2013, picking up three screenwriting awards along the way.  Chris's films have also screened across New Brunswick and in PEI and Nova Scotia.  In 2015, a feature co-written with fellow co-op member Danny Thebeau premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival. Since writing and directing his first short, Chris has been active in teaching the craft of screenwriting, delivering well over a dozen workshops across the province on behalf of the NB Filmmakers' Co-operative. In addition to film, Chris is equally productive in theatre, premiering two one-act plays with Notable Acts Theatre; "Hardwire" in 2010, and "Vanceboro" in 2012. Chris is currently at the early stages of writing new short film scripts and playscripts for festival submission.  He lives in Sussex, New Brunswick, with his great kids, fabulous wife, and Golden dog.

Chris will be assisted by Ryan Barton, who is an actor and radio host from Fredericton, NB.  He has appeared in a number of NB produced feature films (Owl River Runners, Queen of the Andes, Entropic) and short films ranging from comedy to drama and action.

1:30 to 4:00 pm (includes 15-minute break)

Workshop 2. The Art of Storytelling—Elinor Benjamin. Learn how the sharing a verbal story creates community with others and is the precursor to the written word. Participate in exercises that will help you draw in listeners and refine your story.

Elinor Benjamin comes to us from Halifax, where she serves as president of the NS chapter of Storyteller of Canada. This organization is devoted to connecting people, reflecting culture, and inspiring discovery through the art of the storytelling. Elinor will present the basics of storytelling and offer some exercises to help participants foster the sense of community that comes from experiencing a shared story.

6:00 pm-8:30 pm


Hosted by Kathy Mac

Take a couple of hours to join our virtual writing room, chat for a few minutes with other stranger-friends along the way, and then settle in to write together. Even though we're in different places, perhaps it might be just the social time you need to inspire you. 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

9:30 am to noon (includes 15 minute break)

Workshop 3. Social Media for Authors—Nathaniel Moore. Keep updated on online promotion strategies for authors, for both independent and traditionally-published writers. And how do we maintain our authenticity in a 24-7 social world, where connection commodifies friendship?

Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of nine books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, including, most recently, the poetry collection Constrictor and the book of essays on Canadian publishing and publicity, Honorarium. He has worked in publishing in four different provinces and has won the ReLit Award for Best Novel. His writing has appeared in the National Post, the Maritime Edit, Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and other media outlets across Canada. He has lectured on Canadian publishing for two decades at universities and festivals, and he runs Moorehype, a boutique publicity firm out of Fredericton, where he lives with his wife, the writer Amber McMillan. moorehype.com

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

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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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