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Beth Powning workshop - Mining the depths of Memoir and Historical Fiction

  • 16 Mar 2024
  • 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Live in person in Markhamville, and online via Zoom


  • Tune into Beth's workshop via Zoom
  • Tune into Beth's workshop via zoom


Memoir and historical fiction are two genres that seem to dovetail nicely, since the same spirit of examination and discovery weave through both forms of storytelling.

This dovetailing of genres is evident in the works of New Brunswick's own Beth Powning. She is a best-selling historical novelist who is also a popular memoirist. Her website tagline states the Journey and Destination are One and the Same.

To wrap up our fall/winter professional development series, the WFNB is pleased to present a workshop led by Beth on Saturday, March 16, where we will discuss the process of writing in both memoir and historical fiction.

Beth will welcome seven in-person participants* (for members only) to her home in the  Sussex region. We will also create a zoom event for those not lucky enough to be there in person, so that can you can participate as the workshop is happening. The session will be recorded for registrants to review later.

Arrival: 10: 15 am

Morning Session: 10:30 am - noon - Memoir

Beth will teach and answer questions until noon. Bring paper and pen to take notes!

Lunch: 12 noon - 12:45 pm (Brown-bagging it,  but coffee and tea will be provided.)

Afternoon session: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Historical Fiction

Beth will talk for an hour and field questions for 30 minutes. 

*In-person registrants will be contacted separately with directions and other details. Beth is a happy cat owner, so if you're allergic, please be aware!

About Beth Powning:

Beth Powning lives in New Brunswick, Canada. She is the author of four novels and three books of literary non-fiction, as well as articles, essays and blog posts. A full-time writer, she teaches workshops, sings in a chorus, serves on boards and committees, makes baskets, gardens, photographs, and keeps chickens. Her latest novel, The Sister’s Tale, published May 2021, was an immediate Canadian bestseller, hitting #3 on both The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail bestsellers lists. It is available both in Canada and in the US.

She is working on a new novel.

This event is made possible by Tourism Heritage Culture NB, and The Canada Council for the Arts #bringing the arts to life

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