Upcoming events

    • 9 Dec 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • via Zoom

    Allan Cooper was unable to offer this session at WordsFall in October, so we've asked him to lead his session in December. Since the weather is mercurial at this time of year, we'll offer this workshop via Zoom.

    In this two - hour workshop, Allan will read various poems about the natural world with commentary, from Thoreau through John Thompson and American poet Mary Oliver, just to give you a taste of what’s been done. For the second part, Allan will ask all of the participants to bring along their own natural object, or a personal object with which they feel a strong connection. He will then lead you through the three part writing process. Allan will also bring along an object which he has written about, and then read his poem, to help you feel more comfortable about the exercise. There will be lots of room for questions and discussions as well.

    For the hard of hearing, the chat function can be utilized for questions, and captioning will be available. We can also make ASL interpretation available, although this must be requested by December 1.

    If for some reason you register and then are unable to attend, we will be recording the session and you can view it with a zoom link afterward for a limited time.

    About Allan Cooper: Allan has published nineteen collections of poetry, including Everything We've Loved Comes Back to Find Us (Gaspereau Press, 2017), Toward the Country of Light: New and Selected Poems (Pottersfield Press, 2018), Waiting for the Small Ship of Desire (Pottersfield Press, 2020), and The Face of Everything (Pottersfield Press, 2023). He has twice won the Alfred G. Bailey Award for poetry manuscript in the NB Writing Competition, and received The New Brunswick Book Awards Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize in 2017 and 2020. He is the founder of Owl's Head Press and has been the editor of the intermittently published literary journal Germination since 1982. Cooper is also a songwriter and performer. His recent musical projects include Rosedale and Songs for a Broken World. He divides his time between his ancestral home in Alma, New Brunswick, and Riverview.

    • 13 Jan 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Live in person at 33 Church Street, Moncton, and online via Zoom

    “Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult”  is a quote widely attributed to various actors on their deathbeds, from Shakespearian actor Sir Edmund Kean who died in 1833, to Jack Lemmon who shuffled off his mortal coil in 2001.

    It’s probably an urban myth that when a famous actor on his deathbed was asked if dying was difficult, he replied that it was easy compared to the challenges poised by doing comedy well.  Like beauty, comedy is subjective and dependent on the beholder’s perception. 

    Marshall Button has spent more than 40 years writing (and often performing) comedy in New Brunswick and across Canada and abroad.  He has been writing a humour column for Brunswick News for seven-and-a-half years.

    In his presentation, Marshall will discuss the many changes in comedy throughout his life and touch on some of the dos and don’ts. Please bring your work to share.

    The workshop will take place at 33 Church Street, Moncton, from one to three pm on Saturday, January 13. There is normally no parking here but the building has the use of the adjacent lot on Saturdays.   Coffee and tea will be served.

    About Marshall Button: 

    Marshall Button is currently the artist-in-residence at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, New Brunswick. Previously, he was the artistic director of the Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg, Ontario where he spent nine years developing new Canadian plays and dividing his time as a writer, director and actor. Best known for his original creation Lucien, he has performed Lucien well over 1,500 times while touring to every Canadian province since the show premiered as a full-length solo play in 1986. Over the years, he has made several visits to CBC Radio, specifically for Morningside with Peter Gzowski, Sunday Morning, and This Morning where his commentaries have covered every topic from the Quebec Referendum to Frank McKenna’s resignation. Lucien has appeared several times on The Halifax Comedy Festival on CBC TV and Madly Off In All Directions for CBC Radio.

    Marshall has made many appearances on television in drama, commercials, and has been the featured story for the CTV National News, CBC’s Midday and The National. He has contributed countless commentary performances for CBC Radio and Television, including a guest appearance on Royal Canadian Airfarce, and on Sportsnet during the 2006 Memorial Cup Hockey Tournament. In 1997, he co-wrote the East Coast Music Awards Television Show where as an actor, he opened and closed the show before a national audience. Recent television credits include three episodes of Daring and Grace, and his most recent film work was as a dialogue coach and actor in David Adams Richards’s The Bay of Love and Sorrows. His duties at the Capitol in Moncton include heading up the successful HubCap Comedy Festival, developing local artistic talent in both official languages and running a theatre-training program for people of all ages.

Past events

27 Oct 2023 WFNB WordsFall 2023: Open Mic Reader
27 Oct 2023 WFNB WordsFall 2023
18 Aug 2023 WFNB August Writers' Retreat
14 Jun 2023 Writers' Federation of NB 2023 Annual General Meeting
3 Jun 2023 2023 WordSpring Festival: Blue Pencil Café
2 Jun 2023 2023 WordSpring Festival: Book Launch Reader
2 Jun 2023 2023 WordSpring Festival: Book Table Reservation
2 Jun 2023 2023 WordSpring Festival: Open Mic Reader
2 Jun 2023 2023 WordSpring Festival
12 Nov 2022 WFNB November Open Mic Night!
5 Nov 2022 The Poetry and Craft of Picture Book Writing--Redux!
1 Oct 2022 WFNB October online Open Mic Night!
9 Sep 2022 WFNB Fall Writers' Retreat
6 Aug 2022 August Open Mic Night
9 Jul 2022 July Open Mic Night
20 Jun 2022 WFNB Annual General Meeting 2022 via Zoom
4 Jun 2022 2022 WordSpring Festival: Blue Pencil Café
3 Jun 2022 2022 WordSpring Festival: Book Launch Reader
3 Jun 2022 2022 WordSpring Festival: Book Table Reservation
3 Jun 2022 2022 WordSpring Festival: Single Room Reservation
3 Jun 2022 2022 WordSpring Festival: Double Room Reservation
3 Jun 2022 2022 WordSpring Festival: Open Mic Reader
3 Jun 2022 2022 WordSpring Festival
7 May 2022 May online Open Mic Night!
2 Apr 2022 April online Open Mic Night!
5 Mar 2022 March Winter Open Mic Night
5 Feb 2022 February Winter Open Mic Night
8 Jan 2022 January Winter Open Mic Night
4 Dec 2021 Winter Open Mic Night (Members Only)
22 Oct 2021 WordsFall 2021
22 Oct 2021 NB Writing Competition Award Readings
26 Aug 2021 Annual General Meeting

© 2021 Writers' Federation of New Brunswick

Territorial Acknowledgement

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.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software