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    • 25 Jul 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • via zoom

    An artsnb presentation to the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick – all about artsnb funding programs and how to create a strong application

    Online Thursday, July 25, 2024 at 6:30 pm, join Tilly Jackson from the New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) to learn all about artsnb’s programs for professional artists and how to create a strong grant application.

    Tilly, an artsnb Program Officer, will tell you everything there is to know about artsnb’s programs, and will provide a few pointers to make your application shine before the jury. The purpose of this presentation is to familiarize you with the process and eligibility criteria of artsnb's grant programs and answer any questions you may have. 

    This information session is free! 

    Following the presentation participants will receive a follow-up email that will include a link to the PowerPoint, a recording of the presentation and links to the resources discussed during the presentation.

    This presentation will be given in English, but Tilly can field questions in French.

    • 23 Aug 2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • 25 Aug 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Villa Madonna, Rothesay
    • 20

    Welcome to the WFNB's 2024 summer writers' retreat at Villa Madonna Retreat Centre in Rothesay. 

    Wouldn't you like to have a weekend of uninterrupted writing time? The WFNB is offering another writers' retreat at Villa Madonna, 115 Villa Madonna Road in Rothesay, on August 23-25. Arrive Friday afternoon, and write until Sunday at lunchtime. No distractions, no responsibilities...and no excuses!

    We must have a minimum of 15 registrants, and a maximum of 25. Villa Madonna offers a very reasonable price for two nights accommodations and all meals.*

    FRIDAY AUG 23:

    Arrival:  3 pm.

    Dinner    5 pm.


    Breakfast 8 am,

    Snack    10 am,

    Lunch   12 pm,

    Snack   2 pm,

    Dinner   5 pm.

    SUNDAY AUG 25:

    Breakfast 8 am

    Snack  10 am

    Wrap-up/Open Mic   11 am

    Lunch  12 pm

    CANCELLATION: Friday, August 16.

    Arrive on Friday after three pm, settle in, and write until Sunday after lunch. All meals are provided on site. There will be an informal gathering to read your work and receive feedback (totally voluntary), nature trails to wander, and common rooms to gather with other writers. Book your reservation to join us and enjoy this time of writing together, alone.**

    You may cancel your reservation up to one week prior to the event, which is Friday, August 11.

    This year, as an added bonus, Art Moore will join us as writer-in-residence. There will be several slots available of 25 minutes each throughout the weekend. The sign-up sheet will be posted on arrival, and it is first come, first served.

    Bio: Gerald Arthur Moore

    Gerald Arthur (Art) Moore is an adventurer, a part-time university lecturer, a high school teacher, and a rugby coach living in Moncton, New Brunswick. Author of the poetry collection Shatter the Glass, Shards of Flame, his work has appeared in Queen’s Quarterly, Vallum, The Antigonish Review, The Nashwaak Review, The Dalhousie Review, Qwerty, Off the Coast, Prairie Fire, Boston Poetry Magazine, Quills, and The Military Review. Moore has led six humanitarian work projects to Haiti since the devastating earthquake there in 2010, and his employment history includes army officer, school teacher, and bootlegger.

    Art's latest poetry collection, Flak Jacket, is now available in bookstores and online.

    Villa Madonna Retreat House engages Childs Catering from Saint John as their caterer. They can accommodate gluten-free dietary needs at no extra charge, but there might be an extra charge for more singular dietary considerations. Contact us for more details. There's a spot to indicate your food restrictions on the registration. Additionally, feel free to bring your own private stash of snacks like chocolate, potato chips, a sip of wine, or whatever else makes you the most productive!

    ** A WORD ABOUT THE RETREAT CENTRE: Not all the rooms have an ensuite bathroom--groups of rooms share a washroom and shower facility in each section of the building. This is not a problem for most people, but if you require your own washroom for health reasons, let us know and we'll try to slot you in an available ensuite room. First come, first served!  

    ALSO: Villa Madonna was built in the 1930s, so wifi is spotty most places, except for the main floor, close to the offices. If you need wifi to do your work, we recommend using the sitting room on the main floor (which is very comfortable.)

Past events

11 Jul 2024 Frances Peck presents: Show, Don't Tell!
13 Jun 2024 Writers' Federation of NB 2024 Annual General Meeting
2 Jun 2024 2024 WordSpring Festival: Blue Pencil Café
31 May 2024 2024 WordSpring Festival: Readings and Book Launch
31 May 2024 2024 WordSpring Festival
8 May 2024 Frances Peck presents: Sentences with Style
16 Mar 2024 Beth Powning workshop - Mining the depths of Memoir and Historical Fiction
23 Feb 2024 WFNB Winter Writers' Retreat
8 Feb 2024 Workshop with Vanessa Hawkins -Ink and Intimacy - via Zoom
13 Jan 2024 Workshop with Marshall Button - Comedy in the Ear of the Beholder
9 Dec 2023 Workshop with Allan Cooper - Object poems and the Nature of Poetry
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

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