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  • 23 Mar 2023 9:06 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    April 27th is poetry day in Ireland. WFNB board member Sandra Bunting is inviting Atlantic Canada poets to write a poem, playing with the theme Message in a Bottle or anything to do with Ireland. One suggestion is for poets to learn new things about Ireland and write about them. It can be a take on Irish modern society, reimagining works of the great Irish writers, mythology, descriptions of its stunning landscape or something our two countries have in common. Try to keep away from the stereotypes and the Hollywood portrayal of Ireland and the Irish. Play and have fun. Experiment. Come up with something new or perhaps you have something that would fit. I am making arrangements for the poems to be delivered in Ireland (unfortunately not in a physical bottle) and to be read by Irish poets. More details to come. Deadline: March 31 Send to

  • 2 Mar 2023 11:01 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    ATTENTION BOOK LOVERS & READERS. Exciting News! THE GREATER MONCTON RIVERVIEW DIEPPE BOOK FAIR is happening. Mark the date in your calendar - April 22nd 10am - 4pm. Over 30 Authors and their books all in one place. Please SHARE with all your friends. Visit our website and meet the authors. New listings everyday.

  • 16 Feb 2023 1:15 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    On Thursday, February 23, Marianne Ward leads the free Editors Canada webinar "Working With an Editor: An Overview for Writers."

    This is your last call to register! 

    Presenter: Marianne Ward
    Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023
    Time: 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
    Length: 1.5 hours
    Language: English
    Level:  Introductory
    Type: Informational
    Price: Free

    Have you always been a little mystified about what it is editors do, or even terrified at the prospect of working with one? This webinar breaks down the editing process (the stages of editing) and describes the relationship between editor and author. Bottom line: there's nothing to fear!

    Can't make it this time?

    We're pleased to announce this webinar will be recorded and posted on our YouTube channel.

    Recordings of many of our recent webinars are now available for sale. When you buy an Editors Canada webinar recording, you'll receive a video file to watch at your leisure on your computer or mobile device. The file is yours to keep, so you can watch it again and again.

    Visit our webinar recordings page to see what's available now. We're adding new recordings regularly and some are available for a limited time only, so be sure to check often.

    Train online with Editors Canada

    Looking for more opportunities to get your training online? Visit our webinars page to learn about our webinar season and meet our topnotch instructors.

  • 10 Feb 2023 12:28 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Are you considering writing your memoir? Is your story ready to come to life in book form? 

    This 90-minute panel from the University of King’s College Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Nonfiction program will illuminate the possibilities of memoir, perhaps inspiring you to pick up that pen! 

    Join our MFA alumni Pauline DakinSue Harper, Jason Schreurs, and RC Shaw for a session on memoir writing on February 12. 

    Register via the link below.

  • 10 Feb 2023 12:17 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Are you considering writing your memoir? 

    Is your story ready to come to life in book form? 

    This 90-minute panel from the University of King’s College Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Nonfiction program will illuminate the possibilities of memoir, perhaps inspiring you to pick up that pen! 

    Join our MFA alumni Pauline DakinSue Harper, Jason Schreurs, and RC Shaw for a session on memoir writing on February 12. 

    Register via the link below.

  • 7 Feb 2023 9:48 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    WFNB member Dr. Gerard Collins will be reading from The Hush Sisters at the central branch of the Saint John Public Library on Feb. 24 at 3 PM.

    The following day, Feb. 25, 10:30 AM to 1 PM, he's offering a workshop entitled "The Art of Storytelling".

    The reading is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, through The Writers Union of Canada. Gerard is an award-winning novelist and short story writer who has read from his work and taught writing classes at the Louisiana Book Festival and Newcastle University in the UK, among others. For more information on Gerard, visit his website:

    To register for the Saturday workshop, contact the author at: Workshop fee is $85.

    Admission for the Friday afternoon reading is free, and all are welcome.

  • 1 Feb 2023 12:51 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Marie-Célie Agnant - Photo credit : © Marc-Antoine Zouéki February 1, 2023 – Ottawa – The Speaker of the Senate, the Honourable George J. Furey, and the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Honourable Anthony Rota, announced today the appointment of Marie-Célie Agnant as Canada’s new Parliamentary Poet Laureate, effective January 1, 2023. Ms. Agnant is the 10th poet to hold this office, succeeding Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer.

    Marie-Célie Agnant was selected by the Speakers from a short list of candidates submitted by the Selection Committee, chaired by Dr. Heather Lank, Parliamentary Librarian, and composed of Raymond Théberge, Commissioner of Official Languages; Leslie Weir, Librarian and Archivist of Canada; and Jesse Wente, Chair, Canada Council for the Arts (represented by Joanne Larocque-Poirier, Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary).

    Born in Haiti, Marie-Célie Agnant has lived in Quebec since 1970. Active in the literary scene for 27 years, she has a substantial body of work for which she has won awards both within Canada and abroad. She has published three books of poetry, including Femmes des terres brûlées, which won the 2017 Alain-Grandbois poetry award from the Académie des lettres du Québec. Through her poetry, she explores themes, both timeless and contemporary, such as equality, justice, solitude, the status of women and racism.


    “Through her powerful writing and her social and community engagement, Ms. Agnant conveys the importance of a more equitable and supportive society— especially to young people. Indeed, several emerging writers have acknowledged the influence of Ms. Agnant and her work.”
    – The Honourable George J. Furey, K.C., Speaker of the Senate

    “Ms. Agnant’s work extends well beyond the words themselves. She demonstrates her humanity and commitment to the cause of oppressed people. Her writing radiates justice and resistance, gives readers courage, moves them and prompts reflection.”
    – Honourable Anthony Rota, Speaker of the House of Commons

    “I’m very eager to make the most of this new experience by extending a hand to children and leading them toward the enchanting realm of poetry. Thank you for this opportunity.”
    – Marie-Célie Agnant, 10th Parliamentary Poet Laureate

    The Parliamentary Poet Laureate Program

    Federal legislators created the position of Parliamentary Poet Laureate in 2001 to build awareness of the reading and writing of poetry. Pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate may perform a range of duties, including composing poetry, particularly for use in Parliament on important occasions; sponsoring poetry readings; advising the Parliamentary Librarian on enriching the cultural holdings of the Library’s collections; and performing related duties at the request of the Speaker of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Commons or the Parliamentary Librarian.

    Biographical notes and a photo of Marie-Célie Agnant are available online.

  • 23 Jan 2023 10:19 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    If this is your year to dedicate time and energy to your writing, join professional, award-winning authors Dr. Gerard Collins and Janie Simpson on a small group, 11-day writing retreat in London and the Cotswolds, March 18-28 or April 10-20.

    With only eight rooms available, space is very limited on this 11-day retreat, where you can enjoy the blooming warmth of an English spring before the tourist season begins. In London, you’ll stay at the Mad Hatter Hotel near ancient pubs where Dickens, Johnson, Twain, Yeats, Tennyson, and Orwell visited, wrote, and set stories. Then, it’s off to the Cotswolds and the luxurious Abbots Grange manor house, built in 1320 and voted the best B&B in Britain.

    This intimate retreat is built for writers of all genres and experience levels, and as writers themselves, Gerard and Janie get it: writers want a thoughtful blend of plenty of alone time for writing as well as literary-focused short tours and group readings and workshops, and that’s how they structure Go and Write! retreats.

    Based in New Brunswick, Janie and Gerard have been hosting writing retreats since 2016. Gerard, originally from Newfoundland, has won and been nominated for many awards and has taught university English literature for over two decades – Gerard will conduct workshops and meet with you one-on-one to discuss your writing. Janie, a graduate of the UNB’s English program, is the chief administrator for Go and Write! and is, herself, an award-winning fiction writer and poet.

    Costs start at $4,995 CAD. Visit for more information and to register.

  • 18 Jan 2023 12:17 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Call for Applications - Access Copyright Foundation Marian Hebb Research Grants. Deadline: February 15, 2023

    Access Copyright Foundation has begun to accept applications for its next round of funding for Marian Hebb Research Grants.

    The Foundation’s Marian Hebb Research Grant program supports inquiry, information gathering and exploration by individuals and organizations relevant to Canadian publishing, writing and visual arts, and toward the realization of a publishable work in progress.

    If this sounds like work you are currently undertaking, we encourage you to consider applying for an Access Copyright Foundation Marian Hebb Research Grant.

    Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

    To apply for a grant, please visit the SK Arts Portal. The Foundation’s grants program is administered by SK Arts.

    Learn more about the Foundation’s Marian Hebb Research Grant program

    Visit the Foundation's website or download its Application Guidelines (please refer to pages 14-19).

    Virtual and at-home research funding option for creators is now permanent

    At the beginning of 2021, the Foundation expanded eligibility so that creators had the option to submit a Research Grant application to cover virtual and at-home research, up to a maximum of $3,000, for expenses such as local transportation, video conferencing and other online services in addition to the option of applying for a research grant involving travel, up to a maximum of $7,500. As of this year’s Marian Hebb Research Grant application call, creators are now permanently eligible to apply for funding for virtual and at-home research.

    Important eligibility information about Access Copyright Foundation’s granting programs

    Access Copyright Foundation wants to make sure its granting programs provide the widest and most equitable opportunity to those communities that the Foundation serves. That’s why the following eligibility restrictions are in place for grant recipients:

    • Applicants may be awarded a maximum of two Foundation grants within a 24-month period;
    • Successful grant applicants must wait two years before applying for another grant in the same category. For example, an individual or organization that was awarded a Marian Hebb Research Grant for 2022 will be able to apply again in 2024.


  • 17 Jan 2023 2:06 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Whether you’ve got the seed of a book idea, a file full of preliminary research or simply a growing desire to tackle a bigger project, this 90-minute panel from the University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction program can help you figure out what your next steps should be. (Spoiler: Yes, an MFA program can help, and yes, you can do it on your own as well.) 

    Join MFA alumni Gregor Craigie, Laura Pratt, Marilyn Carr, Christian Smith, and Susan MacLeod for a session on transitioning into book writing from another career.

    Panelists will bring perspectives from various fields – journalism, research, academia, communications, and freelance – in sharing their stories of earning an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and publishing the manuscripts they developed in their time at King’s. 

    Ideal if you’re interested in the MFA program—and useful even to those who wish to pursue a book project independently.

    Register for this free online webinar: 

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