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Cancellation of WordSpring due COVID-19

18 Mar 2020 8:45 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)


It is with a heavy heart that the Writers’ Federation has decided to cancel WordSpring this year. Our venue, St. Thomas University, has cancelled all events which left us with no choice. This year’s AGM and Award Ceremony have also been cancelled. We will monitor the situation as it progresses to determine when we can reschedule events.

After months of preparation, this cancellation is a blow for all of us. Thank you to our WordSpring committee and to all the workshop facilitators and panelists.

For those members who pre-registered, I will be refunding your payments.

Please note the Frye Festival is cancelled as well.

In these uncertain times, we are all hunkered down at home, in isolation. Events are unfolding in slow motion and super speed simultaneously. Many of us are working from home while watching our children, who no longer go to school. Although it is hard to tune out, I hope you unplug from the news cycle and find ways to engage your mind in creative ways.

As in any emergency, artists are initiating all kinds of creative projects to respond to the situation. Many writers are posting regular writing prompts, offering free writing advice, and giving readings online. For now, I will gather what I can on our Facebook site. In time, I hope to send you updates for online writing opportunities through email.

My best to you all,

Shoshanna Wingate
Executive Director
Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick

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