W ordSpring is our main annual writing festival and takes place in May. It offers great writing workshops, a Blue Pencil café, readings by national and local authors, book launches by WFNB members, open mic sessions and more.

WordSpring also features a Saturday night Literary Soirée, where our Writing Competition winners receive their awards and give readings. The soirée includes dinner, music and merriment.



WordSpring 2019 will take place at the Université de Moncton on May 24-26.


Venue change for the Friday May 24th WFNB Book Launches. Event will be located at C’est La Vie Cafe, 785 Main Street, Moncton. 4-6pm.
Replacement of KV Johansen’s workshop (May 25, 9AM-12PM) with ‘Fantastic Worlds & Where To Build Them,’ offered by Cary Cafferty.


  • Increase your success in landing a book deal with our Publisher’s Panel featuring three independent presses discussing manuscript acquisitions, the writer/editor relationship and what to expect when your manuscript gets accepted.
  • Everything you need to know about contracts: Learn how to negotiate your publishing contract: workshop with bestselling author, Ann Douglas, on contract negotiations and how to negotiate the best contract for yourself.
  • Self-promotion strategies: Take control of your public profile with self-promotion tips from marketing expert Nathaniel G. Moore.
  • Ramp up your writing: In-depth self-editing workshop with Lee Thompson. Learn deep editing skills to bring your writing to the next level.
  • The lyric poem and the poetry of change with award-winning poet, Amanda Jernigan.
  • Worldbuilding, a workshop in creating the imagined world, with fantasy writer KV Johansen.
  • Plus the usual stellar networking, Blue Pencil Café sessions, open mic readings, book launches, books for sale by authors, huddled conversations over wine…
  • Special invitation to the 2019 New Brunswick Book Awards Ceremony.


To register: Download the registration form and program schedule from the sidebar to the right. Fill out your registration form and send by snail mail (or scan and email to info@wfnb.ca). Payment by e-transfer, cheque or Paypal  (link at right). (IMPORTANT: you must pre-register and pre-pay for this event. By May 17)

For WordSpring 2019, there are various accommodation options at the Université de Moncton. Room rates are noted on the registration form. Please note, reservations for accommodations must be completed independent of WordSpring Festival registration. To reserve a room, please contact: logestival@umoncton.ca.

Please note:  Registration Fees are slightly higher this year. However, accommodation fees are much lower. We are covering the added expense of two breakfasts, which are normally included in your hotel stay. Your lower accommodation fee should balance out the higher registration fee.


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