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WordSpring 2024

WordSpring is coming to Moncton

This year we will be hosted by the wonderful staff at the Rodd Moncton Inn, 434 Main Street, as well as the Alma City Club, 114 Alma Street, Moncton. Our Friday night Literary Soirée celebrating the winners of the 2024 NB Writing Competition will take place at The Empress Theatre (in the Capitol Theatre building) 201 Robinson Street.

The ninth annual NB Book Awards - which is a free event, and open to the public - will be held on Saturday evening at the Moncton Press Club, 160 Assomption Blvd, and emceed by Jonna Brewer of CBC. Our guest speaker is Pamela Mullinger, co-publisher of EDIT magazine.

We have a great lineup of workshops for you to enjoy, including the fabulous and very generous James Mullinger, who will teach us about marketing for writers, in a seminar and workshop exclusive to WordSpring! 

Whether you are a student, a member, or a non-member, you can find something to enjoy during this 3 day festival. Remember that the Friday night Literary Soiree and the New Brunswick Book Awards on Saturday night are open to the public and free to attend.

If you can't attend for the whole weekend, we have a range of options for you.

1. Stay for the weekend

This includes all activities from Friday afternoon to Sunday at noon. Accommodations are separate from the festival ticket, but we have group rates available at the Rodd Inn for a limited time.

2. Buy a Saturday pass

This includes James Mullinger's marketing workshop in the morning, a choice of three workshops in the afternoon, and lunch. 

3. Attend one workshop

You can choose one of our many available workshops, from James Mullinger's marketing workshop on Saturday morning, to one of the three writing craft workshops on Saturday afternoon, or one of two on Sunday morning.


A block of 20 double rooms is currently reserved for WFNB registrants of WordSpring 2024 at Rodd Moncton, 434 Main Street at the group rate of $139.99 plus tax per night for queen double rooms, and $119.99 plus tax per night for King rooms.  Everyone must book a room on or before May 01,2024 or they will not be able to book rooms after this date at the group rate. Any rooms not booked by this date will be released from the group block.

First identify that you wish to book a room under the group name, “WFNB (Writers Federation of New Brunswick)” May 31-June 2,2024. Then use the booking confirmation number 1713926 for general group bookings/Delegates.

Call the hotel direct at 506-382-1664 at The Rodd Moncton Hotel or Call toll-free reservations at 1-800-565-RODD (7633). You can also book through the online booking link. Guest room enquiries should be directed to our front desk team at or by calling the front desk at 506-382-1664.

Please Note - one big change this year:

We’re not organizing book tables on Friday afternoon this year because we can't guarantee any foot traffic. Instead, we will set up a merchandise table on Friday afternoon at the Rodd. We will also set up the table later on during the Literary Soiree at the Empress Theatre. We will allow those who are launching books at WordSpring to sign up for us to sell your books on consignment in our shop.

Please advise us at as soon as you sign up for the book launch readings, if you would like us to sell your books on consignment on Friday. Please note that every author is responsible to carry their books to and from the merchandise table.

If you have trouble registering, contact us at 506-974-1476, and we'll assist you.

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Event Schedule and Line-up

Friday May 31, 2024


Rodd Moncton Inn

  • Registration
  • Book launch sale / Merch table, provided by WFNB (see book launch details).


Rodd Moncton Inn


Empress Theatre: 201 Robinson Street, Moncton

NB Writing Competition Literary Soiree Open to the Public

  • 6:00 -­ 6:45 pm: Reception (cash bar). Music by Paul Toner.
  • 6:45 pm:  Welcome by the Board, introducing our sponsors and our hosts for the evening.
  • 7:00 - 8:00 pm: First set of award readings, co-hosted by Susan White and Martha Vowles
  • 8:00 pm: Intermission. Music by Paul Toner 
  • 8:20 - 9:45 pm:  Final set of award readings, co-hosted by Susan White and Martha Vowles.

Saturday June 1, 2024


Rodd Moncton Inn

  • 8:00 - 9:00 am: Breakfast for participants staying at the Rodd
  • 9:00 - 11:00 am : Marketing for Writers, by James Mullinger in the Dieppe Room. Everyone attends.
  • 11: 00 - 11:45 pm: Free time before lunch. Stroll the nearby waterfront, feed the birds, do some writing. 
  • 11:45 - 12:45 pm: Lunch in the Breakfast Room


Three workshop options for Saturday afternoon:

Alma City Club

Breakfast Room: Rodd Inn

Dieppe Room: Rodd Inn

Eva Allen: Releasing the SplendourThandiwe McCarthy: Talking TroubleNeil Sampson: Putting my Stamp on Postcard Stories (It's really all about me).
 Fiction and Nonfiction for beginner to intermediate 
Spoken Word Poetry
 Micro Fiction


Dinner on your own

Join us to celebrate the ninth annual NB Book Awards!


Moncton Press Club: 160 Assomption Blvd

  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm: Book Awards Reception. Music by Chris Colepaugh
  • 7:00 - 8:00 pm: Live ceremony - first half - hosted by Jonna Brewer: CBC
  • 8:00 pm: Guest Speaker Pamela Mullinger: Co-Founder and Publishing Director of EDIT magazine
  • 8:10 - 9:00 pm: Live ceremony - second half - hosted by Jonna Brewer: CBC

Book Table provided by: Tidewater Books and Browsery, Sackville

Trophies provided by: Glass Roots Inc. Saint John 

Sunday June 2, 2024


Rodd Moncton Inn

8:00 am: Breakfast for participants staying at the Rodd


Dieppe Room: Rodd Inn

Alma City Club: 114 Alma St

Chuck Bowie: The art of the Sequel: Part 2Martha Vowles: Weaving Stories from Memories
Intermediate to advanced Fiction writing Introduction to Memoir writing
 9:30-11:30am 9:30-11:30am


Alma City Club: 114 Alma Street

Blue Pencil Cafe

Checklist for Members:

Make sure you didn't forget to register for anything with limited space!

WordSpring Sponsors

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

WFNB gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture; and the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. #ArtsCultureNB

We acknowledge the support of the City of Moncton.

We gratefully acknowledge the support we have received from the Access Copyright Foundation.

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