Meeting Recap

The regular writing craft meeting took place last night at 6:00 pm. Eight members were in attendance: Lynn, John, Alice, Barb M., Barbara, Dawn, Kat and Diane.

We had a short discussion about writing and the publishing industry to begin the meeting.

Diane announced a second meeting during the next three months focussed on self-publishing only. Anyone interested in learning how to publish their own book is welcome to attend. Please, let Diane know if you’d like to attend by emailing her ( The room can accommodate only 14 people.

The dates for the self-publishing meetings are:

  • Thursday October 12, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  •  Thursday November 9, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday December 14, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

We critiqued Lynn’s chapter 3 to her leprechaun story using the new critiquing format.

The following will submit stories to be critiqued for the next four months:

October: Barb M.

November: Dawn

December: Barbara C.

January: kat

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

Homework for October Meeting

At the end of the meeting, each member drew a character name, tool, weather condition and situation from the Story in a Box. Members will write a 500-word story using these keywords for the October meeting. Please bring the stories in a readable font for other members to read. Do not put your name on your story.

Our next meeting is October 17th.


Giant Book Sale – Halifax Forum

This is the major fundraiser for the Women for Music Society. There will be around 14,000 gently-used books on display all at very reasonable prices, divided into 30 different categories. Also included is a selection of CDs and DVDs. A large order desk will be available, we hope to see you there – your support is vital to the success of the sale.


  • Saturday October 14, 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sunday October 15, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Maritime Hall – Halifax Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Meeting Reminder

The first meeting of the season for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the  craft of writing takes place Tuesday September 19th. As usual, we will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Anyone who is interested in writing is welcome to attend. We have eleven members and have room for four more.


1) Choose a headline from a newspaper, magazine or TV news story and ask yourself, “What if?” For example, What if the truth was…? or What if this happened in…? or What’s the real story? Use the headline as your title (or part of the headline). The story must be no more than 500 words.

2) Story in a Box: The elements of the story picked out of boxes. For the September meeting, bring 2 character names, 2 situations, 2 weather conditions and 2 types of tools on pieces of paper. We’ll pick our elements at the September meeting and write stories for the October meeting.

3) Critique a piece of writing submitted by Lynn, who is going to send it to the group this week. Our new critiquing guidelines are as followed:

  • List the strengths of the story.
  • What areas of the story can be improved.
  • Were there any times you were confused? When?
  • Was the dialogue realistic?
  • Does the story work? If not, why?
  • If there are repeated mechanical mistakes, please make note.

Hope to see all members there.

Cabot Trail Writers Festival

An annual celebration of reading and writing in the heart of Cape Breton Island.

Every fall, as the Highlands blaze with autumn colour, writers and readers from across the country may be found in the heart of Cape Breton for a three-day celebration of the written word. Here, at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s Bay, we put aside all pretension for a sincere and wholehearted celebration of the relationship between reader, writer, and literature. Our intimate venues, packed wall to wall with devoted readers, and the lively Cape Breton spirit that suffuses every festival event, bring readers and writers into a uniquely close connection.Year after year, we’ve heard our authors and our audiences say they’ve never had so much fun at a literary event.

Join fellow book-lovers for an event-packed weekend of laughter and up-close conversation with your favourite authors.

Date: September 29 to October 1, 2017

Place: Gaelic College, St. Ann’s Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

For more information, visit Cabot Trail Writers Festival.


On the first Saturday of every month, a used-book sale takes place at C. W. Saunders Mason Lodge, 170 Highway 214, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia.

This month’s sale takes place tomorrow (September 2nd) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The book sale is held in the downstairs hall. Walk in the front doors and take the stairs to the basement. Books are sold at amazing prices. Much of their stock is sold at $1.00 or less.

There are thousands of books of all genres. Many are new, but many are also old. Magazines usually go for ten cents.

Children’s Book Event, Elmsdale Library

Jayne Peter’s will launch the second book in her Messy Jessy series “Messy Jessy Gets Active” during a Children’s Book Event. The author will share her experience with writing stories. The editor of the book, Diane Tibert, will discuss the editing side of getting a book published while Diane Lucas, the illustrator for “Messy Jessy Gets Active” will discuss illustrating a book.

Date: Saturday September 9, 2017

Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Place: Elmsdale Library, Elmsdale, Hants County, NS.

Book Launch Messy Jessy Gets Active