The regular writing craft meeting took place last night at 6:00 pm. Thirteenmembers were in attendance: Lynn, Kat, Dawn, Catherine, Barb M., Art, Elizabeth, Alice, Barbara C., Donna, John, Gary and Diane.

From this gathering, it has been decided that 13 is our lucky number. We have no further room for new members.

We had a short discussion about CreateSpace closing their eStore on October 31, 2017.

We critiqued Barb M.’s children’s story using the new critiquing format and had a great discussion about its meaning.

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

  • November: Dawn
  • January: Barbara C.

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

Homework for October Meeting

Take a real life experience from your past and use it as the skeleton of a story. In other words, rewrite it into another time and/or genre. Maximum word length: 500

Other members of the group will be reading these stories. Please print the stories in an easy-to-read font type and size. Size 12 is okay, but 14 is better.

Additional Homework

Story in a Box: Please bring these elements of the story for others to pick from the box.

  • 2 character names
  • 2 situations
  • 2 types of occupations
  • 2 types of appliances

Our next meeting is November 21st.


Book Launch: Last Lullaby by Alice Walsh

Last Lullaby by Alice WalshJoin Alice Walsh as she launches her novel Last Lullaby. She will read from the book, answer questions and sign copies for readers.

Last Lullaby: Set in the fictional town of Paddy’s Arm, Newfoundland, Alice Walsh’s debut mystery novel is at once harrowing and homey, equal parts police procedural and diner gossip. When Claire and Bram’s only child dies suddenly, it at first appears to be a case of crib death. But when the real cause of death indicates homicide and Claire is arrested as the number-one suspect, her friend, lawyer Lauren LaVallee, promises she’ll do everything she can to prove Claire’s innocence.

As Lauren combs Paddy’s Arm for suspects, amid department politics and small-town talk, leads abound. Why are professors Frances and Annabelle being so secretive about their adopted daughter? What’s behind a troubled student’s sudden disappearance? And who is the mysterious platinum blonde observed at the scene of the crime? Meanwhile, Lauren’s own secret–a case that almost cost her her career back in Montreal–and sudden the return of an ex-lover who wants back in her life, threaten to overwhelm the investigation altogether.

Date: Thursday October 19, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Place: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: Alice Walsh:

Reading by Janet Maybee – Aftershock: The Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot Francis Mackey

Janet Maybee will read from her book Aftershock: The Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot Francis Mackey (Nimbus, 2016). The book was the winner of the Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award. Janet will also share her visual presentation in commemoration of the 100th anniversary the Halifax Explosion.

Date: Friday October 13, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: The Wallace and Area Museum, 13440 Route 6, Wallace, Nova Scotia

Phone: (902) 257-2191

For more information, visit Wallace and Area Museum.

Meeting Reminder – Self-publishing

The first meeting of the season for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on self-publishing takes place Thursday October 12th. 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 learning how to self-publish their books is welcome to attend. We have room for 14 members and 8 spaces are already filled. If you are interested in attending, please contact Diane (

Book Sale at C. W. Saunders Mason Lodge, Elmsdale

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 (October 7th) 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.

Author Returns to Vogler’s Cove with Third Regarding Hayworth Book

L.P. Suzanne Atkinson will read from her new book, Segue House Connection: Regarding Hayworth Book III. Books will be available for purchase at the event. There will also be light refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

Date: Sunday October 1, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Vogler’s Cove Community Hall, 8544 Highway 331, Port Medway, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia

To learn more, read the article on Queen’s County Advance.

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.