Self-publishing Meeting Cancelled for Tomorrow Night

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no self-publishing meeting tomorrow night on Thursday December 14th.

The next meeting will take place in January on a date as of yet undecided.

I apologize for any inconvenience. Diane


Book Launches for “Off Highway” short story collection by Evergreen Writers Group

The Evergreen Writers Group that meets in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has released their second anthology, Off Highway. This collection of stories tells of journeys real and imagined. In his foreword to the book, renowned writer Lesley Choyce calls it “a collection of spirited prose and poetry”.

The group is hosting two book launches.

The First Launch

  • Date: December 9, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm
  • Place: Just Us! Café, 5896 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Second Launch

  • Date: December 16, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm
  • Place: Alderney Gate Public Library (main level), Alderney Gate, 60 Alderney Dr, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

To read more about the writers and the short story collection, see the Chronicle Herald article Evergreen Writers Group Comes To Publish Second Anthology of Local Stories.

The book can be purchased online at Amazon.

Meeting Recap

The regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm. Six members were in attendance: Art, Kat, Dawn, Barbara C., Gary and Diane. Barb M. popped in for a moment but couldn’t stay.

We had a short discussion about Lulu’s printing quality compared to books printed by CreateSpace.

We critiqued Dawn’s fan fiction story using the new critiquing format and had a discussion on what is fan fiction. This inspired the home work for the February meeting–February, not January. It will be to write a 500-word fan-fiction story. Choose your favourite story from a book, TV series or movie and hire those characters to star in your story.

Barbara C. will submit a story to be critiqued at the January 2018 meeting.

Members read stories written by other members as homework. We learned many fascinating facts about members through this exercise of taking a past experience and writing it as a story.

Homework for January Meeting

Story in a Box: Members at the meeting chose from four boxes and will write 500-word stories that include a character name, an occupation, an appliance and a situation. If you were not at the meeting, Diane kept the paper scraps and will drawn the four components for your story and email them to you.

Other members of the group will be reading these stories at the January meeting. Please print the stories in an easy-to-read font type and size. Size 12 is okay, but 14 is better. Do not put your name on your story.

Our next meeting is January 16th. Reminder: There is NO MEETING focussed on writing in December.

Meeting Reminder

The November meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the  craft of writing takes place tonight November 21st. As usual, we will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

We are now at capacity membership. Anyone interested in joining our group will go on a waiting list.


1) 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

2) Critique a piece of writing submitted by Dawn. Our new critiquing guidelines involves answering these questions:

  • 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.

L. P. Suzanne Atkinson Book Reading

L. P. Suzanne Atkinson will be reading from Book III of her Regarding Hayworth Series – Segue House Connection. She will also answer any questions listeners will have, as well as give an overview of her books.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be available and books will be available for sale.

Date: Sunday November 19, 2017

Time: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Bedford Library, 15 Dartmouth Road, Bedford, Halifax County, Nova Scotia

Segue House Connection: Regarding Hayworth Book III by [Atkinson, L. P. Suzanne]

Book Launch: Rogue Wave by V. A. Purcell

Join V. A. Purcell as she launches her latest novel Rogue Wave. Introductions will be given by Sylvia Gunnery. Purcell will provide a reading and a book signing. She will also answer any questions attendees have. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Saturday November 18, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Location: LaHave River Books (behind LaHave Bakery), 3421 Route 331, LaHave, Nova Scotia

Meeting Reminder – Self-publishing Branch

The second meeting of the season for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on self-publishing takes place Thursday November 9th. We will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The meeting will begin at six sharp. Please arrive a few minutes earlier to get settled.

Anyone interested in learning how to self-publish their books is welcome to attend. We have room for 12 members and 8 spaces are already filled. If you are interested in attending, please contact Diane (