Fall of Book Festival

Fall for Books Festival – A Celebration of Local Authors & Writers

Poetry Readings

Friday November 6th at 7:00 pm

Suggested donation: $5.00

Book Fair

Saturday November 7th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

FREE

  • Meet the authors, public readings, book signing
  • Woozles Children’s book Table
  • NS Literacy Network: Free book for children while quantities last

2:00 pm: World Tea House: International Tea Demonstration and Samples

Evening of Literature: Intimate readings by published authors

Saturday November 7th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Suggested donation: $5.00

Refreshments Available at all Events

Place: The Old School, Community Gathering Place, 7962 Highway #7, Musquodoboit Harbour, Halifax County, NS. For more information, email (OldSchoolMH@outlook.com) or call (902-889-2735).

Meeting Recap

Meeting RecapSix members and one guest attended the meeting: Lynn, Diane, Art, John (and daughter), Donna, and Emma.

We began by updating everyone on what writing accomplishments and activities we engaged in since our last meeting (October 6th).

Next on the agenda, we discussed goals and the importance of setting them.

Why Are Goals Important?

  1. They keep us focussed on the task.
  2. They keep reminding us the task needs to be done.
  3. Goals challenge us to do something by a particular date.
  4. Goals keep us accountable. In other words, if I say, “I’ll get this story written some time,” there’s no thought that I didn’t get it done because there was no set date. If I allow a personal deadline to pass without getting the story written, I can ask myself: Why did this happen? Do I really want to do this? If do want to do this, how can I make it happen?
  5. Goals allow us to see how much we’ve accomplished, giving us a boost to do more.
  6. Some people need goals to motivate them to do things.

Everyone wrote a goal on a piece of paper, put it in an envelope and sealed it. Diane gathered the envelopes to hand out at the next writers’ meeting.

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October Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that the next meeting takes place tomorrow night, Tuesday October 20th at 6:00 pm, at the Elmsdale Library. The counter to the left of this post counts down the days to the next meeting.

Reminder: We will be doing a reading exercise. So don’t forget your 500-word (or so) short story. Print one copy in an easy to read font and place it on the counter, face down, when you walk into the meeting room. Please, do NOT put your name on the story. Stories are to be read anonymously.

We’ll also have a mini workshop.

And…lastly…think of one writing goal you’d like to accomplish between now and the October meeting. This time, I won’t forget the envelopes.

*Please note the new times: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Meeting Recap

Meeting RecapFive members attended the self-publishing meeting: Lynn, Diane, Art, John, Donna and Phil.

We began the meeting by introducing ourselves because a new member was in attendance. We gave a brief summary of our self-publishing history and what we’d like to accomplish.

Diane gave a brief overview of what the group would discuss in the coming months. This included:

  • The focus of this group will be on the business of self-publishing only. Whether this is the first time or tenth.
  • Mini workshops on the steps of self-publishing. Members will provide these on the aspects of self-publishing they are familiar with.
  • Editing: Mini workshops and discussions of the many aspects of editing.
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to self-publish a book over the course of the year (to June).
  • Discussions will include topics such as copyright, ISBN, CIP, Access Copyright, library donations
  • Formatting the working manuscript as well as the finished product that goes into book form will be discussed.
  • Marketing: How do you sell your books? This will be an ongoing topic.
  • Print Costs: The wide-range of possibilities. What’s good? What’s bad?
  • Publishing the East Hants Writers’ Anthology.

We expanded the discussion on ISBN, CIP and Access Copyright. We also spoke about marketing and how it was difficult for a lone writer to sell their books. It was agreed a self-publishing co-op would be a good idea, but no plans were discussed on how this could come about.

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Self-publishing Branch First Meeting Tonight

Tonight is the first meeting of the self-publishing branch of the East Hants Writers. We will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, NS, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

We’ll discuss what we’d like to see from this particular meeting session, and I’ll give a small presentation on the Ten Easy Steps to Self-publishing.

Anyone who is interested in self-publishing or learning more about the process to see if it’s right for them is welcome to attend.

September Meeting Recap

Meeting RecapSeven members attended the meeting: Lynn, Diane, Art, Mindy, John, Donna and Emma.

We began the meeting by introducing ourselves because a new member was in attendance. We also shared our writing activities since the last meeting (June).

It was agreed upon to add a second meeting during the month to the group. The new night (the first Tuesday of the month) will focus on the business of self-publishing. Anyone who is interested in or who has self-published a book is welcome to attend.

The current meeting night (third Tuesday of the month) will concentrate on the craft of writing only. Discussions will focus around developing characters, plot, setting, dialogue and similar topics. We’ll also continue to critique a story per meeting.

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September Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that the next meeting–the first one of the season–takes place Tuesday September 15th at 6:00 pm, at the Elmsdale Library. The counter to the left of this post counts down the days to the next meeting.

Reminder: We will be discussing Donna’s submission, as well as catching up on previously submitted work (if you missed a meeting).

We will discuss changes to the group for the coming year, the start of a second group—focussed on self-publishing—and general things we’d like to see happen between now and June.

Also, make a short note or think about what you’ve accomplished with regard to writing since our last meeting. Everyone will give a minute or two report on what they’ve been up to—with regard to writing—in the past few months.

And…lastly…think of one writing goal you’d like to accomplish between now and the October meeting.

*Please note the new times: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

June Meeting Recap

Meeting RecapSeven writers attended the meeting: three regulars (Diane, John, Art) and four new members (Maureen, Donna, Stephen, Susan).

We began the meeting by introducing ourselves. We haven’t done this for a long time, and it was a good exercise for all of us. We shared where we were from, our writing history and current projects.

It turns out we are a diverse group of writers: traditionally published, untraditionally published, unpublished, fiction writers, nonfiction writers and poets. We are all in different stages of our writing lives.

We discussed writing in general, some of the expectations for a writers group and what we’d like to see take place during meetings. One suggestion was for meetings to begin with each member providing a report on the progress of their current work in progress. This is intended to keep us on task and accountable.

For the September meeting, please prepare a statement about your current writing project. You can include the title of your project, what it involves, what stage you are at and where the project is headed.

Diane suggested the possibility of two meetings per month: one specifically to discuss the craft of writing and one to discuss self-publishing and marketing. This would give each meeting a specific focus. It would also allow those not interested in self-publishing the option of not attending.

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June Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that the next meeting takes place Tuesday June  16th at 6:30 pm, at the Elmsdale Library. The counter to the left of this post counts down the days to the next meeting. The meeting feels earlier this month because the first Tuesday fell on the second, so please take note.

Reminder: We will be discussing and catching up on previously submitted work.

This will be the last meeting before we break for summer, so I hope to see you there.

May Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that the next meeting takes place Tuesday May 19th at 6:30 pm, at the Elmsdale Library. The counter to the left of this post counts down the days to the next meeting.

Reminder: We’ll be discussing Lynn’s writing (for those who weren’t there the last meeting). If John will send the group something, perhaps we’ll have more to discuss. John?

Hope to see you there.