The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is pleased to offer a third session of First Words: Fiction, a nine-week course led by Elaine McCluskey, Sarah Mian and Binnie Brennan. The third session is offered on Monday evenings beginning September 10

As a welcoming space for beginner or emerging writers, First Words: Fiction provides an overview of the craft from several professional perspectives. No prerequisites or pre-existing pieces of writing are necessary for participation in this course.


Sarah Mian - September 10, 17, 24

Elaine McCluskey - October 15, 22, 29

Binnie Brennan - November 5, 19, 26



Binnie Brennan is the award-winning author of three books of fiction, Like Any Other Monday (Gaspereau Press), A Certain Grace: Stories, and Harbour View (Quattro Books). Her short fiction has been published in numerous literary journals. Binnie takes great pleasure in working with emerging writers through workshops and mentorship, both through First Words and the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program at the WFNS. She lives in Halifax, where she plays the viola with Symphony Nova Scotia.

Elaine McCluskey is the author of three books of short fiction and two novels. One of her stories was a Journey Prize finalist; another placed second in the Fish short story contest in Ireland. All of her books are set in the Maritimes and they have been described as darkly humorous. Elaine’s stories have been published in Canadian literary journals including The Dalhousie Review, The Antigonish Review, Room, The Fiddlehead, Riddle Fence, QWERTY, The Puritan, and Other Voices. She has an MA from Western and now works as the non-fiction editor at Nimbus Publishing.

Sarah Mian's debut novel, When the Saints, received the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award, the John & Margaret Savage First Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2016 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. She lives in Queensland, Nova Scotia.


$180 for WFNS members 
$240 for non-members (includes $60 membership)
(Payment plans are available)
(No refunds available after the start of the course)


Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax


Monday, September 10 - Monday, November 26, 7-9 pm (*note: no class on October 1 and October 8 and November 12) 



Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Monday, September 10, 2018 - 7:00pm to Monday, November 19, 2018 - 7:00pm