At WordsFall 2017
Posted: March 7, 2018
Event Dates: November 3, 2017 to November 4, 2017
In my effort to get more involved in the writing community in 2017, I participated to the WordsFall event held in Sussex NB last November. It was organized by the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) and spanned over two days, with readings on Friday night and workshops on Saturday.
On Friday, I performed my second reading. I chose the same passage from The Burden of the Protector that I had used previously at Word Feast. Once again, the reading was an enjoyable experience. The highlight of the night, for me, was the reading by Connor Harrison, who won “Unpacking the Personal,” a writing contest sponsored by WFNB in partnership with the Sussex High School. He shared parts of his life and some of the difficult challenges he faced growing up. The honesty with which he read his story made it impossible not to be moved. I felt privileged to be in the room and instantly developed a deep admiration for this brave young man.
On Saturday, I participated to an amazing workshop titled "Finding your poem" offered by Roger Moore, a good friend of mine. Although I don't personally write poems (not yet anyway), I wanted to learn more about this form in the hope of eventually (possibly) including a poem into an upcoming fantasy novel. Roger's enthusiasm was infectious and the session was a lot of fun, with many interactive exercises. This was easily one of the best workshops I've assisted to.
Overall, WordsFall was a wonderful experience and I am looking forward to the next meeting organized by WFNB in the spring. So far, every event I've gone to has been beneficial one way or another. So, I highly recommend other writers to get out there whenever possible.