On Feb. 19 (storm date Feb. 21), 2019, I’ll be taking part in an event called 12 in 12. It’s a 12-hour writing relay event, where 12 Nova Scotia writers will take turns creating a section of a short story, each of us writing 200 or so words before passing it on to the next author to try to figure out where to take the story next! It’s a fundraiser for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and will go to help support programs like Writers in the Schools (which funds school visits from writers, and which my mother, Joyce Barkhouse, helped found), Nova Writes (which mentors emerging writers) and more.

So why I am telling you this? I’m hoping you might sponsor me with a tax-deductible donation to the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. And there are perks for sponsorship too! • $15 gets you a printable PDF of our finished group story • $50 gets you a chance to have a character in the story named after you (we’ll randomly select 3 $50 donors for this!) • $75 gets you a printout of the completed story signed by one of the authors • and everyone who donates will be entered for a prize pack of books by Nova Scotia authors

You can find out more on the Federation’s Website, or on the Fed’s Facebook Page. And you can donate by going to The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s Website and clicking on the Donate button at the top of the page. Once you click on the Donate link and the PayPal screen comes up, please include my name in the “special instructions to seller” field, so they’ll know you are sponsoring me. And if you want to find out how things are going on writing day, follow @WFNS on Twitter, or check us out on Facebook.

And please be sure to come out at 8 pm at the Wardroom at King’s to hear the finished story read–and share a toast to our fabulous community of creators! Pauline Dakin (Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood) will be our emcee that evening.

Past events:

Salt Fire readings were held in the following venues; thank you to everyone who came, and who hosted!

Sunday, October 21, 2 pm. Odd Sundays, at the Corked Wine Bar, 83 Regent Street, Fredericton NB (with Frances Boyle)

Wednesday, October 24, 12pm, at the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Library, 105 Main Street, Yarmouth NS (with Frances Boyle)

Wednesday, October 24, 7pm, at the Lillian Benham Library, 35 North Street, Lockeport NS (with Frances Boyle and special guest E. Alex Pierce)

Thursday, October 25, 7pm, at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax NS (with Frances Boyle)

Friday, October 26, 7pm, at Lexicon Books, 125 Montague Street, Lunenburg NS (with Frances Boyle)

Thursday, November 8, 7pm, at LaHave River Books, 3421 Hwy. 331, LaHave NS.