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The Write Stuff!

Writing is "the activity or work of writing books, poems, stories, etc." (www.merriam-webster.com)

Pictou County Authors

AuthorCommunityGenres Website
Ashton, JohnBridgevilleHistorical non-fictionhttps://www.facebook.com/ashtoncreativedesign/
Belanger, DonnaPictou Children's fiction
Butland, SarahNew Glasgow Children's non-fiction//sarahbutland.com/
Fitch, ShereeRiver John Poetry, Fiction (Children's, Youth, YA, Adult) //www.shereefitch.com/
Graham, MonicaSundridgeHistorical non-fiction//writers.ns.ca/members/profile/88
Hatt, JenniferNew GlasgowFiction//findingmaria.com/

Antigonish County Authors

AuthorCommunityGenres Website
Ahern, BrandonAntigonishCreative non-fiction, Blog
Hurst, RachaelAntigonish Scholarly//www.rachelhurst.ca
MacCaull, AngusAntigonish Children's Literature, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Non Fiction //angusmaccaull.com
Perry, RichardAfton Station Non-fiction articles, audio documentaries, video scripts Antigonish Radio Diaries - SonicIDs - https://soundcloud.com/richardperry/sets/sonic-ids
Paq'tnkek Community Storytelling Project on Cowbird - //cowbird.com/nkgyqz/collection/paqtnkek-community-storytellin/
A Mere Scribbling Tourist (Wordpress blog) - https://garyrichardperry.wordpress.com/
Simpson, AnneAntigonishFiction, poetry, non-fiction//www.annesimpson.ca

Beta Reader Spot

The Beta Reader Spot is an exchange hub located at the Trenton Library where writers can test out their work on their target audience, and readers can get involved in the development of a book. Writers leave a manuscript with the library, give us some information about their book, and choose the type of feedback they would like. Beta readers can pick a book by target audience, read the manuscript, and provide feedback for the writer.

Author readings

Throughout the year, in conjunction with the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and several local and national publishing companies, PARL will offer author readings by writers on book tours.


From 2005 to 2015, the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library was pleased to offer our community the PARL Writer-in-Residence program, in partnership with the support of from our Regional Library Board, and the occasional grant from the Canada Council for the Arts' Author Residency program, and the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage.

PARL Writers-in-Residence include Chris Benjamin, Sheree Fitch, Donna Morrissey. Monica Graham, Maureen Hull, Gary Blackwood, Norene Smiley, Linda Little, Harry Thurston, Anne Simpson and Sheldon Currie.

Note* Due to ongoing public library underfunding by the Province of Nova Scotia we are no longer able to continue the Writer in Residence program.