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Upcoming workshops and events:

Yoga of Writing
October 28-29th
Chocolate Lake Hotel (Sambro Room)
9:30am – 4:30pm Saturday
9:30am – 1:00pm Sunday

  • Come away with some writing on your story and a sense of the whole
  • Wear Loose, Comfortable Clothing
  • Bring a yoga map and cushion or other props that you like to use (we will also use chairs sometimes
  • Everyone bring paper and pen (you may also bring a laptop)
  • Bring lunch and beverage (also restaurant on premises
  • Accomodations available at the Chocolate Lake Hotel for out of towners

To register send $50 deposit to #7-11 Balcomes Drive, Halifax, NS B3N 1H9
OR send e-transfer to (non-refundable after October 1)

Space is limited to 12 people
For further information please contact

Gwen Davies 902-422-2427
Jody Myers 902-404-7647

July 27th

The Box of Delights

The Box of Delights

August 1 – 3

Write Yourself - A Three Day Workshop

Write Yourself – A Three Day Workshop

August 6 – 10

Push your writing

a small group workshop for women in the cafes of Halifax
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Step away from habits, surprise your writing, challenge a few assumptions. We gather to work in the mornings, take the afternoons to write and set our own agena, and meet in the evening for feedback.
Date: Evening of August 6 to noon August 10.
Place: Halifax – specifics when you register
Register: 902-422-2427
Cost: $325

Gwen sitting wearing a green scarf

Gwen Davies

Gwen Davies is the award-winning author of facing the other way, 5 keys to building a clear & usable website, and a number of short stories that appear in literary and other magazines. She teaches fiction and memoir writing and in 2000, she started Nova Scotia’s acclaimed Community of Writers in Tatamagouche. In 2013 Gwen made the front cover of Halifax Magazine for taking up Parkour at 62 – a sport using climbing & jumping to get around obstacles. She has earned a living editing print publications and websites into clear and accessible language. Gwne lives with her cat in Halifax, NS.

August 19th – Parrsboro Creative

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Reading in the new year at Lexicon Books in Lunenburg. Join us for a three-author night, with David Greer and C.S. Reardon.
Reading at Lexicon Books January 20/17

Postponing the reading at The Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville scheduled for tonight, due to inclement weather. Stay tuned — we will reschedule. Thanks for your interest and support!

Review by Ian Colford on Goodreads

Facing the Other Way
by Gwen Davies

Gwen Davies’ first volume of short fiction depicts the struggle of people young and old to find meaning and solace in the surprising obstacles and opportunities that life throws in their path. The volume’s ten loosely structured stories are also loosely linked, in the sense that we encounter the same characters at different stages of their lives, chronologically cutting a swath across the last thirty years or so of the previous century. In “No Endings” it is the summer of 1969 and Emily is hitch-hiking through Europe before starting university in the fall. Somewhat of an innocent, but intelligent and fiercely independent, Emily must grow up quickly when she finds herself on the receiving end of two gifts, each of which leaves her pondering an ethical dilemma. “Marrying Gilbert” finds Emily a couple of years later, at the height of the hippie counterculture, residing in a commune, her life in a holding pattern as she tries to navigate a delicate path between her own half-formed dreams and the demands being made on her by others. In “She Knew I’d Be There” a different young woman, Melannie, acts impulsively to help a pregnant street kid, sacrificing her own identity in the process. And the powerful and deeply felt closing story, “The Joneses of Fellowes Harbour,” set in 1997, brings characters from the previous stories together with their offspring to mourn and celebrate the life of Lorraine, who is suffering through the final stages of cancer. Gwen Davies does not write flashy prose, but it is precise and detailed and all the more effective for not drawing attention to itself. Her stories present us with characters who, well into adulthood, are still growing and learning, vulnerable and often troubled by shame, regret or disappointment. She probes their motives with a clear and impassive eye, showing us their selfishness, their weaknesses, but doing so in a manner that does not judge or condemn. These are insightful and emotionally authentic stories, filled with revelatory moments when we recognize ourselves in the characters. A notable and memorable debut from an accomplished writer, Facing the Other Way impresses on multiple levels.

Book signings in Halifax
November 19
Chapters, Bayer’s Lake, noon to 1:30
Coles, Halifax Shopping Centre, 2:30 to 4:00

November 27

Reading, signing, selling books at the Spryfield & District Market

Book Launch Facing the Other Way, October 6, 2016, North Branch Memorial Library, Halifax, NS