Hal-Con Reading and Discussion Series

Reading and Discussion Series – Events

Prefer to observe and learn? No RSVP required. Our session includes a reading from a local author, discussion, and plenty of time to mingle with other local writers with coffee/tea/hot chocolate and sweets. There is no cost to attend.

Our next event is happening on Sunday, March 31st from 2pm-4pm at Halifax Central Library in Room 301. Sarah Sawler, the award-winning author of three books, including “Be Prepared! The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything” which she wrote in collaboration with Frankie MacDonald. She’s currently co-writing a middle grade novel about friendship, death, and tiny beings that live in the tidal flats but on March 31 she’ll take a break from her busy schedule to teach us about collaborative storytelling!

Local writers can submit pieces (collaborative stories or otherwise) up to 1,500 words and be selected to share with the audience.


Are you a storyteller looking for a platform to share your work? Are you interested in learning new skills or expanding your storytelling community? Well, you’re in the right place!

Submission Guidelines

  1. Submission Period will be from January 7 – March 3, 2019. Hal-Con reserves the right to end the period early depending on the volume of submissions.
  2. Maximum two submissions of original work per person.
  3. We are looking for genre fiction, anything science fiction or fantasy will fit.
  4. Submissions must be appropriate for all ages, to be determined by the selection committee.
  5. Submissions are welcome from anyone in the Maritime region but if selected the author should be available for a March 31st appearance in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  6. Any work can be submitted, short stories, excerpts from longer work, or poems. (1500 word limit.)
  7. All selected storytellers will be informed within 14 days of the closing of the Submission Period.
  8. Submissions should be emailed as a Word Document or PDF to submissions@hal-con.com


We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians. Funding for this program was generously contributed by the Cultural Innovation Fund. We wish to thanks the Province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Public Library for their support for this program.

Past Events

Saturday, May 19th from 2pm-330pm at the Halifax Central Library with Nicola R. White.

Sunday, August 26th from 2pm-330pm at the Halifax Central Library with Elaine McCluskey.

Saturday, December 8th from 6pm-8pm at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning with Shawna Romkey