NGRHS  & The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia Writers in Schools Program Visiting our school since 2003

2003/04 - Budge Wilson, Cole Langille, Lesley Choyce

2004/05 - Sylvia Gunnery, Blake Maybank, Darcy Rhyno

2005/06 - Christy Ann Conlin, Steve Vernon, Jennifer Hatt

2006/07 - Dean Jobb, John MacIntrye, Heather Prycz

2007/08 - Vicki Grant, Josh MacDonald, Wanda Campbell

2008/09 - Andria Hill-Lehr, George Elliott Clarke, Heather Pyrcz

Pleased to announce once again this year we will host three writers through the Writers in Schools Program sponsored by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

Darcy Rhyno

Darcy Ryno presented to all grade 7 students and some senior English classes Monday October 26, 2009 

        Darcy writes fiction, novels for children, magazine articles and radio scripts. His first collection of short fiction, Conductor of Waves, is a set of 12 stories set in a fictional Nova Scotia fishing community. The Globe and Mail called it "a strikingly accomplished collection." His first novel for children placed second in the Atlantic Writing Competition. His second is under consideration at a major publisher. As a columnist for Saltscapes magazine, Darcy writes the back page for each issue, prepares feature articles and writes for special publications about travel, holidays and other topics.

He writes for other magazines and newspapers as well. Currently, he is completing a second collection of short fiction and a novel. One of the stories for this latest collection was published in The Vagrant Revue of New Fiction, an anthology of work by the most promising writers in Atlantic Canada.

For most of his career, Darcy has worked in education and with children. A teacher and arts worker by profession, he has worked with many schools and teachers across the province, as well as with artists from all genres. He is also a part time instructor in the graduate program of the Faculty of Education at Mount St. Vincent University and the part time General Manager of the Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne. His readings and workshops are always engaging, informative and entertaining.

Mike Parker

 Mike Parker will present to all grade 8 and 9 students plus Mr. Wilson’s Canadian History, Friday, October 30, 2009. 

        Mike Parker has been called Nova Scotia’s Storyteller - a reference to the diversity of themes covered in his numerous books of popular history. In addition to personal research and writing, Mike contracts assignments and speaking engagements through Old Days-Old Ways Heritage Programs & Services. For more info, including biographical details, log on to: http://www.smu.ca/gri/mparker

Chris BenjaminChris Benjamin will be visiting Ms. Johnston's Global Geography and grade 10 Geography classes in March, date yet to be confirmed.

        Chris Benjamin is a freelance writer. He is the Sustainable City Columnist for the weekly newspaper The Coast in Halifax. In 2006/2007 he worked as the Development Correspondent for the The Statesman, a daily national newspaper in Ghana.

Chris' first novel, Living in the Dirt (since renamed Drive-by Saviours), won the H.R. Percy Prize for best novel in the Atlantic Writing Competition, and was produced with financial support from the Toronto Arts Council.

Chris has written news stories, features and commentary for The Toronto Star, VoicePrint Canada, Pottersfield Press, Rattling Books, This Magazine, Now Magazine, University of Waterloo Press, Z Magazine, The Chronicle Herald, Progress Magazine, The Nova Scotia Policy Review, and many others.

In 2006 Chris was recognized with an honourable mention in the Larry Turner Award for creative non-fiction.

You can read Chris' stories from The Coast here, as well as his work from The Statesman in Ghana here. Chris Benjamin's own website is located at www.chrisbenjaminwriting.com.