Inaugural “Piper’s Frith” offers a new writing experience in Newfoundland


The Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (LAFNL) is launching a four-day writing experience for emerging and established, mid-level writers at beautiful Kilmory Resort in Swift Current, Newfoundland. From October 13-17, 2009, writers are invited to join experienced, award-winning Faculty writers for workshops, one-on-one discussions and peaceful surroundings in which to pursue their work.

Three experienced mentors have signed on to serve as Frith Faculty for this inaugural event: Don McKay will lead the poetry, while Kevin Major and Jessica Grant will mentor groups in prose. $595 includes all program and application fees, accommodation for four nights, meals and social events.

“Piper’s” comes from the Piper’s Hole River, which runs through the Kilmory area, and which has a few ghostly legends attached to it. “Frith,” an alternative of “firth,” is a geographic term that refers to an opening of a river into the ocean, an estuary. But a frith also carries an obsolete Old English meaning of peace, sanctuary or a wooded place. LAFNL has appropriated this old word and is reconstituting it to mean: ‘a peaceful, wooded sanctuary on an estuary where one can engage in good writing.’

Space is limited, and applications are now being accepted. Writers are encouraged to check out the website at and apply as soon as possible. For more information, please contact

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