Music and singing at the Saint Andrews-by-the-Sea Writing Retreat, 2017

With award-winning author Gerard Collins

Jane Simpson, Go and Write's administrator and "boots on the ground" tour coordinator, is a writer and the Executive Director for AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex, and has worked in the communications and marketing industry for more than two decades. She lives in southern New Brunswick where she writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Jane has been shortlisted for Arc Poetry's Poem of the Year and is a Writers' Federation of New Brunswick short fiction and poetry prize winner.

Jane's short story, The Bedclothes Baby, translated by Sonya Malaborza, will appear in a French language anthology of Canadian short stories.

Dr. Gerard Collins, your writing mentor and workshop leader

Inspiration for the wandering soul

Jane Simpson, administrator and "boots on the ground" tour coordinator

Gerard Collins is a New Brunswick-based writer, originally from Newfoundland, whose first novel, Finton Moon, was nominated for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2013 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, the 2014 NL Heritage and History Award, and has won the Percy Janes First Novel Award. His short story collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the 2012 NL Book Award.


Gerard has won numerous arts and letters awards for fiction, published in journals and anthologies, garnered unanimously positive reviews and arts grants, had his short stories taught in multiple university courses, and his first novel has been placed in high school learning resource centres across Newfoundland and Labrador.

A lecturer at Memorial University for two decades and an occasional lecturer at University of New Brunswick, Gerard has a Ph.D. in American (Gothic) literature. He has hosted creative writing retreats in Saint Andrews and Saint John, NB, in Lunenburg, NS, Ireland, and in October 2018, he's hosting a retreat in Italy. Gerard was a featured workshop leader at both the 
2015 and 2016 WFNB Wordspring, and was also faculty at the prestigious Piper's Frith retreat in Newfoundland. He has led workshops across Atlantic Canada and Europe, including a recent invitation to deliver a lecture to Masters in Creative Writing students at Newcastle University, UK.

Gerard regularly serves on juries of writing and granting competitions while mentoring poets and writers who show great promise. He lives in a cottage beside a lake in southern New Brunswick where he teaches university courses by distance and is writing both a new short story collection and a novel.

Writers in stitches