AX Reading & Workshop Series

Inaugural Choice Cuts open mic, August 2017

AX hosts literary events throughout the year as part of the AX Reading and Workshop Series, featuring authors from near and far.

An independent, volunteer committee meets every few months to review all proposals. If you’re interested in reading at AX, please complete an AX Literary Proposal form; if you’d like to teach a literary workshop, please complete an AX Workshop Proposal form. Email completed forms to info[at]axartscentre.ca, or print and drop off / mail to AX, 12 Maple Ave., Sussex, NB, E4E 2N5.

AX also hosts Choice Cuts, a monthly open mic literary reading, as well as a monthly AX Writing Group. These events are free of charge and open to all.

Past and Upcoming literary events:

  • March 29, 2019, 7:00 p.m. ~ David Adams Richards reading followed by Question and Answer period.
  • April 12, 2019 7:00 p.m. ~ Phil Hall, UNB Writer in Residence, reading followed by Question and Answer period.
  • April 13, 2019, 9:00 – 12:00 ~ Phil Hall poetry workshop
  • May 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m. ~ Kelly Cooper and Jennifer McGrath readings followed by Question and Answer period.

Shandi Mitchell Reading & Workshop

The AX Reading and Workshop Series is proud to present award-winning author Shandi Mitchell on September 20 and 21, 2019.

Shandi will read from her novel The Waiting Hours on Friday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m., and her reading will be followed by a question and answer period. The writing workshop takes place the next morning, Saturday, September 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Shandi’s reading is in memory of Susan Kathleen Leyden, long-time supporter of the Lorenzo Society, and is sponsored by Douglas Leyden in partnership with the Lorenzo Society.

See more information about Shandi’s writing workshop, Creating Characters Inside Out.


About Shandi Mitchell
Shandi Mitchell is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and director. Her novel, The Waiting Hours (2019) was recently launched with Penguin Canada and was tagged by CBC Books as one of 28 Books to Watch for in 2019. Her debut novel Under This Unbroken Sky (2009) was simultaneously published by Penguin Canada, Harper Collins US, and Weidenfeld & Nicholson UK, with translations in Chinese, Hebrew, Dutch, and Italian. The book earned several prizes including the Kobzar Literary Prize, Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Prize, and the Regional Commonwealth Fiction Prize, and was long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Mitchell has served as a WFNS mentor and adjunct professor of Advanced Creative Writing-Fiction at Dalhousie University. She has also been a story consultant for the NFB, AFCOOP, and Equinox Europe’s International Screenwriters workshop. Born in New Brunswick and raised in Alberta, Shandi now lives in Nova Scotia.