News and Events

June 10, 2023 – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Art of Storytelling – Writing Workshop followed by a reading
Saturday, June 10, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunenburg Library, Nova Scotia
Cost: $85/person. Reading begins at 2:00 p.m. and is free
Learn more and register for the workshop.

June 24, 2023 – Saint Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada

The Art of Storytelling – Aspire to Greatness
Saturday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre
Cost: $85/person. 
Learn more and register for the workshop.

February 25, 2023, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

“The Art of Storytelling” creative writing workshop
Saint John Public Library, central branch, 1 Market Square
Cost: $85

A refresher course on how to write a story.

February 24, 2023, 3:00 p.m.

The Canada Council for the Arts, through The Writers Union of Canada present a reading at The Saint John Public Library (central branch, 1 Market Square). Gerard will read from The Hush Sisters, as well other works. Questions are welcome. Books will be available to purchase and/or have signed by the author.

October 29, 2022

Featured author at Louisiana Book Festival. Talk and reading followed by signing.

October 28, 2022

Wordshop, Louisiana Book Festival

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
State Library

All writing involves fear: from the frightening blank page to critical reception, and, most important, the motivations and outcomes for our characters, who must overcome their fears in order to act with courage.

As Neil Gaiman says, “There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.” At the essence of humanity lies fear. Good writing depicts the most ordinary of people in their perilous moments—and they’re all perilous moments, for even the brightest of days can change so quickly. Our fears bring uncertainty, often suspense, and provide the basis of dreams, promises, disappointments, and nightmares, sometimes even victories—the stuff of great writing. Writers know what there is to fear (everything), where it’s lurking (everywhere), and how to deal with it.

In this workshop, where we will discuss great works of fear—from The Grapes of Wrath to The Handmaid’s Tale, from Dracula to The Vampire Lestat, from Pride and Prejudice to Normal People—we’ll explore the usefulness of anxiety and how to make those fears an integral part of our writing, regardless.

September 29- October 17, 2022

Writing retreat in Ireland

Ireland 2022


September 11-22, 2022

Writing retreat in Scotland

Scotland 2022


August 27, 2022

“The Art of Storytelling” workshop

Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre, Saint Andrews, NB

Need a refresher on the art of storytelling? Seize the remaining hours of summer and join award-winning author and professor Dr. Gerard Collins for this condensed version of his storytelling masterclass, which he recently taught at the invitation of the Frye Festival.

In this half-day workshop, we’ll talk about story structure, how to show instead of tell, how to develop characters, enhance narrative tension, infuse your prose with subtext, and write dialogue that gets people talking. Bring your questions and conundrums—we’re putting it all on the table.

July 12, 2022

Online Workshop Broadcast live from Lily Dale Assembly, New York – July 12, 9:30-12:30 Eastern time (10:30-1:30 Atlantic Time)

Gerard is pleased to have been invited back to Lily Dale Assembly to offer another writing workshop. For those who are unable to attend in person, the workshop will also be broadcast live from Lily Dale in New York.

The workshop is a combination of instruction, writing prompts, and opportunities for questions from the in-person and online audience. It takes place Tuesday, July 12, from 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Eastern time (10:30 – 1:30 Atlantic time).

July 8-10, 2022

Ochre Fest Literary Festival

December 5, 2021

A Sunday afternoon reading and conversation with Beth Powning at AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex, as part of the AX Reading Series

October 30, 2021

Book signing at Westminster Books in Fredericton. Signing copies of The Hush Sisters and backlist, including Finton Moon and Moonlight Sketches.

October 26, 2021

Dr. Gerard Collins, Dr. Margaret Anne Smith, Dr. Sandra Bell

Panel discussion at UNB Saint John: Literature in a Post-Pandemic World

October 16, 2021

Book signing at Chapters in Fredericton. Signing copies of The Hush Sisters and backlist, including Finton Moon and Moonlight Sketches.

September 5, 2021

Book signing at Chapters in Moncton. Signing copies of The Hush Sisters and backlist, including Finton Moon and Moonlight Sketches.

August 29, 2021

Book signing at Saint John Indigo (East Point). Signing copies of The Hush Sisters and backlist, including Finton Moon and Moonlight Sketches.

June 24, 2021

The Hush Sisters wins an international literary award!

The Hush Sisters wins a Next Generation Indie Book Award in the suspense category. It also was a finalist in the paranormal category.

April 30 – May 7, and May 9-16, 2021

Go and Write! Kingsbrae writing retreats.

January 30 and February 6, 2021

Master Class in Creative Fiction, “Deliver on your Promises,” the Northrup Frye Festival.

January 20, 2021

7:30 p.m.

The Lorenzo Society Reading Series – Virtual Book Club. Reading and Q&A.

December 6, 2020 – POSTPONED until 2021

Book signing at Westminster Books in Fredericton.

November 12, 2020

7:45 a.m.

Tune in to hear Gerard’s with CBC’s Information Morning host, Julia Wright, about The Hush Sisters.

November 18, 2020

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. AST

Gerard talks with author Susan White about her new book, When the Hill Came Down.

November 21, 2020 – POSTPONED to December 6, 2020

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. AST

Book signing at Westminster Books in Fredericton, NB.

Find Westminster Books. See the Facebook Event.

November 22, 2020

2:00 – 3:30 AST

Online Workshop: Healing Through Creative Writing with Dr. Gerard Collins

Join Dr. Gerard Collins for a class that will take you through writing exercises designed to inspire and promote self-healing through creative expression. Presented by the Lily Dale Assembly.

Cost $20 USD


October 5, 2020

Release of The Hush Sisters, Gerard’s third book of fiction, published by Breakwater Books Ltd.