2024 Member Survey

Survey closes May 23

Dear WFNS Members,

The last few years have been a period of huge growth for the Fed. In an effort to focus staff energy on developing, sustaining, and promoting the programs that matter most to our members, we’re striving to collect feedback and evaluate programs with an eye to improvement, rejuvenation, and greater accessibility.

Information you provide through the following survey will be instrumental in helping us understand the make-up of our expanding membership and how our programs and resources are serving both longtime members and new members.

Please take 10 minutes out of your day to let us know how we’re doing and how we can better support you as a writer. Every piece of feedback will help in multiple ways!

As thanks for your time, each Thursday from March 21 to May 23, we’ll award a free 2025 General Membership OR a pack of books by Nova Scotian legend Budge Wilson to a random respondent from the past 7 days. That’s 10 gifts up for grabs!

Oriana Duinker
Executive Director

The 2024 Member Survey requires minimal typing (most questions are single choice or multiple choice) and can be completed in under 10 minutes. It’s divided into four sections:

  • About You: 7 to 19 questions, depending on your answers
  • About WFNS Programming: 6 to 8 questions, depending on your answers
  • About WFNS Communications: 5 questions, 1 being optional
  • Other Feedback: 1 optional question

If the survey format prevents you from completing it, please contact Andy Verboom (communications@writers.ns.ca or 902 423 8116) to arrange to complete the survey by phone.

Survey answers will be anonymized by WFNS staff. Your name and email address are for office use only (to confirm your General Membership and to draw prizes for survey respondents) and will be removed from your survey responses before aggregate results are shared with WFNS's Board of Directors or membership.

About you

If your residency changes seasonally, please select your place of permanent residency (i.e., where you would file your income taxes).
* By "short-form publications," we mean short stories, personal essays, or poems published in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks.
Please select all that apply.

About WFNS programming

Jampolis Cottage is located in Avonport, NS. Sponsored residencies come with an honorarium of $250 - $500/week. Personal attendants as well as human and animal dependents are welcome to accompany writers in residence.
Please select all WFNS programs in which you have participated, regardless of how recently.
All WFNS Resources are available at writers.ns.ca/resources (opens in new tab).
Please select from one to three options.

* By "member meet-ups," we mean loosely structured or unstructured events that are primarily social in nature. These might rotate between evening socials, quiet writing periods, ask-us-anything sessions, and focus groups.

About WFNS communications

Other feedback

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that participants in any given workshop have similar levels of creative writing and / or publication experience. This ensures that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their career stage. The “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions used by WFNS.

  • New writers: those with less than two years’ creative writing experience and/or no short-form publications (e.g., short stories, personal essays, or poems in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with more than two years’ creative writing experience and/or numerous short-form publications.
  • Early-career authors: those with 1 or 2 book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short-form publications.
  • Established authors: those with 3 or 4 book-length publications.
  • Professional authors: those with 5 or more book-length publications.

Please keep in mind that each form of creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults) provides you with a unique set of experiences and skills, so you might consider yourself an ‘established author’ in one form but a ‘new writer’ in another.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed closely.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at communications@writers.ns.ca