Call for Board Candidates

Interested in running for election to the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors?

Eight directors will be elected at WFNS’s 2024 Annual General Meeting (AGM), held virtually on Mon, June 17 (7pm), and all General Members are eligible for election.

If you’re unfamiliar with how our Board of Directors operates, please read our guide to Becoming a WFNS Board Member (PDF opens in a new tab) before declaring your candidacy through the form below. This guide also describes how to declare your candidacy orally during the AGM if you cannot or choose not to submit a written candidacy statement by the below deadline.

All written candidacy statements submitted by the below deadline will be considered by the Recruitment & Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors, which will select a limited slate of candidates to ‘endorse’ (i.e., to encourage General Members to elect). Because endorsements are communicated to General Members at least 14 days before the AGM, oral candidacy statements delivered at the AGM cannot be considered or endorsed by this committee.

Written candidacy statement deadline: May 16, 2024

For two-year Director terms to begin June 17, 2024

Candidacy statement form

All information enter into this form (except for your email address) will be included in the Annual General Meeting documents to be made publicly available on the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia website for at least the 14 days immediately prior to the upcoming Annual General Meeting. If your candidacy is endorsed by the Recruitment & Nominating Committee, the endorsement will be noted in those documents.
Of the eight (8) to twelve (12) Directors on each year's Board, only two (2) may be General Members who are not also Writers' Council members. If you do not hold but are eligible to apply for Writers' Council membership (link opens in a new tab), please apply immediately to ensure you are eligible for election to any of the available Director seats.
Board Officers are not elected at the AGM by General Members. Rather, they are elected immediately after the AGM, at the first meeting of the incoming Board, by their fellow incoming, continuing, and re-elected Directors. However, each candidate's interest in filling a specific Board Officer position should be presented for General Members' consideration during the AGM vote.
Please consult the Committee Terms of Reference (link opens in a new tab) for each Standing Committee's purpose, roles, and responsibilities. Two Standing Committees are not listed above because they are automatically populated by specific Board Officers: the Finance Committee (Treasurer and President, along with WFNS's Executive Director) and the Personnel Committee (President and Vice President, along with WFNS's most recent Past-President).
If you are elected to the Board, this biographical statement will be published on our Staff and Board page (opens in a new tab).

If, after clicking “Submit” above, you do not see a confirmation message and receive a emailed copy of your candidacy statement, please contact Andy Verboom at communications@writers.ns.ca immediately to report the issue.

If you have questions about WFNS’s Board of Directors or elections procedures, please first consult our guide to Becoming a WFNS Board Member. You may direct any unanswered questions—and all accessibility concerns—to Andy Verboom at communications@writers.ns.ca

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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