Contact Us


902 423 8116
902 422 0881 (fax)

Regular Office Hours

Monday – Friday
10 am – 3 pm

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1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS
B3H 4P7


WFNS staff members administer and promote all programs and services through a mutually supportive & collaborative team approach. However, individual staff members lead the key areas outlined below. Please contact a specific staff member when possible. If you’re unsure who to contact, please email

Andy Verboom

Program Manager
(Membership Services)

  • Ellemeno Visual Literature Prize
  • General Membership (accounts; Annual Membership Subscription; website and technical assistance)
  • Jampolis Cottage Residency Program
  • Members-only programs & resources (Coffee Chats; Manuscript Review Program; Subtext member newsletter)
  • Public resources
  • Workshops for creative writing and professional development

Linda Hudson

Program Manager
(Arts Education)

  • Juried programs & awards (MacLeod Mentorships; Book Awards; Emerging Writers Prizes; Nova Writes)
  • Youth programming (Writers In The Schools; Creative Writing Day Camps)

Oriana Duinker

Executive Director

  • Author Spotlights
  • Fund & endowment development, partnerships, and investments
  • Media inquiries
  • Social media
  • Special events & writers’ panels
  • Writers’ Council Membership
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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