Contact Us


902 423 8116
902 422 0881 (fax)

Regular Office Hours

Monday – Friday
10:00am – 4:00pm


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, our Program Manager (Membership Services) can direct your inquiry.

Andy Verboom

Program Manager
(Membership Services)

  • membership (accounts; profiles; member services, including Manuscript Review Program and Coffee Chats)
  • projects & events
  • workshops
  • public resources
  • website & technical assistance

Linda Hudson

Program Manager
(Arts Education)

  • juried programs (Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program; Book Awards; Nova Writes Competition)
  • youth programming (Writers in the Schools; Creative Writing Day Camps)

Marilyn Smulders

Executive Director

  • investments, partnerships, and special events
  • operations, policy, and fund development
  • Subtext, social media, and Author Spotlights
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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
  • Emerging writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than five years and/or have some short publications (poems, stories, or essays) in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • Established writers/authors: those with numerous publications in magazines, journals, or anthologies and/or a full-length book publication.
  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer (that is, participant-to-participant) feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

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