Investors & Partners

Operational Investors

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia in our efforts to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians: we are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage and with funding from Support4Culture, a designated lottery program of the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation.

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia operates with additional support from the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Program & Award Investors

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia recognizes the Province of Nova Scotia’s support for our Writers in the Schools (WITS) program. We are pleased to offer this program with investments by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Arts Nova Scotia.

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts for its ongoing investment in our Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledges the investment of Arts Nova Scotia in our Poetry in Motion program.

Project & Event Investors

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledges the investments of the Nova Scotia Creative Industries Fund in our Unbound audiobook series; of the Robert Pope Foundation in numerous free writers’ panels and special events in fall 2020 and spring 2021; of the League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts in our The League Reads reading series; and of BoyneClarke LLP and Gordon Stirrett Wealth Management in our Gather ‘Round fundraiser.

Signature Community Partners

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia thanks the Dartmouth Book Awards and the Atlantic Book Awards Society for their partnership in delivering the five book awards we administer. We also extend deep gratitude to Halifax Public Libraries for their long-term partnership in realizing several WFNS projects and hosting many public events.

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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