1,000 Words

1,000 Words: An Exhibition of Illustration was a group show of work by Nova Scotia artists working in illustration. The exhibition was displayed at Teichert Gallery from November 14 to December 1, 2019.

Participating illustrators attended the 1,000 Words opening reception, held on November 14, 2019, where they discussed their work with the public and signed copies of their books, made available for sale by Woozles, Canada’s oldest children’s bookstore.

A closing children’s storytime event, held on December 1, 2019, featured a storyteller from Woozles as well as author-illustrators Doretta Groenendyk (A Harbour Seal in HalifaxYou Make Me HappyLove You More Than Anything) and Briana Corr Scott (She Dreams of Sable Island), who provided live illustration demonstrations and answered questions about their work.

The work of 18 illustrators was featured
and available for sale:

  • Rose Adams
  • Jenni Blackmore
  • Sarah Jane Conklin
  • Briana Corr Scott
  • Mollie Cronin
  • Angela Doak
  • Belle DeMont
  • Letitia Fraser
  • Emma FitzGerald
  • Doretta Groenendyk
  • Patsy MacKinnon
  • Patrick McWade
  • Su Rogers
  • Marijke Simons
  • Sydney Smith
  • Lauren Soloy
  • Frances Wolfe
  • Jack Wong

Eligible artworks included framed works, gallery canvasses and limited-edition prints and photographs (signed and numbered by the artists). Each artist could submit up to five works for consideration. The final selection of works was decided by a volunteer accessions committee administered by Teichert Gallery.


The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is grateful to Teichert Gallery for their partnership in realizing and hosting this project.

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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