The League Reads

The League Reads was a pair of annual poetry readings featuring Nova Scotian members of the League of Canadian Poets. Held in 2018 and 2019 at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia headquarters, the readings were free to attend.

On October 11, 2018, The League Reads featured poets Brian Bartlett, Karin Cope, Miriam Dunn, Anne Simpson, and Margo Wheaton.

On October 17, 2019, The League Reads featured poets Janet Barkhouse, Deidre Dwyer, Chad Norman, Anne Simpson, and Margo Wheaton.


The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledges the investments of the League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts in The League Reads event series.

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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 that 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 with no professional publications (yet!) or a few short professional publications (i.e., poems, stories, or essays in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with numerous professional publications and/or one book-length publication.
  • Established writers/authors: those with two book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short publications.
  • Professional authors: those with more than two book-length publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for 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