Adele Megann

BIOGRAPHY
Adele Megann is a Newfoundlander based in Halifax. Her short fiction has been published in many Canadian and US periodicals and anthologies. She has won several awards, and has given over thirty readings and interviews.

Over the years, Adele has been involved in the writing community by organizing readings, and teaching creative writing. Adele lived many years in Calgary, where she was part of the Pack of Liars writing workshop, and was a fiction editor of Dandelion magazine.

After moving to Nova Scotia in 1999, Adele participated in Writers in the Schools throughout the province. She performed at Playwrights in Performance Cabarets. She has written curriculum guides for Exodus Theatre Society, and coordinated their school matinees. In addition to the literary publication credits listed here, she has also contributed several articles to an Irish magazine called Set Dancing News, and does some corporate writing.

Adele’s day jobs usually involve teaching. She has taught diverse subjects–including music, drama and literacy–to children and adults, including those with disabilities. She sings, and plays several instruments, usually in the context of traditional Irish music. She lives with an assortment of humans and animals.

PUBLICATIONS

PERIODICALS
“Triptych: What I Learned From My Cat,” Paperplates (Toronto), vol.5, no.3, 2003.
“Thief,” Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, no.37, 2001.
“Ophelia and Rosencrantz Discuss Censorship,” Mississippi Review, vol.29, no.3, Summer 2001.
“Claudius Looks,” Mississippi Review, vol.29, no.3, Summer 2001.
“Overlooking Cove,” Gaspereau Review (Wolfville), no.8, Summer 1999.
“Living Colour,” Pottersfield Portfolio (Halifax), vol.17, no.2, Winter 1997.
“Spirits,” Forum: Journal of the Calgary Women’s Writing Project (Calgary), Fall/Winter 1995, vol.6, no.1.
“The Saga of Mary Marie,” paperplates (Toronto), 1995 vol.2, no.3.
“Palimpsest” (Contest Runner-up), Filling Station (Calgary), vol. 1, no. 1, 1994.
“Les uns et les autres,” Blue Buffalo (Calgary), vol. 10, no. 3, 1992.
Single Girl,” Secrets from the Orange Couch (Edmonton), vol. 4, No. 2, Fall 1991.

ANTHOLOGIES
“Twelfth Night,” La Cucina Egeriana: Time, Tastes and Tables. Indiana: Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy, [1997].
“Living Colour,” Taking Off the Tinsel. Edmonton: Rowan Books, 1996.
“The Missing You,” Boundless Alberta. Edmonton: NeWest Press, 1993.

AWARDS
  • Nomination for the Journey Prize, 2002
  • Honourable Mention in Novel category, 24th Annual Atlantic Writing Competition, 2001
  • Recipient, Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award, 1995
  • First runner-up, 2-20-200 Contest, Filling Station, 1994


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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.

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