Alec Bruce

BIOGRAPHY
Alec Bruce is a writer and author whose bylines regularly appear in major Canadian publications, including the Globe & Mail, Maclean’s, Atlantic Business Magazine, Saltscapes, and Unravel Halifax Magazine. He was a staff reporter, writer and editor for The Report on Business, ROB Magazine, Financial Times of Canada, Atlantic Insight Magazine, Commercial News Magazine, and the Moncton Times & Transcript. He has won 12 Atlantic Journalism Awards, four international TABBIE awards, and two International Regional Magazine Association awards for his magazine journalism and commentaries. Bruce is the author of Keeping the Faith: The Story of Laura McCain (Margaret Norrie McCain/Goose Lane Editions, 2013). He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College/Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S. 

PUBLICATIONS

Alec Bruce is regularly published in:

  • The Globe & Mail
  • Maclean’s
  • Atlantic Business Magazine
  • Saltscapes
  • Unravel Halifax Magazine
  • The Toronto Star (syndicated through the Local Journalism Initiative)
AWARDS

Alec Bruce’s professional awards include:

  • Bronze, “Writer of the Year” in the 2022 International RMA Awards.
  • Merit, “General Feature” in the 2022 International RMA Awards.
  • Silver, “Commentary” in the 2014 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Silver, “Magazine Article” in the 2014 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Silver, “Commentary” in the 2012 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Gold, “Regular Column” in the 2011 International TABBIES Awards
  • Silver, “Profile Article” in the 2011 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Gold, “Regular Column” in the 2010 International TABBIES Awards.
  • Gold, “Commentary” in the 2010 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Gold, “Magazine Article” in the 2010 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Merit, “Feature Article” in the 2009 International TABBIES Awards.
  • Silver, “Business Reporting” in the 2009 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Silver, “Magazine Article” in the 2009 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Gold, “Commentary” in the 2008 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Silver, “Magazine Article” in the 2007 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Silver, “Magazine Article” in the 2007 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Gold, “Commentary” in the 2006 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Finalist, 2005 Kenneth R. Wilson National Business Writing Awards.


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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.

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