Alice Walsh

Alice Walsh graduated fron St. Mary’s University with a degree in Criminology and English, and from Acadia with a master’s degree in Children’s Literature. She has worked as a preschool teacher, probation officer, creative writing instructor and hospital ward clerk.

Alice has written numerous articles and short stories for newspapers, magazines and literary journals, and has written educational material for various publications. Her published work includes a non-fiction book for adults, as well as four children’s books. She has won the Childen’s Book Centre Our Choice Award and has been nominated twice for the Hackmatack Award. In 2005, her book Pomiuk; Prince of the North won the Ann Connor Brimer award.


Books for Children

Something’s Wrong With Kyla’s—-Nimbus Publishing (1990)
Uncle Farley’s False Teeth—Annick Press (1995)
Heroes of Isle aux Morts—Tundra Books (2000)
Pomiuk; Prince of the North—Beachholme (2000)
A Sky Black With Crows—Red Deer Press (2008)
A Long Way From Home—Second Story Press (2012)
Buried Truths—Creative Publishing (2013)
A Change of Heart—Nimbus Publishing—2016

Adult Non-fiction

Mermaid: A Puppet Theatre in Motion—Gaspereau Press (2005)

Adult Mystery

Analyzing Sylvia Plath—Thomas & Mercer (2012)
Last Lullaby—Vagrant Press (2017)
Death on Darby’s Island—Vagrant Press (2021)

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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