Anne Louise MacDonald

Anne Louise MacDonald was born with a passion for horses and a vivid imagination. She retired in 2015 from a lifetime of working with animals. Her days are now spent enjoying her two horses and her raggedy black dog, painting, creating driftwood sculptures … and writing.

She had three well received picture books published early on. Then her first YA novel, The Ghost Horse of Meadow Green, became an international best seller and is printed in five languages. Seeing Red is a companion book, second in her ‘Hug a Horse Farm’ series, which continued with horses, kids with real-life problems and a bit of the paranormal.  She also published the non-fiction self-illustrated My Natural Horses.

Over the years she has presented writing workshops for children and adults, and participated in many writing festivals and conference presentations. She is currently entertaining one on one writers retreats at her hobby farm in beautiful Antigonish County.



Nanny-Mac’s Cat -Ragweed Press 1995

The Memory Stone -Ragweed Press 1998, Nimbus 2002

The Dog Wizard -Ragweed Press 1999

The Ghost Horse of Meadow Green -Kids Can Press, 2005

Seeing Red -Kids Can Press, 2009

My Natural Horses -Hug a Horse Farm, 2009


Nominated for the 2006 Snow Willow Award; ‘The Ghost Horse of Meadow Green’


Shortlisted for the 1999 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature; ‘The Memory Stone’


Our Choice selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre; ‘The Memory Stone’


Resource Links The Year’s Best list; ‘The Memory Stone’


Our Choice selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre; ‘The Dog Wizard’


Our Choice selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre; ‘Nanny-Mac’s Cat’


Resource Links The Year’s’ Best list; ‘Nanny-Mac’s Cat’

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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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