Budge Wilson


Budge Wilson was born and educated in Nova Scotia, but spent many years in Ontario, returning home in 1989, where she lives in a South Shore fishing village. She began writing later in life, after teaching and working as a commercial artist, photographer, and for over 20 years as a fitness instructor. Her first book appeared in 1984 and she has now published 33, with 27 foreign editions in 14 languages – and has appeared in over 90 anthologies.

Budge has received 21 Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” Awards; City of Dartmouth Book Award; Canadian Library Association Young Adult Award; Marianna Dempster Award; Lilla Stirling Award; 2 Ann Connor Brimer Awards; runner-up for Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize; nominated for Red Maple and CNIB Torgi Awards; finalist for Commonwealth Prize (Canada & Caribbean Region); appeared in first Journey Prize Anthology; finalist for Governor General’s Award (2006); shortlisted for CBA’s Libris Children’s Author of the Year Award (2009), for CLA’s Best Children’s Book Award (2009) and for Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award (2009); winner of Atlantic Independent Booksellers Choice Award (2009); winner of National IODE’s Violet Downey Award (2009). In 2003 she received the Halifax Mayor’s Award for Cultural Achievement; in 2004, Armbrae Academy’s Distinguished Alumnae Award; and in 2008, Dalhousie University’s Alumni Achievement Award. In 2004 she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Her books have been frequently read and dramatized on CBC, American and Danish Radio. The Leaving received the ALA’s Notable Book Award and was listed among its Best Books for Young Adults, named a Horn Book “Fanfare Book”, School Library Journal’s “Best Books, 1992”, Library of Congress’s “100 Noteworthy Children’s Books, 1992”, National Council of Teachers of English “Notable Children’s Books, 1993”, NYPL’s “Books for the Teen Age, 1993”, ALA’s 1994 list of “The 75 Best Children’s Books of the Last 25 Years.” Her latest book, Before Green Gables appears to date in 11 countries and 7 languages, with a Japanese animation, and was recognized by Quill & Quire as being one of the “Best Books of 2008.” In 2009, Budge Wilson was the winner of the Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award for Before Green Gables.

Budge has given readings, talks, interviews and workshops across Canada and in the UK., Lahr, Germany, Guadalajara and Mexico City. She is married to Alan Wilson, and has two daughters and two grandsons.




Before Green Gables has won the Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Award, the National Chapter IODE’s Violet Downey Award, and Quill & Quire’s “Best Book for Young People in 2008.”


Short-listed for a Torqi Award, 2003 (CNIB), and Red Maple Award; ‘Fractures’


Shortlisted for the 2002 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature; ‘A Fiddle for Angus’


Shortlisted for the 2002 Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award; ‘A Fiddle for Angus’


Finalist for 2002 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award; ‘Duff’s Monkey Business’


Winner of the Lilla Stirling Award, 1998; ‘Sharla’


Winner of the 1993 Ann Connor Brimer Award for children’s literature; ‘Oliver’s Wars’


Winner of the Marianna Dempster Award, 1992; ‘Lorinda’s Diary’


Winner of the 1991 Canadian LIbrary Association YA Book Award; ‘The Leaving’


Winner of the 1991 City of Dartmouth Book Award; ‘The Leaving’

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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.
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  • 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.

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