Carol Johnstone


Journalist Carol Johnstone holds a Bachelor of Journalism from King’s College and a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has more than 20 years experience writing — from technical analyses on mining topics to newspaper articles on business, profiles, the disabled, visible minorities, science, art, news events, and personal experience in a literary style.

Her work has appeared in the Associated Press, Atlantic Business, Atlantic Progress, Shambhala Sun, Visual Arts News of Nova Scotia, Iron Wheel, Halifax Daily News, Chronicle Herald, and North End News. She also wrote two “Careers in Chemistry” pieces for the 2001 edition of McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s grade 11 chemistry textbook.

Her business, Windword Writing and Graphics, has been in operation for more than 10 years specializing in production editing and graphic design of newsletters, flyers, conference materials, letterhead, ads, posters, theatre programs, and menus (skills include calligraphy, drawing, and oil painting).

Her latest project is printing and producing on-demand note cards using original artwork and photographs, sold retail to individuals and wholesale to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Drala Books, the Mu-Lan Chinese Cultural Centre, and outlets in the United States and Europe.

She currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.



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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.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at