Carolyn Ann Vaughan


I have been writing for many years, wrote commuity news colums for Bedford Sackville News, wrote 500 word articles for National Review of Medicine  published in both print and online, and for a time I had a column with the Dartmouth Lakers, mostly consiting of health related articles. I wrote and self published “Secret Diaries of a Nurse and other short stories”  and Electronic Nicotine Delivery System. Writing has always paid me a little but my bred and butter and money to pay the mortagage came from nursing. 

Carolyn Ann Vaughan RN 


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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