Carrie Muller

Carrie was born in Ontario and grew up in Cape Breton. A life-long love of words and word play earned her the nickname ‘Vocabulary Carrie’ in high school and she once dreamed of a career in journalism. Following university, she married, had two children and eventually settled in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia where she currently resides.

Employed at Halifax Public Libraries as a Library Assistant for the past 25 years, Carrie has been bringing her love of literature to children through stories, puppet shows and general zaniness for many years.

In her free time, Carrie can be found lounging in her back yard garden chair catching up on her reading, supervising never-ending renovations, or boating the waters of Halifax, trying to find Pirates and adventure.

Her picture book, The Terrible, Horrible, Smelly Pirate, co-authored with Jackie Halsey, was published by Nimbus in 2008.

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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