Charlotte Mendel

Author,  Teacher, Mother, Farmer

Charlotte Mendel is a four times-published, award-winning author. For more information on her books, the prizes she has won, media coverage and reviews, you can visit her website.

She has published three literary fiction books and one YA novel:
“Turn Us Again”
“A Hero”
“Reversing Time”
“A Hostage”

Charlotte Mendel has taught Creative Writing at Dalhousie for the past seven years. She has also facilitated many writing workshops in her community, both for adults and in the schools. Charlotte also delivers the Climate Simulation Game to environmental organizations, schools and universities in NS and England, and has been invited by Consultants from the NS Ministry of Education to introduce the game to teachers at the Summer Learning Academy this summer.



“Turn Us Again” a literary fiction novel by Roseway/Fernwood Publishing, released spring 2013

“A Hero”,  a literary fiction novel by Inanna Publications, released spring 2015

“Reversing Time”, a YA novel by Guernica Editions, released autumn, 2021

“A Hostage” a literary fiction novel by Inanna Publications, released spring 2023


Turn Us Again (Roseway/Fernwood, 2013), won the H.R. Percy Novel Prize, the Beacon Award for Social Justice, and the Atlantic Book Award in the Margaret and John Savage First Book category.

A Hero (Inanna Publications, 2015) was shortlisted for the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and a Finalist in the 2016 International Book Awards in the General Fiction category.

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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