Cynthia d’Entremont


Cynthia d’Entremont is the author of Oak Island Revenge (nominated for the 2014 Red Maple Award) and Unlocked (winner of both the Fantasy and Young Adult Word Guild Awards). She has won the Joyce Barkhouse Writing for Children Award and a Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship in Literary Arts. Cynthia holds a Master of Education and founded Riviola Narrative International which offers workshops and coaching to writers of all ages. Her favourite childhood story is The Little Engine that Could and her writing philosophy is “Dream big!” She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her husband and two teenage children. 


Fiction Winner, Free Publishing Contest 2009, Word Alive Press.


First Place Winner, the Joyce Barkhouse Writing for Children Award in the Atlantic Writing Competition, 2006.


Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship in Literary Arts, 2006.

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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