Dave Beynon

Originally from Britain, Dave Beynon moved to Canada as an infant, growing up on a farm north and west of Toronto.  He has been a cow milker, a short order cook, a waiter, a residence manager at the Hamilton Downtown YMCA (there’s a novel waiting to be written about those four years), a factory worker and a purveyor of fine corrugated packaging and displays.

Dave writes fiction of varying genres and lengths.  His short fiction has appeared in anthologies, periodicals, on-line and in podcasts.  In 2011, his novel, The Platinum Ticket was shortlisted for the inaugural Terry Pratchett Prize.

Dave co-hosted a local cable TV show called Turning Pages, an in-depth interview show that highlights authors, writing and publishing.

He lives on the South Shore and should have been living there his whole life.

His work is represented by Ed Wilson of Johnson & Alcock.


Here There Be Monsters was reprinted in the anthology Snafu: Medevac (Cohesion Press, 2020)

Small Town Superhero, in Pulp Literature Magazine (Autumn 2018).

The Stranger in the Glass, in Lawless Lands:  Tales From the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017)

Pact, in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #21 (Wildside Press, 2016).

Here There Be Monsters, in SNAFU: Unnatural Selection (Cohesion Press, 2016).

The Last Repairman, appeared at Daily Science Fiction on May 9th, 2014.  (http://dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/disaster-apocalypse/dave-beynon/the-last-repairman  )

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife, in Tesseracts Seventeen (Edge, 2013).

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife, was produced as a podcast for www.pseudopod.org  , episode 401 on August 29th, 2014.  (http://pseudopod.org/2014/08/30/pseudopod-401-the-lighthouse-keepers-wife/  )

Symbiosis, in Evolve Two (Edge, 2011)


In 2011 my novel, The Platinum Ticket was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Prize.

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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 communications@writers.ns.ca