Deannie Sullivan-Fraser

Deannie Sullivan-Fraser loves to help children find and tell their own family stories. Deannie’s writing centers on family and focuses on mainly on children. Johnny and the Gypsy Moth, published by Creative Publishing in St. John’s, Newfoundland and illustrated by co-pilot Kathy HildaRose Kaulbach, is based on an amazing event in her young father’s life. She is the author of a family musical, Time Shadows, where she wrote the play and the music. One of the songs, Making Tracks, was recorded for Sesame Street. Two other songs, I Had a Place and You’re my World, were recorded by the Ontario group, Arane. Deannie is currently taking her Master’s in Atlantic Canada Studies, at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Her thesis is Plants, Patent Medicines, Poultices and Pills: Home Medicine of Rose Blanche, Newfoundland. She has worked as an associate producer, production assistant and researcher for CBC Radio’s Mainstreet, a researcher for television for shows such as Reinventing Rituals, Marrying Well, Street Cents, Land & Sea and CBC special documentaries series, as well as historical feature film, Butterbox Babies. Deannie has also written articles for The Chronicle Herald and various other publications.

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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