Devon Code


Devon Code is originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. His fiction has appeared internationally in periodicals and anthologies. In a Mist, his short fiction collection, was selected by the Globe and Mail as a notable debut of 2008. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. His reviews of literary fiction have appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Quill & Quire and Canadian Notes & Queries. He lives in Toronto.


“Uncle Oscar,” winner of the 2010 Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.


In A Mist, long-listed for the 2008 ReLit Awards.


“The Bear’s Den,” finalist for the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize.


“The White Knight,” third place in the Aeon Short Story Competition.

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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 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 who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
  • Emerging writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than five years and/or have some short publications (poems, stories, or essays) in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • Established writers/authors: those with numerous publications in magazines, journals, or anthologies and/or a full-length book publication.
  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer (that is, 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