Don Ledger

Don Ledger is a writer, researcher and the author of three books and numerous magazine articles dealing with aviation and the UFO phenomenon. He produced and edited an aviation newsletter for over 17 years, and currently participates in and/or runs workshops dealing with certain aspects of writing. He also appears before schools to give lectures, and has appeared in numerous documentaries dealing with the UFO phenomenon. Ledger is currently a regular columnist and sometimes feature writer with Canadian Aviator Magazine. He also contributes articles to other magazines as well as trade papers and newspapers.

Ledger is a private pilot with nearly thirty years of flying experience. He has been involved in many facets of the flying community, including volunteer time in the air search and rescue field, and has held positions in various flying organizations. He is a member of the Writer’s Council of Nova Scotia. He retired [2004] from the Nova Scotia government, where he worked as the Director/Coordinator of the Legislative Television coverage of the debates in the Nova Scotia Legislature. He was employed with the NS Government for 34 years.

Ledger’s books include Swissair Down, a pilot’s view of the tragic event that took place on the night of September 2, 1998 at the mouth of St. Margaret’s Bay, Dark Object, which chronicles the world famous UFO event that took place in Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia on Oct. 4, 1967, and Maritime UFO Files [re-released], a compendium of UFO cases in eastern Canada.

Ledger is currently looking for an agent for his recently completed novel, The Disciple, and is working on another novel.

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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