Elizabeth Crocker


Raised in Montreal by Nova Scotian parents, Liz spent most of her childhood summers in Chester. After graduating from Dalhousie University, she taught high school in Ontario. In 1969, she returned to Halifax to marry Brian Crocker and teach at the Halifax Grammar School. In 1971, she was appointed the first director of the IWK Hospital’s child life department. The next decade saw her serving a three-year term as a provincial appointee to the Halifax Board of School Commissioners, starting a regional affiliate of the national Association for the Care of Children in Hospitals, earning a master’s degree in special education, serving on the national Expert Group on Child Care in General Hospitals, and becoming the first President of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. She left the IWK in 1981, only to return as a member of the hospital’s board of directors, and started writing in earnest while being continually distracted by such interesting adventures as politics, broadcasting, mentoring young entrepreneurs and being a simulated patient for Dalhousie’s medical school.

She established Frog Hollow Bookstore in Halifax, which she sold in 1987. She co-founded Woozles Bookstore in Halifax in 1978 and continues to co-own what is now the oldest children’s bookstore in Canada. In 1992 she co-founded P’lovers Environmental Store, which now has locations in Nova Scotia and Ontario.

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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