Elizabeth Peirce

Elizabeth Peirce is a Halifax-based author, editor, teacher, and gardener. For Nimbus Publishing, she has authored and co-authored two historical fiction books about infamous cases of piracy in Nova Scotian history, Saladin and The Pirate Rebel, one guide to vegetable gardening in a tough climate (Grow Organic, winner of the 2011 APMA Best Atlantic Published Book award) and a preserving cook and guide book, You Can Too! Her book for children, The Big Flush, is dedicated to her young son and his horror of loudly-flushing public toilets. In 2019, she published Lost and Found: Recovering Your Spirit After a Concussion, a toolbox of strategies for healing from a difficult injury. When she’s not writing and editing, she enjoys cooking, canning, and encouraging people to tear up their lawns and grow some vegetables! Visit her website at https://elizabethpeirce.ca

Elizabeth will be offering virtual workshops based on her books through the WITS program in 2020-21, including:

(for P-2) How your biggest fears can make the best stories

(for grades 3-9) What is food security and where does our food come from?

(for grades 9-12) Writing to heal: surviving and thriving under challenging circumstances


Saladin: Piracy, Mutiny and Murder on the High Seas (Nimbus, 2006)
The Pirate Rebel (Nimbus, 2007)
Grow Organic: A Simple Guide to Nova Scotia Vegetable Gardening (Nimbus, 2010)
You Can Too! (Nimbus, 2013)
The Big Flush (Aquarium Press, 2017)
Lost and Found: Recovering Your Spirit After a Concussion (self-published, 2019)

APMA Best Atlantic Published Book (2011) for Grow Organic: A Simple Guide to Nova Scotia Vegetable Gardening

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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 communications@writers.ns.ca