Emma FitzGerald


Emma FitzGerald was born in Southern Africa to Irish parents and grew up in Vancouver. She has studied both art and architecture, and is the author of Hand Drawn Halifax. She has also illustrated numerous children’s books; EveryBody is Different on EveryBody Street by Sheree Fitch, A Pocket of Time by Rita Wilson, City Streets are for People by Andrea Curtis, and Two Crows by Susan Vande Griek. She lives and draws in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.


  • Hand Drawn Halifax. Formac Lorimer, Halifax, September 2015.
  • Hand Drawn Halifax: The Colouring Book. Formac Lorimer, Halifax, September 2015.
  • Sketch by Sketch Along Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Formac Lorimer, Halifax, 2017.
  • EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street, words by Sheree Fitch. Nimbus Publishing, 2018.
  • Pivot Point, words by Bren Simmers, Gaspereau Press, 2019.
  • A Pocketful of Time: The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop, words Rita Wilson, Nimbus Publishing, 2019.
  • Hand Drawn Vancouver, Appetite Penguin Random House, June 2020.
  • City Streets are for People, words by Andrea Curtis. Groundwood publishing, May 2021.
  • Two Crows, words by Susan Vande Griek. Nimbus Publishing, Fall 2022.
  • When the Ocean Came to Town, words by Sal Sawler. Nimbus Publishing, Fall 2023
  • Hand Drawn Victoria, words by Appetite Penguin Random House, May 2024.

Atlantic Publisher’s Award, 2015.

‘Best Book’, The Coast Halifax, 2015.

Nominated for 2020 Elizabeth Mrazik Cleaver Award for excellence in Illustration, IBBY Canada.

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that participants in any given workshop have similar levels of creative writing and / or publication experience. This ensures that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their career stage. The “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions used by WFNS.

  • New writers: those with less than two years’ creative writing experience and/or no short-form publications (e.g., short stories, personal essays, or poems in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with more than two years’ creative writing experience and/or numerous short-form publications.
  • Early-career authors: those with 1 or 2 book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short-form publications.
  • Established authors: those with 3 or 4 book-length publications.
  • Professional authors: those with 5 or more book-length publications.

Please keep in mind that each form of creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults) provides you with a unique set of experiences and skills, so you might consider yourself an ‘established author’ in one form but a ‘new writer’ in another.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed closely.

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