Frances Jewel Dickson


Frances Jewel Dickson was born and raised in Quebec. Her work as a bilingual Manager in the federal government brought her to reside in Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. While on assignment on Parliament Hill, she wrote human resources policy for the Speaker of the House of Commons. Since 1987 she has lived by the LaHave River on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.

Her first book, The Dew Line Years: Voices from the Coldest Cold War, was distributed in eight countries. Her second book, Skipper: The Sea Yarns of Captain Matthew Mitchell, is enjoying ongoing popularity at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg. Frances’ short stories have appeared in the Globe and Mail and Readers’ Digest Magazine. She is currently working on her third book, a retrospection of White Point Beach Lodge.

For more information or to send mail, visit Frances on her web site.



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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