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 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