Fred Ted Hollett

Fred Ted Hollett worked as an artist, journalist, writer, newspaper editor, screenwriter, producer and radio reporter.

As an artist, Fred started his career drawing cartoon ads for the windows of his mother’s corner grocery store in North End Halifax. At school, he preferred to do his history lessons in the form of a super hero comic book and later started cartooning for a QEH paper.

Starting a school newspaper in Grade 7 led him to writing and cartooning for Dal Gazette and Pharos year book, and later to a reporter’s job at The Chronicle Herald. After moving to Ontario, Fred worked for Sentinel-Review and Hamilton Daily News, and for ten years he was a reporter, photographer and cartoonist for Toronto Telegram and The Daily Star.

Fred also worked as a writer and creative director with several top advertisement agencies with such clients as Shell Oil, Volkswagen, Amex, and General Foods. He is best known as a creator of TV ad for Coffee Crisp that became the longest running commercial on Canadian TV. His “best fun job” was as a reporter on Freddie’s Ballgame, a daily hour radio show on WIPC, Winter Haven, Florida.

Fred Ted Hollett lives in Halifax.

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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