Gary Lloyd Saunders


Gary Saunders was born in tiny Clarkes Head, Newfoundland, in 1935, some 30 years before electricity and road traffic arrived, and when sea and river were still the only avenues to the outside world. He received a B.Sc. in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick in 1959, and a B.F.A. from Mount Allison in 1965.

“Growing up in this place and time, to leave at the age of ten for town and city, left a vacuum that I filled with stories and visual imagery from my childhood. From these come my books and paintings.”

Since the sixties he has published articles in magazines like Nature Canada, Canadian Living, and American Forests, and 13 books.



Shortlisted for the 2002 Evelyn Richardson Prize for Non-Fiction; ‘Discover Nova Scotia: The Ultimate Nature Guide’

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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