Gwen Martin

In her formative years, Gwen jumped freight trains, played lounge piano, and prospected for gold. She later became a freelance writer/editor for scientists, engineers, politicians, NGOs, artists, and musicians across Canada. She also taught writing/editing workshops and authored three history books: Once Upon a Mine, For Love of Stone, and Gesner’s Dream.

Gwen’s CNF works appear in Geist Magazine, The Antigonish Review, Mom Egg Review, Funny Pearls, Hippocampus Magazine, and elsewhere. Her current work in progress – a mystery novel – features a forensic geologist named Phoebe Strand who lives in the village of Heron Cove beside a saltmarsh in rural New Brunswick. Gwen is also a professional member with The Writers’ Union of Canada, Crime Writers of Canada, and Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick.


Once Upon a Mine

For Love of Stone

Gesner’s Dream


Gwen has won various prizes for her poetry, history books, and CNF, including awards with the Newfoundland Arts and Letters Competition, Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, and Geist Magazine.

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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