Heather Pyrcz


Heather Pyrcz was born in B.C. and raised in Ottawa, Whitehorse and Churchill. She received a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Alberta, and an M.A. in English Literature from Acadia University. She has taught grades 2-6 and was an instructor and faculty consultant for the University of Alberta. A mother of two, she has spent the last 20 years with her family in Wolfville, where she taught creative writing and introductory English part time at Acadia University. Gaspereau Press has published three of her books of poetry, Town Limits, Nights on Prospect Street and Viaticum. She has also published A Digital History of Canadian Poetry for the League of Canadian Poets’ website, and two books from Oxford University Press: The Canadian Oxford Guide to Writing 2nd Edition with Thomas Kane (2008), and Writing with Style (2010).

Heather has published in anthologies and literary journals across the country. Her poems may be heard on CBC radio and The National Gallery Auto guide. She has read widely in Canada including Victoria, Harbourfront in Toronto, Ottawa, St. John, Charlottetown, Halifax, St. Johns, and on university campuses in the Maritimes. She is also a member of WITS and enjoys school visits immensely.

A new book of poems, Raven’s Illumination, in collaboration with west coast artist Ted Colyer, is available from Blurb. Currently, she is completing a fantasy trilogy for young adults and a book of poems for children.



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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 communications@writers.ns.ca