Hugh McKervill


Hugh McKervill obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Science from The University of Western Ontario (Waterloo College) and a Master of Divinity degree from Emmanuel Theological College at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the National Training Institute for Human Relations Training. For ten years he was a minister of the United Church of Canada, serving in British Columbia, in Kitchener, and Port Hope Ontario. For a number of years Hugh was the Regional Liaison Officer for the federal Department of the Secretary of State in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. He was Atlantic Regional Director with the Canadian Human Rights Commission for fifteen years.

Since taking early retirement in 1993 Hugh has been an editorial contributor with the Atlantic Salmon Journal. He has also written scores of articles for other magazines, focusing mainly on history, social/cultural issues, and outdoor recreation. Hugh is also an award winning member of The Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia and provides his own photography for many of his published articles.


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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