Ian Colford

Ian Colford is a fiction writer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His stories, reviews, and commentary have been widely published in print and online. From 1995 to 1998 he was editor of the literary journal Pottersfield Portfolio. He has served on the Steering Committee of One Book Nova Scotia, the board of directors of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and the board of the Atlantic Book Awards Society. He has completed residencies at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers and Yaddo, an artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs, New York, and is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers Summer Workshop.

Evidence, a collection of short fiction, was published in 2008 by Porcupine’s Quill and won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award; Evidence was also shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize and the ReLit Award. A novel, The Crimes of Hector Tomás, followed in 2012. Published by Freehand Books, it won Trade Book of the Year at the 2013 Alberta Book Awards. Perfect World was published by Freehand in 2016 and shortlisted in the book design category at the 2017 Alberta Book Publishing Awards. In 2019 A Dark House, a collection of short fiction, was published under the Vagrant Press imprint of Nimbus Publishing and subsequently shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Prize in Short Fiction, the Miramichi Reader “Very Best” Books, and the Relit Awards.

A new collection of short fiction, Witness, is scheduled to be published in spring 2023 by Porcupine’s Quill.

In 2022 his novel, The Confessions of Joseph Blanchard, won the Guernica Prize and will be published by Guernica Editions in 2023.


Short story collection Evidence published by Porcupine’s Quill (04/2008)

Novel The Crimes of Hector Tomás published by Freehand Books (10/2012)

Novel Perfect World published by Freehand Books (05/2016)

Short story collection A Dark House and other stories published by Vagrant Press (09/2019)


Winner of the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (2009 Atlantic Book Awards); ‘Evidence’

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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 communications@writers.ns.ca