J.A. (Andy) Wainwright


Andrew was born in Toronto and has lived in NS since 1972. He is McCulloch Emeritus Professor in English, with a speciality in Canadian and contemporary literature. His influences include Patrick White, Lawrence Durrell, and Bob Dylan. He has received Canada Council grants for poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. He lives in Halifax with his partner Marjorie Stone.

In 2019 he won the Guernica Literary Prize for his unpublished manuscript This Cleaving and This Burning, which will be published by Guernica editions in 2020.



The Last Artist. Hong Kong, Custom Book Publications, 2016. ISBN 978 15333  98710

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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