J. Hugh MacDonald

Born in Charlottetown, PEI and educated at St. Dustan’s University, J. Hugh MacDonald is the author of one picture book and several books of poetry. His poetry, which has also been published in many anthologies, deals with the wonders of growing up. He is now retired after thirty-one years teaching, ending his career teaching English and writing in Souris, P.E.I. A former actor and director, he has also taught theatre. Hugh lives in Brudenell with his wife, Sandra, and their six children who have taught him how to laugh and see the joy in simple things.


The 2004 Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts in P.E.I.


First prize, Atlantic Poetry Competition, for “Chrysalis of Heaven Bound Butterflies”, 1994.


L.M. Montgomery Children’s Literature Award, for Chung Lee Loves Lobster, 1990.

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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