Jim Lotz


Jim was born in Liverpool, England in 1929. He was in the Royal Air Force from 1947-49. Jim spent some time as a trader in West Africa before coming to Canada in 1954. He did research in Labrador-Ungava and Ellesmere Island with scientific ventures from 1955 to 1960. Jim joined the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources as a planner and research officer in 1960-until 1966, then taught community development at St. Paul University, Ottawa from 1966 to 1971. He taught at Coady International Institute from 1971-73. Since then he has been a freelance writer, consultant and independent researcher. Jim has worked 25 different jobs, ranging from university professor to grouse beater. Recent volunteer assignments in community development have taken him to Slovakia, Nain, Egypt and Lesotho.

Jim Lotz received the first Canada Council “A” grant for non-fiction in 1992 and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant as a private scholar in 1989. He is a fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America. In 1954, he was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct for rescuing a man from a murderous mob during riots in Kano, Nigeria, in May 1953, with three other Special Constables.



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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