Joanne Taylor


Joanne Taylor wrote occasionally for radio and newspaper before turning to her “heart’s desire,” writing for children. Her first children’s novel, There You Are, was nominated for Children’s Book of the Year by the Canadian Library Assoc., the Red Cedar Children’s Choice Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award, and the Ann Conner Brimer Award. Maclean’s magazine named her first picture book, Full Moon Rising, one of 2002’s Best Picture Books in Canada. It won the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for illustration (Susan Tooke, illus.) and was nominated for the Ann Conner Brimer Award. Making Room, her second picture book, also won the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration (Peter Rankin, illus.). Joanne grew up in Cape Breton in a huge family and lived in Halifax for many years with her husband Robin. Joanne passed away in May of 2010.


Nominated for the 2003 Ann Connor Brimer Children’s Literature Prize; ‘Full Moon Rising’

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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