Jodi DeLong

BIOGRAPHY

Jodi DeLong has been a professional freelance writer for over a decade. Although she does some corporate writing for websites and businesses, she especially relishes storytelling, particularly to do with gardening, cats, or bouncing around the North Atlantic on a coast guard ship. She is a contributing writer for Saltscapes magazine, garden columnist for the Halifax Sunday Herald, and the Atlantic Co-operator, and author of The Atlantic Gardener’s Greenbook. She gives regular talks on gardening, occasional workshops on the pleasures and challenges of being a freelance writer, and takes most of the photographs that accompany her stories.

Her work has been published in numerous regional, national and international publications. Along with writing for the public, she has worked with many business clients, and handles social media for over a dozen businesses in Nova Scotia. She maintains two websites for gardeners, Bloominganswers.com and bloomingwriter.blogspot.com. 

Jodi is also editor, photographer, reporter, designer and go-fer of The Canning Gazette, a tiny but beloved monthly community paper in Canning, NS, a post she has lovingly held for more than 15 years.


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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