Jodi DeLong


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, and 

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 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