John C. Kennedy


John C. Kennedy was born in Massachusetts in 1943 and immigrated to Canada in 1971 to conduct anthropological research in Labrador. Kennedy has a PhD from Michigan State University and taught anthropology at Memorial University between 1973 and his retirement as Professor in 2004. He and his family reside on a farm in North River, Nova Scotia. Kennedy divides his time between writing (non-fiction and fiction), farming, beekeeping, and attempting to improve his playing of guitar and banjo. Kennedy is currently writing a collection of fictional short stories about hockey, tentatively entitled The Rink. John C. Kennedy played the role of the Stage Manager in the Hubtown Players production of Thorton Wilder’s Our Town, with four shows in July 2010. Kennedy is a co-investator in a large, five year research project in partnership with the Labrador Metis Nation. Kennedy’s research that will involve new fieldwork in Labrador and archival research in Europe, the US, and Canada. Depending on scheduling, Kennedy hopes to share his writing experiences with students in schools, under the WITS program.



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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