Jon Tattrie


Jon Tattrie is a freelance journalist and writer based in Halifax, Canada. He works for, Metro Canada, The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax Magazine and Progress magazine, among others. He’s a board member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and regularly speaks at universities, colleges and schools on journalism and writing.

The day after graduating from Dalhousie University in 1999, Jon got on a plane for Europe, where he spent the next seven years writing and exploring. He worked for the Edinburgh Evening News and the Scotsman and returned to Halifax in 2006 to take a position on the Halifax Daily News. That worked out well until the paper closed on his birthday in February 2008.

Since then, his freelancing career has seen him sweating in a Mi’kmaq lodge, exploring a nuclear bunker, sailing a tall ship and spending Christmas at the Airport. When he’s not writing, he’s often kayaking, hiking or teaching the martial art Choi Kwang Do.



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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