Joyce Glasner


Joyce studied silversmithing at the New Brunswick school of Craft and Design before going on to earn her BA, with honours in English, from Saint Mary’s University. She is a Halifax-based freelance writer, editor and the author of four non-fiction books including The Halifax Explosion: Surviving the Blast that Shook a Nation (Altitude 2003), The Halifax Explosion: Heroes and Survivors (James Lorimer and Company 2011) and Pirates and Privateers: Swashbuckling Stories of the East Coast (James Lorimer and Company 2013). Her creative non-fiction has been included in the anthologies Holiday Misadventures: Tragedy, Murder and Mystery (Altitude 2006), Country Roads: Memoirs from Rural Canada (Nimbus 2010) and Still Point Arts Quarterly (July 2011). Her cover stories, profiles, travel articles and reviews have appeared in regional, national and international publications such as Atlantic Books Today, Canadian Gardening, Canadian Geographic, East Coast Gardener, Harrowsmith Country Life, Lifestyle Nova Scotia, Oferta de Viajes, The Beaver: Canada’s History Magazine, The Coast, The Chronicle Herald and The New Brunswick Reader, among others. Joyce’s interests include art, architecture, fine craft, history, photography, nature, the environment, and travel.

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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