Judith Hoegg Ryan

Judith Hoegg Ryan is an author, curator, researcher, and oral historian. A graduate of the University of King’s College with an Arts degree in English, Judith has done extensive research into industrial history, particularly for the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry in Stellarton, where several of her reports are in their library and where she has curated two permanent exhibits, “Coal and Grit” and the Interpretive Plaza display. Her second book, Coal in Our Blood, reflects her particular interest in coal mining and combines many of her specialties: historical narrative and mining technology, interpretive imagery, and personal interviews with miners and their families. Among other accomplishments, she compiled an archives for Sobeys Inc. and curated their exhibit, “Sobeys: A Corporate Family”. She is also the editor of the annual science review of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography. A Stellarton native, Judith has lived in several cities across Canada from St. John’s to Vancouver, and since 1989 has resided with her husband and daughter in Halifax and Caribou Island, Nova Scotia.

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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