Karen Kelloway

About the Author: webiste www.karenkelloway.com or facebook page.

Karen Kelloway’s signature storytelling style blends fact and fiction with a twist of the supernatural for an educational and entertaining read for all ages. Her first novel, Raphael’s Riddle was chosen as the grade 5 book club read for all Nova Scotia classrooms. Her second novel, Keepers of the Pact (Nimbus Publishing), won the Nova Writes Joyce Barkhouse award recognizing excellence in writing for children.

Karen gets inspiration from the setting of her stories. She spent time in Turkey to research her first novel, Raphael’s Riddle and in Brigus, Newfoundland and Labrador for her latest novel, Keepers of the Pact.

Karen lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, two teenagers, and their fluffy black-and-white Havanese, Chewie. A portion of all Karen’s book sales goes to school breakfast programs.


Keepers of the Pact (Nimbus 2023)

Raphael’s Riddle (Bryler 2010)


Nova Writes Joyce Barkhouse award

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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).
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  • Professional authors: those with more than two book-length publications.

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