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. Both books are on the Approved List of Resources for Nova Scotia Schools.

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 participants in any given workshop have similar levels of creative writing and / or publication experience. This ensures that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their career stage. The “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions used by WFNS.

  • New writers: those with less than two years’ creative writing experience and/or no short-form publications (e.g., short stories, personal essays, or poems in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with more than two years’ creative writing experience and/or numerous short-form publications.
  • Early-career authors: those with 1 or 2 book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short-form publications.
  • Established authors: those with 3 or 4 book-length publications.
  • Professional authors: those with 5 or more book-length publications.

Please keep in mind that each form of creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults) provides you with a unique set of experiences and skills, so you might consider yourself an ‘established author’ in one form but a ‘new writer’ in another.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed closely.

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