Kathy Mac

BIOGRAPHY
Kathy Mac has published two books of poems: The Hundefräulein Papers (2009) and   Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth (2002) which won the Gerald Lampert Award and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. She’s also published the analytico-poetic book of essays Pain, Porn and Complicity: Women Heroes from Pygmalion to Twilight (2012), as Kathleen McConnell

            Despite a typically peripatetic early writer’s life, she’s mostly settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick where she teaches creative writing and literature at St. Thomas University.

AWARDS

Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada, 2002. (for Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth)

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Finalist: Governor General’s award, 2002. (for Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth)

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Joseph Howe Poetry Award, Dalhousie University, 2000.


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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