Laurie Glenn Norris

Laurie is a writer of historical fiction and non-fiction and is particularly interested in nineteenth-century Canadian history and the lives of girls and women during that period. She is the author of Found Drowned (Vagrant, 2019), Haunted Girl: Esther Cox & the Great Amherst Mystery (Nimbus, 2012; a finalist for the 2013 Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing), and Cumberland County Facts and Folklore (Nimbus, 2009).

Laurie is currently transcribing letters (circa 1830-1945), belonging to the Minudie Heritage Association, and found in the Amos Thomas Seaman House, in Minudie, NS. She is planning a book on the letters whose working title is Paper Remains.

She lives in River Hebert, Nova Scotia, with her husband, Barry Norris, a freelance editor, and kitty cat Dinah.


Found Drowned (Vagrant,2019)
Haunted Girl: Esther Cox & the Great Amherst Mystery (Nimbus, 2012)
Cumberland County Facts and Folklore (Nimbus, 2009)


Haunted Girl: Esther Cox & The Great Amherst Mystery was a finalist for the 2013 Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing.  Since 2015 it has been optioned to be made into a feature film.

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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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  • Established writers/authors: those with two book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short publications.
  • Professional authors: those with more than two book-length publications.

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