Linda H.Y. Hegland

BIOGRAPHY

Linda H.Y. Hegland is an award-winning lyric essay, short story and poetry writer, and photographer who lives in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her writing and photos most often reflect the influence of place, and one’s relationship with it. She has published in several literary and art journals, and has had work nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She says this of her writing:


My writing practice is an inquiry into the the landscape of the body, geographical landscape, place, memory, narrative, and meaning. I intend that my writing will unearth truths and help me to taste, in retrospection, the essence of what it was to live that moment – that small story. I write to give voice to unspoken memories, to unspoken experience.


These memories, physical and emotional, the communal history, the memories marked on our bodies – they tell stories. Some stark, some catastrophic, some just detours, footnotes. Some are our runes.


I am deeply moved by the ways in which longing, and being lost, and the attempt to find a definition of one’s self inspire the art. My writing originates from a place of expressing authentic voice.

 

 


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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