Linda Little


Linda Little’s most recent novel is Grist (Roseway 2014). Her first children’s picture book, Work and More Work, was published by Groundwood in 2015. Her previous work includes two award-winning novels: Scotch River (Penguin 2006) and Strong Hollow (Goose Lane 2001). She has published short stories in many reviews and anthologies, including The Antigonish Review, Descant, Matrix, The Journey Prize Anthology, and The Penguin Book of Short Stories by Canadian Women. She teaches seasonally at the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus.




Winner of the 2007 Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction; ‘Scotch River’


Winner of the 2007 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award; ‘Scotch River’


Winner of the 2002 Cunard First Book Award; ‘Strong Hollow’


Shortlisted for the 2002 Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction; ‘Strong Hollow’


Shortlisted for the 2002 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award; ‘Strong Hollow’


Shortlisted for Canada/ First Novel Award; ‘Strong Hollow’

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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