Marilyn Davidson Elliott

Davidson Elliott is the award winning author of The Blind Mechanic which is a tribute to her father Eric Davidson, an extraordinary survivor of the Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917.


The Blind Mechanic – The amazing story of Eric Davidson, blinded survivor of the 1917 Halifax Explosion. Davidson overcame tremendous odds to become a licensed automobile mechanic in 1940s Halifax and worked for the City of Halifax until his retirement in 1980. He raised a family and lived life to the fullest. His life story might seem unbelievable if it had not actually happened.

Recalling An All But Forgotten Halifax Community – Devastated by the Halifax Explosion, Richmond vanished from maps and memories. Published in Halifax Magazine, November 4, 2019.

Neglecting Our Duty to Honour Halifax Explosion Victims – Poor maintenance and government indifference taint Fort Needham Memorial Park. Published in Halifax Magazine, August 17, 2020.



Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Atlantic Book Award) 2019 for The Blind Mechanic

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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).
  • Emerging writers: those with numerous professional publications and/or one book-length publication.
  • 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.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for 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.

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