Mark Oakley

Mark Oakley has lived all over Eastern Canada, Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario and now in Nova Scotia. He currently lives in Wolfville, where he runs a small one-person comics and illustration studio. He has published many comics and graphic novels over the years, the largest project of which is a long-running fantasy-adventure series for all ages, Thieves & Kings. Filling now six graphic novel volumes, Thieves & Kings is available in libraries, comics shops and book stores all across North America. When he moved to Wolfville in 2003, Mark got involved with the town community and began publishing a short comic strip for the well-circulated town newsletter, “The Grapevine”.

Originally begun as a limited project, over the years the comic strip has grown to constitute an important and much-loved portion of his daily attention, having grown in both size and scope to become a popular and unique piece of Wolfville culture. (That story, entitled “Stardrop”, follows the tale of an intergalactic princess who moved to a small Nova Scotian town to start a new life for herself. The first graphic novel collection of, “Stardrop” (200 pages, Black & White), was published in Spring of 2010, with the second volume being due for release this December (2012).

From his days working as a camp councilor to now, Mark has taught countless hundreds of kids all kinds of things about comics and story-telling.

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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