Megan Venner

BIOGRAPHY
Megan Venner is an award-winning journalist with nearly 20 years experience.  Her search for a challenge has lead her from the Maritimes to Canada’s North to the Alberta Legislature and now back to Nova Scotia where she has chosen to make her home.

Her freelance writing career has covered a wide range of issues from parenting to politics to business.  As a broadcast journalist she has reported on issues ranging from the impact of mad cow disease on Alberta farmers to oil and gas development in northern aboriginal communities.  She has worked in the press gallery of two of Canada’s provincial and territorial legislatures.

Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Kings College. She was a 2001 recipient of a New York Festival’s Silver World Medal for her work with CBC Radio North.

She currently works as a freelance writer providing material for newspapers and magazines as well as writing work for corporate clients. Samples of her work can be found at www.meganvenner.com.  She also blogs about life and loss at www.misadventuresmom.com.

AWARDS

2001 Recipient, Silver World Medal, The New York Festivals

2000 Finalist, Accenture Business Awards


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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