Michael Hennessey

Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Michael Hennessey has published a novel, two non-fiction books and two collections of short stories. He has also had twelve plays produced, some of which have been performed across Canada.

Michael’s poetry and short fiction have been published in several Canadian magazines, and his stories and plays have been produced on CBC Radio. He served seven years with the Royal Canadian Navy, and worked as the Registrar and Secretary at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Michael’s crime and mystery stories have been accepted by a variety of online publications, including Blue Murder, HandHeldCrime, Orchard Press Mysteries, Mysterical-E, Shred of Evidence, and Spinetingler Magazine. He is currently working on another novel.

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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