Michael Ungar

BIOGRAPHY

Michael Ungar, Ph.D., has worked for over twenty years as a Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist with children and families in child welfare, mental health, educational and correctional settings. Now a Professor at the School of Social Work, at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, Dr. Ungar is the author of dozens of peer-reviewed articles and six books for parents, educators and helping professionals including his most recent, ‘Too Safe for their Own Good’ and ‘Playing at Being Bad’. He is also an internationally renowned researcher on the subject of resilience, and leads a team that spans eleven countries on five continents. In addition to his research and writing interests, Dr. Ungar maintains a small family therapy practice for troubled youth and their families. He lives in Halifax with his partner and two teenaged children.

 


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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