Nicola Davison


Nicola Davison is a writer and portrait photographer, living in Dartmouth. She studied English at Dalhousie University and was on the board of directors with the WFNS from 2017 to 2020.
In 2016, she completed the Alistair Macleod Mentorship Program, polishing her first novel, In the Wake, with Carol Bruneau. It won the Margaret & John Savage First Book Award,  the Miramichi Reader’s Best First Book award and was a finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award.
Her second novel Decoding Dot Grey (Spring 2022) is a coming-of-age story about a  quirky young woman working at an animal shelter, struggling to find a connection with the world. It was nominated for a White Pine Award and won the 2023 Ann Connor Brimer Book Award for YA.
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In the Wake, Decoding Dot Grey

Nimbus Publishing


2019 Margaret & John Savage First Book, 2019 The Miramichi Reader’s Best First Book

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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.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at