Nicola Davison


Nicola Davison is an author 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 (March, 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.
Keep up to date with her online at, Facebook and Instagram.


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 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