Nina Newington

Nina Newington’s first novel, Where Bones Dance, won the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Georges Bugnet Award for Novel in 2008. Guernica Press is publishing her second novel, Cardinal Divide, in September 2020. She is currently finishing a memoir about living illegally in the US for twenty years.

A former Kennedy scholar with an MA in English Literature from Cambridge, she makes her living designing gardens and building things. She is an active member of Extinction Rebellion in Annapolis County. English by birth, she and her American wife immigrated to Canada in 2006. They raise sheep on unceded Mi’kmaw territory near the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia.


  • Anthologies:
    • Family Gatherings ed. Whitney Scott. Outrider Press, 2003
    • Jo’s Girls ed. Christian McEwen. Beacon Press, 1997
    • Resurgent: New Writings by Women ed. Camille Norton, Lou Robinson. University of Illinois, 1992
    • Naming the Waves: Contemporary Lesbian Poetry ed. Christian McEwen.  Virago, 1988
    • My Story’s On: Ordinary Women/Extraordinary Lives ed. Paula Ross. Common Differences Press, 1985
  • Literary journals: Potomac Review 2004, The American Voice 1995, 1993,Sinister Wisdom 1990, Common       Lives/Lesbian Lives 1990, 1988,Midland Review 1989, Visions 1988, Peregrine 1988,Ikon 1987, 1984, Conditions 1985

 Writers’ Guild of Alberta Georges Bugnet Award for Novel             2008

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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