Paddy Muir


After a couple of decades spent churning out annual reports, brochures, video scripts, regulatory submissions, speeches, and several full-length institutional histories, Paddy took down her freelancer’s shingle in 2009. But the words ‘writer’ and ‘retirement’ turned out to be uneasy bedfellows. In 2010, Northwest Arm Press tempted her back to the desk to research and write Wild Ones, a book for children about the tough little wild blueberry beloved by East Coasters.

Contented and busy these days with an unruly garden and community projects, Paddy still harbours a small hope that the fiction muse hasn’t forgotten where she lives. Paddy received three first prizes in the Atlantic Writing Competition: children’s novel (1986), adult short story (1991), and adult novel (1996). She also received an honourable mention in the 1993 Grain International Short Story competition.




A Children’s Book Centre ‘Our Choice’ award winner in 1992; ‘Love From Katie

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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