Peter Moreira


Peter Moreira’s controversial book Backwater: Nova Scotia’s Economic Decline was the culmination of more than 30 years in journalism in Asia, Europe the U.S. and Canada. He was a Senior Correspondent in London with Bloomberg, and covered banking for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. A veteran of the Canadian Press parliamentary bureau in Ottawa, he has written for the Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, the National Post and Independent on Sunday (London). Having also published Hemingway on the China Front, Moreira is now writing The Jew Who Defeated Hitler: Henry Morgenthau Jr. and the Downfall of the Third Reich.



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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