Robert Finley


Robert Finley was born in Halifax in 1957. He completed his PhD on contemporary poetry at the University of Toronto. For a number of years, he taught in France before returning to Nova Scotia. Robert is currently adjunct professor of English at l’Université Ste-Anne on the Baie Ste. Marie in south-western Nova Scotia and associate professor of English at Memorial University in Newfoundland.




Cunard First Book Award, Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia (2001)


AIGA Design Prize, American Institute of Graphic Arts (2001)


AAUP Book Jacket and Journal Award


Association of American University Presses (2001)


Governor General’s Award


Literary Award in the category of French Translation (2004)


Shortlisted for the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia (2001)

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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