Sally Erskine Doucette


Sally Erskine Doucette works as a freelance writer, and researcher from her home overlooking the Dartmouth Lakes. She writes non-fiction articles for periodicals, and her work has appeared in several publications, including The Chronicle Herald, The Atlantic Co-operator, Kentville Advertiser, Dartmouth-Cole Harbour Weekly News, and A Needle Pulling Thread. Sally writes extensively for non-profit sector clients, including Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council and Community Action on Homelessness. In 2008, she wrote an essay about Donald Marshall Sr., grand chief of Eastern Canada’s Mi’kMaq Nation for a textbook on Native Leaders of Canada.

Sally writes stories about life in Nova Scotia for the general public. She writes on a variety of subjects, and has many years of experience writing about housing issues and homelessness, cultural heritage, and hand-made fine craft.

Sally edits and writes (voluntary) for The Clothes Press, newsletter of the Costume Society of Nova Scotia. She educates the public through publications and presentations about historical dress of this province.

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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