Sara Jewell

Author of a children’s picture book and two books of nonfiction for adults

Freelance magazine writer

Substitute Teacher, elementary school

Licensed lay worship leader, United Church of Canada

Bachelor of Arts (honours) English and Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON


I Built A Cabin (Running the Goat Books, 2023) – children’s picture book

The Alphabet of Faith: 26 Words About Faith, Ethics and Spirituality (Wood Lake Books, 2021) – adult non-fiction

Field Notes: A City Girl’s Search for Heart & Home in Rural Nova Scotia (Nimbus, 2016) – adult non-fiction


Silver, Illumination Book Awards, Alphabet of Faith, 2023

Bronze, International Regional Magazine Awards, 2015.

Winner, Joyce Barkhouse Prize for Children’s Writing, 2015.

Honourary Mention, International Regional Magazine Awards, 2012.

Silver, Atlantic Journalism Awards, 2011.

Scroll to Top

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