Sarah Butland


Sarah Butland is a thriving freelance writer and reporter, an author loved by enough readers to make it worthwhile and a discombobulated conundrum who loves to hear new music, tell new tales and meet new authors. The recipient of a Writers Federation of New Brunswick competition with Blood Day the Short Story, her love of writing knows no genre. With articles and book reviews published in Maritime (EDIT), AH! At Home on the North Short, Atlantic Books Today, with some work with Pictou Advocate, Butland thrives through deadlines and diversity.

As a full time employee besides, and a mother to one young book lover, Butland volunteers with the Read by the Sea Literary Festival committee, hosts local workshops and manages the Pictou County Writers – New and Experienced Facebook group, highlighting the vast amount of talent on the North Shore.


Gaining It At 41 (2022 – Indie published)
Losing It At 40 (2021 – publisher: Books to Go Now)
Dancing to Silence (2020 – Indie published)
Sending You Sammy 29-May-15
Brain Tales Volume One 28-Nov-08
Arm Farm 25-Oct-10
Through the Eyes of a Teenager 25-Feb-12
The Wolf Not Only Blew the Straw House Down 06-Apr-12
A Sight to Sea 08-Apr-12
Fill in the Blank Letters 26-Oct-13
Blood Day the Short Story 20-May-14
Being Grateful Being Thankful 07-Sep-14
Blood Day the Novella 25-Aug-15
Cherish Your Treasures 10-Jan-16
Life Imitated 13-Jul-16
Where Pines and Maples Grow 27-Oct-17
I Saw The Forest 13-Jun-18
Save Your Breath 15-Oct-18
The Ghosts of All Hallows Eve 09-Sep-18

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that participants in any given workshop have similar levels of creative writing and / or publication experience. This ensures that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their career stage. The “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions used by WFNS.

  • New writers: those with less than two years’ creative writing experience and/or no short-form publications (e.g., short stories, personal essays, or poems in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with more than two years’ creative writing experience and/or numerous short-form publications.
  • Early-career authors: those with 1 or 2 book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short-form publications.
  • Established authors: those with 3 or 4 book-length publications.
  • Professional authors: those with 5 or more book-length publications.

Please keep in mind that each form of creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults) provides you with a unique set of experiences and skills, so you might consider yourself an ‘established author’ in one form but a ‘new writer’ in another.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed closely.

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