Sean Kelly


Sean Kelly is a Nova Scotia-based writer, story editor, communications consultant and documentary filmmaker. He has been published in magazines and newspapers, including Saltscapes, Outpost, New Internationalist, Destinations and the Halifax Daily News, and was the founding editor of the Sustainable Times, a Canadian magazine on global issues.

Kelly has contributed to books on the environment, and edited Possible Worlds: A Reader on International Development. In 2005, he won a National Magazine Award in the Lifestyle Journalism category.

Kelly has witten and directed several documentaries, including the award-winning Cachet & Catsup: A Quick, Cheap but Tasty History of the North American Diner, which aired on CBC and won best Documentary at the Niagara Film Festival.

Kelly has also been a story consultant for documentries broadcast on CBC, Vision, Global and CTV. He was a story advisor on Breakaway: A Tale of Two Survivors, a film that won the 2001 Gemini for Best Social Documentary.


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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