Sheldon Currie

BIOGRAPHY

Sheldon Currie was born in Reserve Mines, Cape Breton, and often draws from the mining experience in his writing. His novel, The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum, was adapted for film under the title Margaret’s Museum, which won international accolades, and was also the basis of a CBC radio play by Wendy Lill. A recent stage adaptation of his novel, The Company Store, concluded runs in theatres across Canada just last year.

After a short spell in the RCAF and several jobs, Sheldon attended the University College of Cape Breton and St. Francis Xavier University. He did post-graduate work at the University of New Brunswick and the University of Alabama before starting to teach in high schools, and subsequently at St. Francis Xavier University. Sheldon is now retired from teaching and writes full-time.


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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 communications@writers.ns.ca