Shelley Thompson


Shelley Thompson is an actor, screenwriter, and activist based in Wolfville, in Mi’kma’ki (NS). She trained at The Royal Academy of Drama.c Art, the Canadian Film Centre, Women in the Directors’ Chair, the New York Writers’ Lab, and the Whistler Producer’s Lab.

As an actor she’s received and been nominated for Gemini and ACTRA awards for her work in film and television, including THE TRAILER PARK BOYS, and feature films SPLINTERS, and THE CHILD REMAINS among others.

Her short films have screened internationally  with the most
recent, DUCK DUCK GOOSE, winning Best Atlantic Short at FIN Halifax. It was selected by Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent at Clermont-Ferrand, and was a finalist in CBC’s Short Film Faceoff.

Her first feature film, Dawn, Her Dad & The Tractor premiered at INSIDE OUT International Film Festival in Toronto,selling out in Toronto, Halifax and London. (BFI Flare) and also screened in Whistler, BC, (Nominated for the Borsos Prize) Amsterdam’s Roze Filmdagen and many others across the US, Canada and in Germany. Among many prizes and awards, the film recently won the 2022 Nova Scotia MasterWorks Award.

Thompson is working on a full slate of projects: a second novel (GALILEE JUMP), and TV and cinema projects under the banner of her emerging production company, Rusty Tractor Productions Inc.

A committed LGBTQ+2SP ally, Thompson is proud parent to singer/ songwriter T. Thomason, a trans man who inspires her, every day.

ROAR, her first novel, is being published by Nimbus/Vantage Press in Nova Scotia, in late October 2023.



Oct 2023:  publishing ROAR: Nimbus/Vantage

2021: Dawn, Her Dad & The Tractor – Feature film (Crave Canada)

2014: Poetry:  Finalist, Atlantic writing competition

2012: Poetry Papirmasse – 2 poems

2009: Towards the Light – 2 poems Constellations and Cenotaph

Journalism/comedy:  Chronicle Herald  Halifax: 

2003-2010 Columnist writing numerous artist profiles between 2003-2010 

Sonya Summerville – Comedy serial column Summer, 2009

Plays for Children: Blue Nose Billy, Belinda the Bicycle Witch

Plays for adults: Leaving Wonderland (LunaSea Theatre 2015)

Short stories for CBC:  Bowls of Cheer (also published by Nimbus), The Robin, The Compass, December 1945


and more…




2022 Nova Scotia Masterworks Award (Dawn, Her Dad & The Tractor, Feature Film Writer/Director) Women In The Directors Chair Feature Film Award (2018), Actra Awards (numerous: screen actor), Merritt awards (numerous: stage actor), finalist- Atlantic Writing Competition (Poetry, 2014)

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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.

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