Shelley Thompson

BIOGRAPHY

Shelley Thompson is a writer, director and award winning performer, alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (UK) and recent (2015) alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre in the screenwriter lab. In 2015/16 her first short film DAWG played at film festivals across North America winning Audience Choice and Best International Short at two (of several.) Her new short, Bats, will premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival, Sept 2016, before starting its festival travels. Her stage play Leaving Wonderland premiered in Halifax Sept 2015. and is now a screenplay, recently added to the slate of Wreck House Films for development. Her poems and stories have been included in anthologies and broadcast nationally, her children’s plays performed by amateurs and professionals. In November 2015, Arts Nova Scotia presented Thompson with an Established Artist Recognition Award. Favourite work both sides of the Atlantic include: Labyrinth with David Bowie, directed by Jim Henson; seasons at the Royal National Theatre and in the West End; working with acclaimed Canadian director Michael Langham on Twelfth Night (Viola) and the Tempest (Ariel); working as Barb Lahey in one of Canada’s best loved Trailer Parks, and working with Mike Melski and three other aspiring screenwriters as one of the Atlantic Film Festival’s Script Unit and Pitch event, 2016.  Thompson works in Halifax and Toronto, is the proud parent to singer/songwriter T. Thomason, and a champion of LGBTQ issues.

AWARDS

Actra awards (screen actor), Merritt awards (stage actor), finalist- Atlantic Writing Competition (Poetry, 2014), chosen screenwriter for the Atlantic Film Festival Screenwriting/Pitch competition, 2016


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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