Søren Bondrup-Nielsen


Søren Bondrup-Nielsen was born in Denmark, but at the age of 13 his family immigrated to Canada. After a year in Toronto they moved into the country, and as a teenager, Søren spent as much time as he could outdoors. His outdoor interests eventually led to a PhD in Zoology from the University of Alberta. Søren moved to Nova Scotia in 1989 where he joined the Biology Department at Acadia University, teaching Ecology and Conservation Biology.

Søren is passionate about the outdoors and how we humans relate to nature. With many scientific articles and edited books dealing with ecology and conservation, Søren tackled writing for the general public with the publication of “Winter on Diamond: An encounter with the Temagami Wilderness”, which was published through Res Telluris in December 2004. In 2008 Gaspereau Press published Winter Nature. Common Mammals, Birds, Trees and Shrubs of the Maritimes. In 2009 Gaspereau Press published Søren’s third book A Sound Like Water Dripping: In Search of the Boreal Owl.

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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