Steven Mayoff


Steven Mayoff is originally from Montreal, lived in Toronto for 17 years and has made Foxley River, Prince Edward Island his home since 2001. His fiction and poetry have appeared in magazines across Canada and the U.S.A. including Grain, the Malahat Review, Pottersfield Portfolio, the Dalhousie Review, Mobius Magazine, Euphony and the Vocabula Review, as well as the Dublin Review and Crannog (Ireland), The Arabesques Review (Algeria) and Upstairs At Duroc (France).

He has collaborated on one stage play, Bully, produced at The Theatre Centre in Toronto, and three radio plays – Call Waiting, Afterlife and Phone Booth – for CBC Radio. In 2000 he was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for his contribution as a lyricist to the show Swingstep, which was produced at The Ford Centre in North York, Ontario. His lyrics and poetry have been set to music in various genres by Melanie Doane (pop), Ted Dykstra (musical theatre) and David R. Scott (contemporary classical). He won the David Adams Richards Prize for an early portion of a novel-in-progress under its working title, Mariasse. This same novel-in-progress, under its new title, Destinations And Departures, was a Top 100 Semi-finalist for the Breakout Novel Award.

“The memorable characters of Fatted Calf Blues resonate long after these stories are over: a man in a streetcar proclaiming his genius, a couple who question one another after a love note is found taped to their door, a man at a truck stop who keeps a dream diary. They’re curious, funny, wistful; we’re sure we’ve met them somewhere before. With energy and wit, Mayoff shows us all that is familiar, and then tilts the world so it becomes surprising and strange. These are stories to relish – sink your teeth into this book.” – Anne Simpson, author of Falling

“Seasoned and edgy, these stories straddle the shifting gap between the real and the surreal, the magical and the grotesque. They carve out a sparkling niche of light from the shadows of their characters’ longings and culpability, and are guaranteed to test and celebrate the reader’s footing! Steven Mayoff’s ear for dialogue and eye for quirky detail make Fatted Calf Blues a startling debut.” – Carol Bruneau, author of Glass Voices.

“Fatted Calf Blues is chock full of potent short fiction that bores straight into the often cold heart of the contemporary human condition. Steven Mayoff is a courageous writer, blending humour, despair, loss, violence and minor epiphany in his vivid and vital narratives.” – Matthew Firth, author of Suburban Pornography and Other Stories.

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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