Suzannah Showler

Suzannah Showler is a poet and nonfiction writer.

She is the author of the poetry collections Thing is (McClelland & Stewart 2017) and Failure to Thrive (ECW 2014). Her most recent book, Most Dramatic Ever (ECW 2018), a book of cultural criticism about the reality TV show The Bachelor, was featured in places like The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Globe & Mail, and CBC Books.  

You can read her writing in The New York Times Magazine, The WalrusSlate, Buzzfeed Reader, Hazlitt, Maisonneuve, and more.



After 10 years in BC, Saskatchewan, Ohio, and Ontario, Suzannah is thrilled to be returning to Halifax.


  • Silver National Magazine Award: One of a Kind Storytelling
  • Runner Up, National Magazine Award: Best New Writer
  • Finalist, RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, Poetry
  • Shortlist, League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Award
  • Longlist, League of Canadian Poets Pat Lowther Memorial Award

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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