Suzanne Stewart

Having completed a Ph.D. in English literature (with a specialization in the Romantic Period) at the University of Saskatchewan, Suzanne also holds an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College in Halifax.  She lives and writes in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where she teaches (part-time) at St. Francis Xavier University in the Department of English, as she shares her delight and passion for books with young readers and writers. When not writing, reading, or teaching, Suzanne spends her time outdoors; her journeys into the countryside, during all four seasons, inspire and shape her aesthetic experience of the world.



Suzanne’s creative nonfiction book, The Tides of Time: A Nova Scotia Book of Seasons, was published by Pottersfield Press in 2018.

Her creative writing has also appeared in a variety of journals: The Antigonish Review; The New Quarterly; The Dalhousie Review; The Globe and Mail; The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada; and Saltscapes Magazine: Canada’s East Coast.

An enthusiastic book reviewer, Suzanne contributes regularly to The Antigonish Review, while publishing her reviews in other journals, including Essays on Canadian Writing. Her essays on art exhibitions and visual artists have appeared in The Craft Factor and NeWest Review.

Additionally, in her academic endeavours, she has published literary criticism in English Studies: A Journal of Literature and Language, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Christianity and Literature, Romanticism, and Lumen, among other periodicals.



“Sun Flowers.”  Short-listed for The New Quarterly’s 2021 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest.

The Tides of Time: A Nova Scotia Book of Season. Finalist for the 2019 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing.

“Delicious Heat.”  Long-listed for The New Quarterly’s 2018 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest.

The Tides of Time: A Nova Scotia Book of Seasons.  Recipient of the Inaugural Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction, 2018. 2nd place.


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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