Tyne Brown


Tyne’s love of children’s literature began as a child when she first heard stories by writers such as A.A. Milne, Beatrix Potter and H.C. Andersen. Her work has appeared in publications by the award-winning Cricket Magazine Group and Children’s Better Health Institute including Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, and Turtle as well as Pockets, Fandangle, Wee Ones, Writers’ Journal, and All Writes Reserved.

Tyne is a long time member of the steering committee of the Nova Scotia Children’s Literature Roundtable. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. For several years she co-ordinated events for the Reading Tree at Word on the Street and was an active participant in the Writers in the Schools program. Tyne has lived and worked in the United States, Sweden, England and the Canadian Arctic and holds degrees from Dalhousie, McGill and Tufts universities.


Finalist in the 2005 Writers’ Union of Canada Writing for Children Competition


Winner of the 2003 Writing for Children Award, South Shore Literary Club Maritime Writing Competition


Recipient of a 2000 Nova Scotia Talent Trust Award


Winner of the 1998 Joyce Barkhouse Writing for Children Award, WFNS Atlantic Writing Competition


Finalist in the 1998 Writers’ Union of Canada Writing for Children Competition


Second-place winner in the 1998 South Shore Literary Club Maritime Writing Competition (writing for children)


Second-place winner in the 1996 WFNS Atlantic Writing Competition (writing for children)


Winner of a 1996 Writers’ Journal Write to Win Competition (adult fiction)


Second-place winner in the 1994 South Shore Literary Club Write Away Competition (writing for children)

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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 that 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 with no professional publications (yet!) or a few short professional publications (i.e., poems, stories, or essays in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with numerous professional publications and/or one book-length publication.
  • Established writers/authors: those with two book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short publications.
  • Professional authors: those with more than two book-length publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for 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