BIOGRAPHY
After a career in advertising and television, Vicki wrote her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. Since then she has written sixteen YA/MG novels and been nominated for over twenty-five major awards. Her latest YA novel, 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU, has sold to 19 territories worldwide and will be translated into 15 languages.

Vicki has visited schools in Africa, South America and across Canada.

AWARDS

Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Novel; ‘Quid Pro Quo’

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Silver Birch Honour Book; ‘Quid Pro Quo’

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Edgar Allan Poe Nominee; ‘Quid Pro Quo’

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CLA Children’s Book of the Year Nominee; ‘Quid Pro Quo’

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Ann Connor-Brimer Award; ‘Quid Pro Quo’

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Winner of Young Canada Reads, CBC New Brunswick; ‘The Puppet Wrangler’

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CLA Children’s Book of the Year nominee; ‘The Puppet Wrangler’

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Silver Birch Award nominee; ‘The Puppet Wrangler’

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Hackmatack award nominee; ‘The Puppet Wrangler’

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Named “Best Book of 2004” by Resource Links, VOYA and the OLA; ‘The Puppet Wrangler’

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{Advertising Copywriting Awards}

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International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill: IWK Children’s Hospital Campaign

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Canadian Association of Professional Advertising Agencies (CAPAA) Gold: IWK Children’s Hospital Gold: ACOA Tourism Bronze: Canadian Unity

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IABC Silver Leaf Award: IWK Children’s Hospital

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CAPAA Bronze: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

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Art Directors Club of Toronto Gold: Hewlett Packard Workstation Merit: Hewlett Packard LaserJet Merit: Minwax

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The Maggies: Queen Elizabeth Hotel Campaign

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Marketing Awards Bronze: FCB Christmas Card

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Art Directors Club of Toronto Merit: FCB Christmas Card

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Art Directors Club of New York Distinction: FCB Christmas Card

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Art Directors Club of Toronto Merit: Rogers Cable Merit: Lufthansa

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NAAN Bronze: MT&T


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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