Virginia Hayden


Virginia has many years of writing experience, originally with the publication of academic books and papers. Her first non-academic pieces were short fiction and non-fiction for publication and broadcast by CBC and BBC radio. Now she writes scripts for stage, screen and radio. Stage works have been produced in various venues in Canada, USA and in Australia.

Virginia’s work has won a number of awards and been placed in many drama, screen and literary competitions. She has also acted as story consultant on short films in Los Angeles. Currently she is story consultant for a feature film to be shot in Europe, and her own feature script, Branded, is in pre-production in the UK. Currently, Virginia lives in England and Scotland.



Bel Canto – Winner, Short play competition, Theatre In The Raw, Vancouver, 2007.


The Inspiration – Atlantis Award for best foreign short screenplay, Moondance International Film Festival, Hollywood, 2007.


The Grocer And The Skinhead – Columbine Award, Moondance International Film Festival, Boulder, 2004


Astronaut! – Seahorse Award for radio script, Moondance International Film Festival, Boulder, 2004.


Othello And Desdemona – Winner, Spotlight:Playwrights 2002, SOM Productions, New York.

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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