Virginia MacIsaac

Virginia writes from her island home in rural Nova Scotia. Her freelance articles have been found in Atlantic Boating News, Rural Delivery, Shunpiking-MacTalla, and the Inverness Oran. Features in the Cape Bretoner, the East Nova Business Report, and the Participaper cover topics of immigration, social economics and community development, history and genealogy, fitness and food.

As coordinator for a variety of non-profit groups she catalogues collections, creates historical projects, and community cook books.

Virginia especially understands a writer’s need for an organized and accurate back-of-the-book index and has worked as an indexer for Nancy Roberts Design in Along the Cole Harbour Road by Harry Chapman and in Unique:Chester Golf Club Turns 50. She has prepared an index for the next printing of The Runaway by Tony and Donna D’Amour and creates specialized indexes from local history and genealogy books.

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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