Wanda Campbell


Wanda Campbell was born and grew up in Andhra Pradesh, South India. She came to Canada at the age of 10, and lived in New Brunswick for many years before completing a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the University of Windsor under the supervision of Alistair MacLeod, and a PhD in Canadian Literature at the University of Western Ontario. She now teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where she lives with her husband and daughters.

Wanda Campbell’s debut novel Hat Girl,  winner of the 2010 H.R. Percy Prize in the WFNS Atlantic Writing Competition, was published in September 2013. Her poetry collections include Daedalus Had a Daughter, Grace, Looking for Lucy, Haw [Thorn], and Sky Fishing and she has edited several academic books. She has given readings from Halifax to Victoria, and her poems and stories have appeared in journals across Canada, including: Antigonish Review, Dalhousie Review, Descant, existere, Fiddlehead, Grain, Harpweaver, New Quarterly, Queen’s Quarterly, Room, Vallum, Wascana Review, and Windsor Review.

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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