Wendy Kitts

Wendy is a Moncton-area writer, artist and graphic designer who believes everyone has a story and her favourite part of her job is unearthing that story ― whether by pen, by brush or by mouse.

Wendy has been a freelance writer since 2000, and has written over 200 articles for local, national, and international publications such Reader’s Digest, More and the Globe & Mail.

A former long-term member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, Wendy was a regular contributor of children’s book reviews to the Globe & Mail, Canadian Children’s Book News, Atlantic Books Today and the New Brunswick Reader (Telegraph Journal) where she wrote a weekly column for five years.

Wendy sat on the judging committee for two consecutive years choosing the best in Canadian kid’s lit for Our Choice (now Best Books for Kids & Teens), an annual publication of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Wendy is the author of Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar (Nimbus, 2011), a non-fiction children’s book for 7-12 year-olds; and co-author of Breaking the Word Barrier: Stories of Adults Learning to Read (Goose Lane, 2009), an anthology on literacy. Wendy is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and in addition to writing non-fiction, Wendy writes picture books and middle grade fiction.

Wendy has extensive corporate writing experience from her communications work with the Canadian government, writing everything from web articles, to investment brochures promoting Atlantic Canada to the world, to speeches for federal politicians. Wendy also has a diploma in digital publishing and designs creative marketing materials such as logos, business cards and brochures.

Wendy has worked (both paid and volunteer) with various literacy organizations and for three years, ran an after-school literacy program for at-risk children, K-6, for the Greater Moncton YMCA.

Wendy has been a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia since 1996, the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick since 1999, and New Brunswick’s Writers-in-the-School Program, (WISP), since 2002. She’s done hundreds of writing and art workshops for children of all ages through WISP as well as her fine arts after-school program, Art & Soul, that she ran for three years in Moncton-area schools. Wendy also facilitates writing and art workshops for adults.

Wendy’s favourite place to write is by the ocean and she divides her time between Caissie Cape, New Brunswick, and San Diego, California. Please visit her website for more information about her workshops, or to see samples of her writing and design.



Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar (Nimbus Publishing, 2011), Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award nominee, 2012

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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