Wendy Lill


Wendy Lill was born in Vancouver in 1950 and was educated in London, ON, and Toronto. She lived for many years in Winnipeg and now resides in Dartmouth, NS, with her husband Richard and two children, Joe and Sam.

She has written for magazines, radio, television and stage. Her plays have been produced extensively on Canadian and international stages. Her play All Fall Down examines the roots of intolerance and hysteria and their effects on love. Sisters received the Labatt’s Canadian Play Award at the Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Festival. Primedia Productions brought out television versions of two of Lill’s plays, Sisters and Memories of You which Lill scripted. (Sisters won a Gemini in 1992). Lill has four plays nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Drama: The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum (1996), All Fall Down (1994), The Occupation of Heather Rose (1987) and Corker (1998).

Between June 1997 and June 2004, Wendy Lill was the Member of Parliament for Dartmouth and the Culture Communications critic for the federal New Democratic Party (NDP).

Her latest play, Chimera, premiered at Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, January 2007. All of Lill’s plays are published by Talonbooks. Chimera will be published in the fall, 2007.

Lill is represented by Catherine Knights of 3SG Talent Management agency.



Nominated for the 1999 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama; ‘Corker’


Nominated for 1998 Governor General’s Award for Drama; ‘The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum’


Nominated for best adaptation from another medium and best English language production in Les Masques Awards, Quebec; ‘The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum’


Nominated for 1994 Governor General’s Award for Drama; ‘All Fall Down’


Nominated for 1988 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama; ‘The Occupation of Heather Rose’

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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