Whitney Moran

As the managing editor of Nimbus Publishing and Vagrant Press, Atlantic Canada’s largest independent publishing house, Whitney has over ten years’ experience reviewing, critiquing, and acquiring submissions for publication. She also regularly produces developmental, substantive, line, and copy edits for hundreds of novels, from mystery and thriller to literary fiction, as well as middle-grade and young adult fiction. Her authors have produced critically acclaimed and award-winning books, among them Sheree Fitch, Rebecca Thomas, Briana Corr Scott, Jo Treggiari, Tom Ryan, Harriet Alida Lye, Stephens Gerard Malone, and Alan Syliboy.

Whitney is particularly interested in stories that centre women, nonbinary, and non-gender-comforting characters, and subject matter that challenges romantic and bucolic representations of Atlantic Canada, and celebrate voices and stories from communities historically underrepresented in publishing.




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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that participants in any given workshop have similar levels of creative writing and / or publication experience. This ensures that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their career stage. The “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions used by WFNS.

  • New writers: those with less than two years’ creative writing experience and/or no short-form publications (e.g., short stories, personal essays, or poems in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with more than two years’ creative writing experience and/or numerous short-form publications.
  • Early-career authors: those with 1 or 2 book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short-form publications.
  • Established authors: those with 3 or 4 book-length publications.
  • Professional authors: those with 5 or more book-length publications.

Please keep in mind that each form of creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults) provides you with a unique set of experiences and skills, so you might consider yourself an ‘established author’ in one form but a ‘new writer’ in another.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed closely.

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