William Crowell

Bill was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia and now lives in Lake Annis, Yarmouth County with his wife, Frances. A World War II veteran and holding a Masters in Art Education from SUNY, Bill divides his time between writing and painting, He has served as President of Clan Cameron, N.S. and of the St. Andrew’s Society of South West Nova Scotia, and he instigated Nova Scotia’s Tartan Day (April 6). Bill is a charter member of WFNS and published Bluenose Magazine with his wife for a few years. He has written stories and articles for the Halifax Herald, Atlantic Advocate, Outdoor Canada and various anthologies. His short Story “A Hearse of a Different Colour” won the Nova Scotia place in the Canadian Authors Association millenium anthology, In All Directions, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2000. Markham, Ont. ISBN 1-55041-1-608-1.


Heritage Award, Yarmouth County Historical Society; ‘The Raccoon Sporran’

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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