"Writers Helping Writers"

This collaborative philosophy is the foundation of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS). It shapes our outlook as an arts service organization and informs a complete cycle of development programming and a wide array of professional services that support the craft of writing, the business of being a writer, and the promotion of Nova Scotia writers as integral to the province’s cultural life and creative economy. WFNS has approximately 600 members, at all career stages, who engage in a diverse range of genres, forms, and writing practices.

general membership

WFNS general membership is open to anybody who writes. 


  • Reduced registration fees for our creative writing workshops and professional development sessions
  • Eligibility to apply for our Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, to participate in our Manuscript Review Program, and to place a free listing in our online Service Directory
  • A subscription to Subtext, our weekly email newsletter of events, opportunities and announcements, market listings, contests, awards, and more (plus access to the Subtext archive)
  • Access to a variety of WFNS support services, such as WFNS event space (for book launches, readings, and other events) and the private WFNS Writers’ Studio (with computer, internet, and printer access)
  • Advanced notice of WFNS programming, including formal and informal opportunities to meet and network with local, regional, and national writers at special events and celebrations
  • Borrowing privileges in the WFNS Library, which features over 2000 Nova Scotian and Atlantic Canadian books
  • Voting privileges at the WFNS Annual General Meeting

Writers' Council membership

Writers’ Council membership is a special designation for WFNS members who have produced a professional body of work in any literary genre, including illustration.


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