Legacy Membership

Legacy Membership recognizes and celebrates WFNS members whose achievements to date (including published works and other community contributions) have impacted our province’s cultural life and creative economy. Legacy Members are granted free general membership in perpetuity. Four Legacy Members were inducted in 2016 as part of the WFNS’s 40th anniversary celebrations. 

Legacy Members inducted on November 30, 2016:

  • Silver Donald Cameron (1937 – 2020), Member of the Order of Canada: Don was one of the founders of the WFNS, instrumental in initial planning meetings in 1975 and on the inaugural executive following the formation of the WFNS in 1976. His body of work has engaged both our changing times and his own restless inquiry, and his longstanding support of the WFNS and its members have enriched a generation of writers throughout Canada.
  • Sylvia Gunnery: Sylvia has been active with the WFNS since 1976. Her wide-ranging body of work, her commitment to arts education as a teacher, presenter, and mentor of writers young and old, her advocacy for writers locally and nationally, and her leadership and volunteer roles for the WFNS are a testament to her generosity and resourcefulness.
  • Sharon Gibson Palermo (1947 – 2019): Sharon was a longstanding supporter and member of the WFNS. She touched the lives and learning of many readers and writers through her work as a WFNS member and volunteer; her tireless mentoring of young readers and young philosophers; and her ongoing service to our literary community, such as her role with the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award.
  • Ken Ward: Ken has been an active WFNS member since 1976. His work as a writer (as well as visual artist and musician!), his role as an arts educator who has mentored students of all ages, and his leadership roles for the WFNS and the Writers Union of Canada in advocating for writers locally and nationally are the hallmarks of commitment, dedication, and passion. 

Legacy Members previously inducted:

  • Peggy Amirault
  • Harry Bruce
  • Greg Cook
  • Mary Jane Copps
  • Susan Kerslake
  • Budge & Alan Wilson
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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