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About WFNS

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is a registered not-for-profit organization, with official charitable status, that exists only through the support provided by government partners, member dues, and generous donations. Along with our gratitude, donors of $10 or more receive a charitable tax receipt for the value of their gift, emailed to the address provided at checkout.

WFNS is an arts service organization founded on a collaborative philosophy: writers helping writers. This philosophy informs a complete cycle of development programming (such as creative writing workshops and professional development sessions) 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 700 members, at all career stages, for whom we coordinate special projects & events and administer invaluable ongoing programs & awards.

Alternative Donation Methods

You can also donate to WFNS by e-transfer (sent to with “donation” in the note field), by credit card over the phone (902 423 8116), or by mailed cheque (payable to Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and sent to WFNS, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS, B3H 4P7).


Donating Recreational Equipment to the Jampolis Cottage Residency Program

In an effort to provide multiple recreation opportunities at Jampolis Cottage, WFNS is seeking donations of recreational equipment that is in good or excellent shape. In particular, we’re seeking the following:

Bicycles (various sizes), Bicycle helmets (various sizes), Binoculars, Birdfeeders, Crampon sets, Dartboard & darts, Firewood (seasoned preferred, but wet also accepted), Games (board, card, and yard), Deckchairs/lawnchairs, Deck umbrella, Lifejackets (various sizes), Free outdoor library, Plants (indoor, low-maintenance), Puzzles, Ski boots (various sizes), Skis and poles (crosscountry preferred), Snowshoes, Speakers (bluetooth preferred), Walking pole sets, and Wildlife guides.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide charitable tax receipts for donations of physical goods unless they have been appraised. If you’re interested in donating physical goods for use by resident writers at Jampolis Cottage, please contact us at

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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