Writers In The Schools: Where We Are, Where We’re Going

Are you a WITS author hoping for more school visits? A new Writers’ Council member wondering what this “WITS” is all about? A teacher or a parent with school-aged kids who are interested in creative writing?

All are invited to attend our information session on Writers In The Schools (WITS), through which Nova Scotia authors bring presentations, workshops, and readings to Nova Scotia students of every grade. The program encourages students’ enjoyment of reading and writing and engages them in the development of literacy skills.

Linda Hudson, Program Manager (Arts Education), will address topics including

  • the program’s current funding status, author fees, and mileage rates;
  • the program’s core goals and current trends in WITS visits;
  • how authors opt in to WITS, how visits are booked, and how WITS authors can connect with schools directly;
  • WFNS’s outreach efforts for WITS, including organizing author tours; and
  • WITS Extracurriculars, including Creative Writing Day Camps.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A, with Linda, Executive Director Oriana Duinker, and Program Manager Andy Verboom on hand to clarify and illuminate.

“Writers In The School: Where We Are, Where We’re Going” will be held virtually (via Zoom webinar) on Thursday, May 16 (7pm – 8:30pm).

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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