Second-Wave & Third-Wave
Relief Funds

The Second-Wave and Third-Wave Relief Funds were a short-term subsidy project created in recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic’s continuing impact on the literary industry, particularly on the financial means of some writers.

Applications to both Relief Funds were open to all Nova Scotia writers until the available funds were disbursed.


Subsidies provided through the Second-Wave and Third-Wave Relief Funds were intended to assist Nova Scotia writers experiencing financial hardship in managing basic expenses so that they could continue to produce writing in the face of that hardship. Each subsidy took the form of a one-time payment of $250 to a writer.

Fifteen subsidies of $250 were disbursed during the application period for the Second-Wave Relief Fund (from January to March, 2021). Five additional subsidies of $250 were disbursed through the Third-Wave Relief Fund (in May and June, 2021).

Administered by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS), the Relief Funds were supported by donations received from members of the writing community in Nova Scotia and beyond. These donations were matched by WFNS contributions.

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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