Nova Scotia Literary Festivals

Information in this database was initially gathered in 2021. Please consult individual websites for festival dates and schedules.

To submit or update a listing, please contact with all required information and the subject line “Nova Scotia Literary Festivals.” 

Festival NameLocationWebsiteAudienceTypical Dates
AfterWords Literary FestivalHalifaxafterwordsliterary
Generallate September / early October
Cabot Trail Writers FestivalSt. Ann’scabottrail
Generallate September / early October
East Bound: Talking Atlantic
Generalmid May
Lunenburg Lit FestivalLunenburglunenburglit
Generallate September
Port Medway Readers' FestivalPort Medwayportmedwayreaders
Read by the SeaRiver Johnreadbythesea.caGeneralearly July
Word On The
Generalmid September
Funny PagesHalifaxfunnypages.caChildren's bookslate April
Hackmatack Festival of
Children's bookslate May
Read by the Sea – WordPlayRiver
Children's booksearly July
Hal-ConHalifaxhal-con.comScience fiction & fantasylate October
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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