Introducing Textcetera

WFNS is always looking for ways to expand the professional development (PD) resources we offer to members and to the general public. We know that many of you have questions about the business and community aspects of storytelling, and while live PD sessions are invaluable, they don’t always line up with your current career stage.

That’s why we’re excited to introduce textcetera, a limited-run blog series that explores the writer’s life beyond craft and provides PD advice on-demand!

In the coming weeks, textcetera will explore topics such as contract negotiations, book promotions, and social media, sharing insight from published authors and industry insiders as well as associated resources. WFNS members will also have access to deeper dives on several topics, available to view or download as PDFs. All textcetera posts can be browsed in our textcetera Archive.

We’ll continue to develop our free public PD resources and to offer virtual PD sessions (held each spring and fall) on these and other business and community topics.

If there’s a particular topic you’d like us to cover in a future textcetera run or a future PD session, please contact us at

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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