Wendy Lill

Wendy Lill was born in Vancouver in 1950 and was educated in London, ON, and Toronto. She lived for many years in Winnipeg and now resides in Dartmouth, NS, with her husband Richard and two children, Joe and Sam.

She has written for magazines, radio, television and stage. Her plays have been produced extensively on Canadian and international stages. Her play All Fall Down examines the roots of intolerance and hysteria and their effects on love. Sisters received the Labatt’s Canadian Play Award at the Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Festival. Primedia Productions brought out television versions of two of Lill’s plays, Sisters and Memories of You which Lill scripted. (Sisters won a Gemini in 1992). Lill has four plays nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Drama: The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum (1996), All Fall Down (1994), The Occupation of Heather Rose (1987) and Corker (1998).

Between June 1997 and June 2004, Wendy Lill was the Member of Parliament for Dartmouth and the Culture Communications critic for the federal New Democratic Party (NDP).

Her latest play, Chimera, premiered at Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, January 2007. All of Lill’s plays are published by Talonbooks. Chimera will be published in the fall, 2007.

Lill is represented by Catherine Knights of 3SG Talent Management agency.


Josh MacDonald

Josh MacDonald is the writer of the stage plays HaloWherevervilleThe Mystery Play and Degrees. Published by Talonbooks, HaloWhereverville and The Mystery Play are curriculum titles in high schools and universities across Canada. Halo has been produced around North America, and been adapted into the feature film Faith, Fraud & Minimum Wage (eOne Entertainment), for which Josh wrote the screenplay. Josh is also the writer of the successful, slow-burn horror feature The Corridor (IFC Films; D Films), which won Best Screenplay at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas– one of the world’s top genre festivals. He is also the writer-director of the short film Game, which has won prizes at festivals around the world, been selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick, and been viewed over a million times online at Crypt TV. Josh has written for CBC TV & Radio, the National Film Board, the Smithsonian Channel, Reelz, Blue Ant, AMI and Teletoon.  Josh has taught creative writing at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), the Fountain School of Performing Arts (Dalhousie University), and the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS). Josh is also an actor for stage and screen, having most recently performed in Neptune Theatre’s productions of Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells) and Shakespeare in Love.

Virginia Hayden

Virginia has many years of writing experience, originally with the publication of academic books and papers. Her first non-academic pieces were short fiction and non-fiction for publication and broadcast by CBC and BBC radio. Now she writes scripts for stage, screen and radio. Stage works have been produced in various venues in Canada, USA and in Australia.

Virginia’s work has won a number of awards and been placed in many drama, screen and literary competitions. She has also acted as story consultant on short films in Los Angeles. Currently she is story consultant for a feature film to be shot in Europe, and her own feature script, Branded, is in pre-production in the UK. Currently, Virginia lives in England and Scotland.


Michael Hennessey

Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Michael Hennessey has published a novel, two non-fiction books and two collections of short stories. He has also had twelve plays produced, some of which have been performed across Canada.

Michael’s poetry and short fiction have been published in several Canadian magazines, and his stories and plays have been produced on CBC Radio. He served seven years with the Royal Canadian Navy, and worked as the Registrar and Secretary at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Michael’s crime and mystery stories have been accepted by a variety of online publications, including Blue Murder, HandHeldCrime, Orchard Press Mysteries, Mysterical-E, Shred of Evidence, and Spinetingler Magazine. He is currently working on another novel.

Renée Hartleib

Renée Hartleib is a self-employed writer and writing mentor based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Renée has been a professional writer for 15 years. Her client list is long and has included the CBC, the National Film Board, the IWK Health Centre, Farmers Cooperative Dairy Limited, The Shaw Group, Saint Mary’s University, and Dalhousie University.

As a writing mentor, Renée considers it an honour to work one-on-one with writers who are completing book drafts or who require a sensitive and thorough review of completed manuscripts. 

Renée also offers a variety of online writing and creativity courses, geared to individuals who want to write but need help establishing routines that work. Her areas of passion and expertise are in fiction and memoir writing.

If you join Renée’s online community, you’ll receive inspiring blog posts on a variety of topics.

A former WFNS Board of Directors member, and a graduate of both the Humber School of Writers and the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, Renée is proud to be part of the vibrant writing community of Atlantic Canada.

Penny Ferguson

Born in 1957 in Storeytown, New Brunswick, Penny Ferguson attended Nova Scotia Teachers College (A.Ed.) and Acadia University (B.Ed., & B.A.). While studying at Acadia, Penny edited Alpha Arts Magazine for three years. She taught full and part-time in public and private schools in Nova Scotia, served as the Writer-in-residence at the N.S.T.C., and visited numerous schools and colleges to give writing workshops. She also participated in many public readings and offered workshops in Canada and in England.

Her poetry, short stories and art work have appeared in publications in Canada, the US and England in The New Quarterly, Room of One’s Own, The Antigonish Review, Cormorant, A Maritime Christmas, New Stories and Memories of the Season (2008), In The Open(Roseway, 1996), The Nashwaak Review, Pottersfield Portfolio, Canadian Author, Minus Tides, Shout and Speak Out Loud, Tulane Review, Poetechniciens, The Gentle Reader and other journals.

Her work has been broadcast on Bragg Community Network TV; CBC Radio Weekend (Nfld.); Ashes, Paper and Beans (radio, NB); Ryerson Radio (Toronto); University of Toronto Radio and BBC (Newcastle, England).

A founding member of The Amethyst Review, Penny also freelanced with Truro Magazine, judged provincial and national poetry and short story competitions and edited two books of poetry. Penny is a past president of the Canadian Poetry Association. She also writes gospel songs, with four CDs to her credit (Going to Live Forever; Let the Rafters Ring; Oh, How the Angels Sang; and On that Day). Let the Rafters Ring (2006), Oh, How the Angels Sang (2006) and On that Day (2007) were nominated by Music Nova Scotia for Inspirational Recording for the Year. She has also published a Senior Adult Choir Christmas Musical (SATB), Follow the Star to Calvary.

Don Hannah

Don Hannah lives in Toronto and Lunenburg County. His novels, The Wise and Foolish Virgins (Thomas Raddall Nomination) and Ragged Islands (2008 Thomas Raddall winner) are published by Knopf Canada. His plays include The Wedding Script (Chalmers Award), Rubber Dolly, Running Far Back, The Wooden Hill (AT&T OnStage Award), and Fathers and Sons. Shoreline, a collection of his plays, is published by Simon and Pierre and is available through U of T Press. He has been writer in residence at the Tarragon Theatre, the Canadian Stage Company, the University of New Brunswick, for the Yukon Public Library Service, and at UBC’s Green College. He was the inaugural Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta where he wrote While We’re Young, recently published by Playwrights Canada Press. He has written two musicals with singer/songwriter David Sereda, Love Jive and Siren Song, both for the Tarragon Theatre. Facing South, his opera, with composer Linda Catlin Smith, premiered at the 2003 World Stage Festival. For five years he was the director of the Tarragon Young Playwrights Unit. As a dramaturge, he has worked at the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC), the National Theatre School, Vancouver’s Playwrights Theatre Centre, and the Banff Playwrights Colony. A founding member of PARC, he is also a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony. In 2008, he directed his play There is a Land of Pure Delight at Live Bait Theatre; his one man show The Woodcutter was produced in 2010 at the Working Title Festival in Edmonton. His second one person show, The Cave Painter was produced in 2011, and was awarded the 2012 Carol Bolt Award by the Playwrights Guild. Both one person shows are published by Playwrights Canada Press.

Representation (Fiction):
Anne McDermid & Associates
64 Bloem Ave
Toronto, ON M6E 1S1
Send inquiries to info [at] mcdermidagency [dot] com

Representation (Theatre):
Michael Petrasek
The Talent House
204 A St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5R 2N5
michael [at] talenthouse [dot] ca
416 960 9686


William Crowell

Bill was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia and now lives in Lake Annis, Yarmouth County with his wife, Frances. A World War II veteran and holding a Masters in Art Education from SUNY, Bill divides his time between writing and painting, He has served as President of Clan Cameron, N.S. and of the St. Andrew’s Society of South West Nova Scotia, and he instigated Nova Scotia’s Tartan Day (April 6). Bill is a charter member of WFNS and published Bluenose Magazine with his wife for a few years. He has written stories and articles for the Halifax Herald, Atlantic Advocate, Outdoor Canada and various anthologies. His short Story “A Hearse of a Different Colour” won the Nova Scotia place in the Canadian Authors Association millenium anthology, In All Directions, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2000. Markham, Ont. ISBN 1-55041-1-608-1.

Sheldon Currie

Sheldon Currie was born in Reserve Mines, Cape Breton, and often draws from the mining experience in his writing. His novel, The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum, was adapted for film under the title Margaret’s Museum, which won international accolades, and was also the basis of a CBC radio play by Wendy Lill. A recent stage adaptation of his novel, The Company Store, concluded runs in theatres across Canada just last year.

After a short spell in the RCAF and several jobs, Sheldon attended the University College of Cape Breton and St. Francis Xavier University. He did post-graduate work at the University of New Brunswick and the University of Alabama before starting to teach in high schools, and subsequently at St. Francis Xavier University. Sheldon is now retired from teaching and writes full-time.

Cindy Etter-Turnbull

Cindy Etter-Turnbull was born on November 24th, 1960 in Windsor Nova Scotia. After growing up in the village of Brooklyn, Hants County and educated in the West Hants school system, Cindy went on to further her university education at Mount Saint Vincent and Acadia. This was interrupted when the first of her two sons came along. With this new focus on raising her own young family, Cindy also started what turned out to be a twenty year career mentoring mentally challenged adults, both very rewarding jobs.

After a brief retirement, Cindy unexpectedly found herself writing her first book. Her outgoing personality, keen sense of humour, creativity and determination led to Fine Lines, a celebration of clothesline culture. A natural letter writer, avid gardener, and feisty fisherperson, Cindy also enjoys crewel embroidery, home decorating (or moving furniture all the time!) and community volunteer work. She is currently working on a play and a children’s book.

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