Workshops

Our offerings include creative writing workshops (focused on the craft side of writing), professional development workshops (focused on the logistical and business side of writing), intensive workshops (blending creative and professional instruction with an emphasis on peer feedback), and masterclasses (reserved for established and professional authors).

Click on a specific workshop or writers’ panel below for more details or to register online. You may also register by phone (902 423 8116). We encourage you to register for workshops early, as each has a limited number of seats and registration is subject to availability.

Our 2023 winter/spring workshop schedule has concluded; we will announce our fall workshops in Sept, 2023.

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Registration, cancellation, & refund policies

Registration fees

All workshop fees are due upon registration and accepted online (PayPal or credit card), by phone (credit card or e-transfer), or by mail (cheque or money order payable to WFNS) sent to WFNS, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7. If paying by mail, please email or phone ahead so that we can reserve your place.

Payment by installment: If you wish to participate in a specific workshop but cannot meet the full payment upon registration, we can arrange payment installments via post-dated cheques. Any payment installment plan must be discussed in advance, and the post-date cheques must be received by the start date of the workshop.

Cancelling your registration

To cancel your workshop registration, contact us at communications@writers.ns.ca.

  • We are able to provide a full refund of registration fees if you cancel at least one week prior to the start date of the workshop.
  • We are able to provide an 80% refund of registration fees if you cancel within one week of the start date of the workshop.
  • We are unable to provide a refund in any amount for a cancellation made on or after the start date of the workshop.

Please note that nonmember rates for workshop registration usually include General Membership in WFNS for the calendar year in which the workshop will be held. In these cases, the “registration fees” comprise the total price you paid minus $65 (the dues for an annual General Membership). When cancelling your registration after having paid a nonmember rate, please indicate if you would also like your General Membership cancelled, in which case we can refund any dues included in your nonmember registration rate.

Cancellation by WFNS

Insufficient enrollment: Should a workshop be cancelled as a result of low enrollment, registrants will be notified immediately and registration fees will be reimbursed in full.

Postponement: Should a workshop be postponed, registered individuals will be notified immediately and offered a full refund. The workshop will be rescheduled for the first available date, and subsequently, the cancellation periods pertaining to full and partial fee refunds will apply to the new start date.

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 that 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 with no professional publications (yet!) or a few short professional publications (i.e., poems, stories, or essays in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with numerous professional publications and/or one book-length publication.
  • Established writers/authors: those with two book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short publications.
  • Professional authors: those with more than two book-length publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for 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 communications@writers.ns.ca

Why we do not record virtual events

In general, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) does not record video or audio of creative writing workshops, professional development workshops, writers’ panels, or other virtual events that require prior registration. Several considerations inform this working policy:

  • Intellectual property: Writers who lead, present, or otherwise contribute to WFNS events should retain ownership of their intellectual property, including controlling how, when, and to whom their words and ideas are distributed.
  • Writer compensation & event fees: If writers are recorded for the purposes of distributing their words and ideas beyond the time and audience of a particular WFNS event, then they should be additionally and adequately compensated, as freely available recordings may impinge on their future opportunities for compensated contribution to non-WFNS events. Such additional compensation would increase the cost of WFNS events and, in turn, the registration fees for participants.
  • Privacy: Participants and other attendees of WFNS events should feel welcome to participate fully. They should not need to weigh the benefits of participation against any privacy concerns they may have.
  • Prior and informed consent: Obtaining the prior and informed consent of all participants is necessary to record an event in good faith. The process of seeking such consent on a large scale is both logistically and ethically challenging.

We make occasional exceptions to the above policy, particularly in cases where the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is partnering with another organization in the presentation of a virtual event. If the partner organization requests a recording, the event is conducted as a webinar, meaning general attendees are not recorded in any way. Consent is obtained from all webinar panelists (i.e., those writers who broadcast video and audio during the event).