Fiction Intensive (virtual) with Stephanie Domet

The goal of WFNS’s new “intensive” workshops is to guide writers through the feedback, revision, and submission processes that form the path from completed draft to submitted manuscript. Each “intensive” combines elements of WFNS’s traditional creative writing workshops and professional development sessions with the peer-to-peer feedback (facilitated by the instructor) that makes informal writing groups so valuable. Participants must have a completed draft before the workshop begins and must commit to reading other participants’ drafts between workshop sessions.

The Novel

There are many paths to publication, and most of them start with a polished draft. In this fiction intensive, you’ll learn strategies and techniques for revision including self-editing and editing with peer feedback. You’ll also learn the basic best practices of preparing your polished manuscript for submission: writing a synopsis, writing query letters, and preparing for self-promotion/publicity—not to mention managing the feelings that arise at every stage.

No matter what path you take to publication, one of the most vital tools in a writer’s kit can be their peer relationships: a writers’ group can be a supportive atmosphere for ongoing professional development, so we’ll also focus on building and navigating writers’ group relationships, including guidance on how to develop feedback for peers and work with feedback from peers.

Participants should have at least a messy first draft of their novel in order to benefit fully from this workshop—but those with a messy first draft of a short story and a desire to learn about the novel are equally welcome.

About the instructor: Stephanie Domet is a writer and editor who lives in Kjipuktuk. She is the author of two novels for adults—Homing and Fallsy Downsies—and a book for middle grade readers called Amazing Atlantic Canadian Women. She is the co-founder and co-executive director of AfterWords Literary Festival, and she is probably wearing something she sewed.

Recommended experience level: Emerging and established fiction writers with at least one traditionally or self-published novel OR two publications in magazines, journals, or anthologies—or with similar publication experience in another form or genre (About recommended experience levels)

Location: Zoom

Dates of 5-week workshop: Mondays, Nov 7 + Nov 14 + Nov 21 + Nov 28 + Dec 5, 2022 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)

Non-member price: $254 (includes 2022 General Membership in WFNS)

2022 member price: $189

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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