From First Ideas to Finished Fiction (virtual) with Adam Foulds

After the first flurry of ideas and excitement, writing fiction can become daunting—with characters to develop and plots to engineer. This workshop will help you finish that first short story or novel draft with sessions and tutorials on plot, character, and point-of-view; sharpening your descriptions and writing action; crafting scenes; and creating distinctive, persuasive voices and dialogue. Together we can get there.

About the instructor: Adam Foulds is a poet and novelist originally from the UK and now a Canadian resident. He has published four novels, a poetry collection, and a bunch of other things, winning a number of literary awards and being shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has taught creative writing at workshops and universities in Britain, Canada, and elsewhere.

Recommended experience level: New and emerging writers—with some previous attempt at writing fiction advised but not essential (About recommended experience levels)

Participant cap: 12

Location: Zoom

Dates of 4-week workshop: Tuesdays, Mar 5 + Mar 12 + Mar 19 + Mar 26, 2024 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)

Registration for 2024 General Members: $169

Registration for non-members: $234 (includes 2024 General Membership in WFNS)

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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 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