Nonfiction Intensive (virtual) with AnnMarie MacKinnon

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.

"CNF Launchpad"

CNF Launchpad is an intensive workshop that aims to lay a solid foundation for your creative nonfiction (CNF) pieces and prepare them for launch into the world. Through close reading and analysis, discussion, workshopping, and feedback from colleagues, we’ll develop pieces from their draft forms and get them to ready to pitch for publication.

Part writing craft and part business-of-writing know-how, this five-week workshop will cover techniques for reading your own work with fresh eyes; offer insight on the ins and outs of self-editing/revision and on working with an editor; and provide pitch and query advice and tips. Participants should begin the workshop with a nonfiction essay draft they’d like to see progress to its next stage of development and should be prepared to spend time thoughtfully reading the work of their colleagues.

About the instructor: AnnMarie MacKinnon has been working in some form of publishing—either books or magazines—for nearly two decades, most recently as publisher and editor-in-chief of Geist magazine. She currently lives on Cape Breton Island.

Recommended experience level: Emerging and established nonfiction writers with at least 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: Wednesdays, Oct 12 + Oct 19 + Oct 26 + Nov 2 + Nov 9, 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