Marilyn Smulders, Executive Director

Marilyn Smulders joined the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia as executive director in November 2017. Other jobs include working as the Communications Director at NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) and as a reporter and editor at the Halifax Daily News. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ont. and a Bachelor of Fine Art from NSCAD University. 

Annick MacAskill, Programming & Membership Officer

Annick MacAskill joined the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia as Programming & Membership Officer in April 2018. She is also a poet whose first book, No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and shortlisted for the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award (Atlantic Book Awards). Her second book will appear with Gaspereau in the spring of 2020. In addition to working for the WFNS, she teaches French part-time at a couple universities in Halifax. 

Linda Hudson, Arts Education Officer

Linda earned an Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from Mount Saint Vincent University, a Masters of Arts from Acadia University, and a Masters in Library and Information Studies. She has been employed at several institutions, providing her woth diverse experience that helps guide her work for the WFNS. She has been a graduate Research Assistant at Acadia, completed her MLIS practicum at the Halifax Public Library, and was an intern at the Dalhousie Centre for Learning and Teaching. Linda has also assisted in the coordination of a number of events over the years (such as the annual CLT conference), provided literacy training, and currently also works for the Halifax Regional School Board in the Excel program.