Between October 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, the Quebec Writers’ Federation will offer ten online workshops for English-speaking youth and seniors throughout the province. Community organizations interested in participating can request one of five workshops to offer, free of charge, to members of their community, in the following categories:

  • Creative Writing
  • Spoken Word
  • Storytelling

The goal of the workshops is to give participants in isolated or underserved communities an opportunity to connect and to shape (or “scape”) their personal stories through wordplay and experimentation. The focus is on giving participants a chance to share their stories, document their lives, and read or perform their creative work.

If you are interested in these workshops for your community, a short, simple application form is all we need to get the process started.

Pre-COVID 19, the plan was to offer these workshops as full one-day workshops in situ, with facilitators travelling to the partner community to deliver the workshops in person. Under COVID-19 restrictions, QWF is now offering these workshops online, via Zoom, for a maximum of 8 participants. The workshops will be delivered over 3 sessions of 2 hours, or 4 sessions of 90 mins, depending on the workshop chosen. QWF will cover the honorarium for the facilitator. Community organizations will be responsible for the following:

  • Publicizing the workshop, with support from QWF, and keeping track of registration (up to 8 participants).
  • Ensuring that all participants have access to technology (ideally a laptop with speakers and webcam) and good Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Liaising with the QWF project manager to connect with potential participants, and alerting the QWF project manager to any special needs within the community.

A total of ten workshops will be delivered to ten different eligible community organizations. They will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis, with QWF making every effort to accommodate the scheduling preferences of the requesting organizations.

Step 1: Select a Workshop

Please click on each workshop category for descriptions and leader bios.

Step 2: Request a workshop by filling out the form below

Once you’ve submitted your request, QWF will contact you within a week.

StoryScaping Workshop Request Form

1. Select your first and second choices of workshop:

Please consult the list above for individual workshop descriptions.

2. Tell us about the workshop you want to host:

Once you submit your form, you will receive a confirmation email within 7 days.