Between 15 May 2021 and 31 March 2022, the Quebec Writers’ Federation will offer twelve online writing workshops for English-speaking youth and seniors throughout the province. Workshops will be delivered online until further notice but may resume in person before the end of the year if circumstances allow. Community organizations interested in participating can request one of six workshops to offer, free of charge, to members of their community.

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.

“Searching for a creative outlet during the confinement of Covid, I took a QWF storytelling workshop on a whim. It was led by Nisha Coleman in November, as part of the QWF’s StoryScaping program.  At the end of the month, Nisha encouraged me to start pitching stories to producers for virtual shows.  I have since been featured on Bodies of Stories, the Volume Knob, Mental Health Happy(ish) Hour and Soul Stories Live.  I have found a supportive community of creative writers and opened my world to something far  greater than I ever imagined.”

Madeleine Holden

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. The workshops will be delivered over 3 sessions of 2 hours, or 4 sessions of 90 minutes. 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 (maximum of 10 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 twelve workshops will be delivered to twelve 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

The link below connects to the six workshop descriptions and facilitator bios. Once you have selected the workshop, and completed the form in Step 2, you will be contacted by email to confirm details. You may indicate a first and second choice of workshop.

Each workshop leader has a particular specialty, ranging from poetry to storytelling, comic book writing to spoken word; however, most workshops are flexible and can be adapted to your group’s needs.

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.