The Spring 2020 QWF Workshops are now open for registration! See below for our 8- and 10-week evening and Saturday workshops, running from March to June 2020. QWF Members, please note that you must be logged in to receive the Member discount.
QWF Writing Workshops help participants develop writing with the support of an experienced professional writer-facilitator and feedback from peers.
QWF runs two regular seasons of writing workshops per year, in Spring (March to May) and Fall (October to December). Registration for the Spring workshops opens the preceding December, and for the Fall workshops in August. We offer workshops in a wide range of genres, including long- and short-form fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, children’s and/or young adult literature, and career-related topics.
We occasionally run single workshops at other times of year – keep an eye on the site and listings!
We’re always looking for new workshop leaders, and for new ideas for workshops, so if you have a workshop that you’d like to propose, or that you’d like to see QWF organize, please write to us.
The Fresh Pages initiative: Workshop Scholarships for Underrepresented Writers
The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce four scholarships to participate in QWF writing workshops during the spring session of 2020. This opportunity is a component of our new “Fresh Pages” initiative, which is designed to help aspiring writers and playwrights who are Indigenous, Black, or persons of colour develop their literary writing. A modest bursary is available to help with such costs as childcare or travel, and each scholarship recipient will receive a free one-year membership in QWF. More information here
Make Friends with the Mic: Literary Events 101Led by: Pamela Hart
Does giving a reading fill you with anxiety? Do you fear having to adjust a mic stand? Do you want your literary events to run smoothly and drama-free? If so, this workshop is for you! Led by experienced sound technician and voice teacher Pamela Hart, the hands-on session will teach you how to improve your reading skills and overcome common problems at live events, in a supportive and low-pressure environment. More infoMore info
Love and Intimacy in Fiction: Setting the SceneLed by: April Ford
Are your characters stuck at first base? Maybe you’ve been trying for months to create tasteful romantic tension, but your revisions seem to be getting tawdrier instead. More infoMore info
From Idea to Script to ScreenLed by: Matt Holland
This workshop will help you adapt your ideas into scripts for TV, Film, Video, Web series, etc., and also show you how to craft pitches and other creative documents designed to attract producers and broadcasters to your material. More infoMore info
Inventing the Truth: The Art of Personal WritingLed by: Joel Yanofsky
We will investigate a variety of forms of personal writing with the goal of transforming our lives into compellingly honest stories. More infoMore info
The Writer’s Tune-Up: Create with CourageLed by: Larissa Andrusyshyn
For all those looking for a practical, hands-on workshop of generative prompts to get your wheels turning, your creative engine humming, and new projects out of the blocks. More infoMore info
Writing Long: The NovelLed by: Claire Holden Rothman
We will examine what a novel is, and the line separating so-called fact from fiction is becoming. We’ll talk about elements fundamental to all story-telling no matter what genre, and also issues of particular importance to novels and other long prose works. More infoMore info
Narrative Non-fiction: Creating ScenesLed by: Adam Leith Gollner
This workshop is open to writers who have already taken a writing workshop or published at least one short piece of prose fiction or non-fiction. More infoMore info
Poetry Workshop: Tentacular Thinking & WritingLed by: Sarah Burgoyne
Tentacular Thinking and Writing challenges the "traditional" form of the poetry workshop and encourages participants to explore new ways of approaching and generating work. More infoMore info
How to Edit Your Own Prose Like a Professional EditorLed by: Maria Schamis Turner
This workshop will teach participants how to see their own work with fresh eyes using tips, tricks, and hands-on exercises. Participants will get a chance to edit their own work and receive feedback on their editing. More infoMore info
Get Your Words Out: A Primer on How to PublishLed by: Bryan Demchinsky
This workshop looks at ways to get your writing into print or online in today's complex and competitive publishing environment. More infoMore info
The Art of Literary TranslationLed by: Jonathan Kaplansky
In this workshop we, will explore literary translation from French to English: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and songs. More infoMore info
Writing with the RiverLed by: Elise Moser
A small group of writers will walk the shore of the St. Lawrence River in Verdun, with time to sit and write outside. More infoMore info
Poetry and Prose: Writing From the Body-MindLed by: seeley quest
This workshop will spend time on poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction, focusing on convening writers with disabilities and our allies. Selected texts and exercise prompts will draw attention to experiences of body and mind, and encourage expanding vocabularies to narrate and lyricize embodied and cognitive states. More infoMore info