Our winter and spring 2021 workshops take place online through Zoom. Scroll down for the complete workshop schedule and information about scholarship opportunities.
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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
Each term, QWF offers four full scholarships to aspiring writers and playwrights who are Indigenous, Black, or persons of colour. Click here for more information>>
Needs-based Workshop Scholarships
QWF offers an additional four full scholarships each term to participants who would not be able to attend without financial support. Click here for more information>>
The Three-Act Theory of Life (and Screenwriting)Led by: J. Jacob Potashnik
This workshop will give you the tools to stop dreaming about screenwriting and start screenwriting! When you have completed this course of study, exchange, and sharing, you will never look and experience screen narratives in the same way. More infoMore info
Illuminated Grant-WritingLed by: Tawhida Tanya Evanson
This three-session workshop will examine how writers with projects for print, spoken word, or storytelling can make a strong literary arts grant application. More infoMore info
Poetry and Prose Writing From the Body-MindLed by: seeley quest
This workshop welcomes writers with disabilities and our allies, to practice our own writing in different formats, individually and in group compositions, building upon each others’ work and existing disability literature. More infoMore info
Crafting Kick-Arse Tales for Kids and TeensLed by: Raquel Rivera
This workshop offers a hands-on, noses-in-our-books approach to the fine art of writing for young people. You’ll be asked to read with care, write with abandon, and analyze your own works and those of others. More infoMore info
Story Architecture: A Short-Fiction WorkshopLed by: Rebecca Morris
Writers in this online workshop will experiment with chronology, geography, and narrative to craft the architecture of their stories. More infoMore info
Beginnings, Openings, Origins: A Poetry WorkshopLed by: T. Liem
With the goal of generating new writing, this workshop group will examine beginnings, openings, and origins. We will look at a variety of works with specific attention to opening lines, sentences, and stanzas/paragraphs. More infoMore info
Telling Tales: Long-form Journalism for Mainstream MediaLed by: Richard Andrews
Targeted at motivated storytellers, Telling Tales covers the basics of researching, writing, editing, and pitching in-depth narratives of more than 1,000 words for mainstream outlets. More infoMore info
Fiction: Reconstructions of RealityLed by: H. Nigel Thomas
This workshop will focus on the short story. Participants are expected to have written at least a couple of short stories and to have some understanding of fictional terms and the rhetoric of fiction. More infoMore info
Speculative Fiction: Creating and Writing Alternative WorldsLed by: Su J. Sokol
Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of speculative fiction and its various sub-genres while sharpening their knowledge of craft, with a special focus on successful world-building and character development. More infoMore info
The Lighter Side of Memoir WritingLed by: Edeet Ravel
In this workshop we will explore the process of writing memoirs and look at ways in which we can take a lighter approach, even when dealing with serious subjects. More infoMore info
Research and CreationLed by: Chelsea Vowel
This workshop is for writers who do not necessarily consider themselves to be academics, but who wish to engage in research as part of their creative works for the sake of accuracy and authenticity, and perhaps also to transcend the constraints of what is recognized as possible. More infoMore info
Live (on Zoom) Demo of ScrivenerLed by: Oliver Evensen
In this one-hour web session, you can expect to learn about the core features of Scrivener so you can get up and running fast. You’ll also get a glimpse of what Scrivener is capable of doing when you go beyond the basics, and you’ll have a chance to ask a “power user” questions about features you haven’t mastered. More info
Information Session: Canada Council Research and Creation GrantsLed by: Andrew Steinmetz
In this free 90-minute session, delivered on Zoom, Canada Council program officer Andrew Steinmetz will give a brief presentation on the Council’s Research and Creation component and then answer questions. More infoMore info
Voices in the Dark: Writing the Braided EssayLed by: Kasia Van Schaik
In this free 90-minute craft workshop, delivered on Zoom, Kasia Van Schaik will lead participants through the process of writing a personal essay using a braided technique: a form of nonfiction wherein the writer interweaves multiple threads and through-lines of material, each on a different subject, connecting the personal with the political. More infoMore info
Media Relations 101 for the Arts – The Basics in a Six-Hour WorkshopLed by: Carolyne Van Der Meer
Do you work in the arts and sometimes have an opportunity to get some media attention but you don’t know quite how to do it? The objective of this workshop is to provide the basic tools to prepare you for undertaking media relations. More infoMore info
Mired 2 Moving: Getting Unstuck in Your WritingLed by: Joliane Allaire and Lisa Ndejuru
Mired 2 Moving is a deep listening and storytelling space where everyone comes in with what they are holding and where they want to get to.
Our intention is to explore and strengthen your relationship with your writing. We work with elements of Journaling, social presencing theatre, playback theatre, and guided visualization. More infoMore info