Our Fall Workshops are now open for registration.
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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 ideas for workshops, so if you have a workshop that you’d like to propose or want 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>>
Writing About Trauma (Without Being Super Annoying)Led by: Tara McGowan-Ross
In this eight-week workshop, Montreal-based poet and nonfiction writer Tara McGowan-Ross will take the participants on a journey through their shadows, mistakes, betrayals, and heartbreaks, towards the end of creating a powerful and transformative piece of work. More infoMore info
Your Story, EmbodiedLed by: Emma Lanza & Lukas Rowland
This workshop will involve a mixture of group discussion, critical analysis of stories, and workshopping participants' own stories with the goal of embodying an original five-minute story for invited guests at the final session More infoMore info
The Art of the Short StoryLed by: Claire Holden Rothman
Open to writers of all levels, this 10-week workshop is an investigation of the modern short story. What exactly is a story? What distinguishes it from an anecdote, or a lie? More infoMore info
Writing Outside the Box: A Workshop on Edgy FictionLed by: Tracey Waddleton
Designed to inspire unique approaches to creative writing, this workshop will help squash your inner editor and provoke your inner rebel, giving you the confidence you need to write more openly and honestly. More infoMore info
Edit Like an Editor: How to Edit Your Own ProseLed by: Maria Schamis Turner
Using tips, tricks, and hands-on exercises, workshop participants will learn about the different types of editing (including developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and fact checking) and how to see their own work with fresh eyes. More infoMore info
(Un)broken: Leveraging the Poetic LineLed by: Sarah Wolfson
This generative poetry workshop offers poets of all levels the chance to develop a broader and more nuanced understanding of how poems derive power from the line’s possibilities—including, but also extending beyond, its breaking. More infoMore info
The Art of Writing Speculative FictionLed by: Su J Sokol
Speculative Fiction, a literary genre that can encompass anything from science-fiction and fantasy to magic realism, slipstream, alternate history, horror, steampunk, fairy tales and fables, dystopia, and surrealism, has been with us for as long as we’ve been telling stories. More infoMore info
Playwriting 101: A Playwriting IntensiveLed by: Erin Shields
Playwriting 101 is an invitation for writers of other genres to try their hand at playwriting and for playwrights to deepen their practice. More infoMore info
The Author Interview: Method and ArtLed by: Shelley Pomerance
This two-part workshop will start with a discussion on the methods involved in a lively and thought-provoking author interview. Then, working in pairs, participants will prepare and present an interview, to be followed by an evaluation by the group, with a focus on constructive criticism. More infoMore info
Advanced Memoir: The Second DraftLed by: Elaine Kalman Naves
This workshop on memoir is designed for people who have already studied at the intermediate level with Elaine Kalman Naves. More infoMore info
Writing Picture Book Biographies: Where to Begin?Led by: Anne Renaud
Thinking of jumping on the picture-book biography bandwagon? The two-and-a-half-hour workshop will look at the different approaches in picture-book biographies. More infoMore info
Poetry’s Return to the Returning BodyLed by: Isabella Wang
What is the body returning to? If we are to call our meetings back in-person with each other following the ongoing upending resonances of pandemic years a return to something? More infoMore info
Spoken Word – An Introductory WorkshopLed by: Liana Cusmano
In this introductory workshop, participants will craft a spoken word performance based on their own lived experience. More infoMore info
Narrative Prose: The Magic & the Nitty-grittyLed by: Cora Siré
This one-day workshop is for writers of prose (fiction and nonfiction) seeking to make the most of their writing practice and create quality, publishable work. It is geared to both beginner and intermediate writers. More infoMore info
Writing for Children’s Magazines: A Pathway to Book PublicationLed by: Anne Renaud
In this workshop, Anne shares her tips on how writers can break into this market. This two-and-a-half hour Powerpoint presentation/workshop will include some writing exercises. More infoMore info