Our fall 2021 workshops will 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>>
Writing with the RiverLed by: Elise Moser
A small group of writers will walk the Verdun shore of the St. Lawrence River, known as Kaniatarowanénhne in the language of the Kanien’keha:ka, with time to sit and write outside. More infoMore info
Nuts and Bolts of Self-Editing for WritersLed by: Daniel Shumski
The goal of this workshop is to give you tools to become a better editor for your own work. We’ll see how to spot glitches, what to question, and where to find answers. We’ll cover typos, grammar, and usage. We’ll talk common pitfalls and frequent flubs. More infoMore info
Poetry: An Act of MischiefLed by: Carolyn Marie Souaid
In this online, hands-on workshop participants will be encouraged to ‘play’ outside the boxes they habitually construct for themselves, to venture into dubious territory, to be mischievous. Sessions will be tailored to meet the needs and interests of the group, with writing triggers designed to coax out your dormant little ‘gems. More infoMore info
Suspended Meaning: Making FilmpoemsLed by: Rachel McCrum
What happens when image and sound and poetry collide? The experience of a filmpoem is suspended somewhere between what is seen, what is heard, and what is ‘read.’ Learn how to create your own filmpoems with Rachel McCrum, from conception to writing to filming to editing to production. More infoMore info
Life Writing: An Introductory Memoir WorkshopLed by: Karen Zey
Our lives are filled with stories—experiences of joy, heartbreak, or transformative change. If you’ve always wanted to write down true stories from your life, here’s a place to begin. More infoMore info
Story Technique – A Hands-on InvestigationLed by: Claire Holden Rothman
This eight-week workshop will investigate the short story form. Using five truly great realist and speculative short stories as reference, we’ll do a quick review of the basic building blocks of story-writing: things like detail, narrative point of view, and elements of time and place. Then we’ll investigate technical innovations with an eye to attempting something new in our own fiction. More infoMore info
Teen Spirit: Writing YALed by: Lori Weber
In this workshop, we will look at the components of the YA novel, including character, voice, plot, structure, setting, dialogue and figurative language. We will also discuss how to generate ideas, the writing and editing process, marketing and working with editors. More infoMore info
Way Out: Developing Long-Form Fiction Already in ProgressLed by: Maya Merrick
This workshop is intended for writers who are looking for guidance and encouragement while working on a novel or novella already in progress. Ideally, you’ll have a significant portion (about 30–50 pages) of your novel or novella already completed, as well as a solid grasp of the story you’re working on. More infoMore info
Freelance Boot Camp: What You Need to Know to Be a Freelance WriterLed by: Julie Barlow
In this series of three, 2-hour online sessions, author and journalist Julie Barlow draws on lessons from her 25-year career as a freelance writer to explain the fundamental skills and knowledge freelance writers need to get their business off the ground: selling ideas, working with editors, and understanding how the writing industry works. More infoMore info
The Self-Publishing BlueprintLed by: Latoya Belfon
This workshop will provide you with comprehensive material that you can use to guide you through the process of becoming a self-published author. More infoMore info
Storytelling – In Your Own Voice, In Your Own WordsLed by: Patti Warnock
This six-week online workshop is an invitation to explore not only the process of creative writing, but also a brief introduction to the essential elements of oral and nonverbal communication necessary to assimilate (as opposed to memorizing) an original story for a traditional style oral transmission, i.e., a telling vs. a reading. More infoMore info
Creating Compelling Non-FictionLed by: Ian McGillis
Creative non-fiction has been breaking out of its niche to become an increasingly central component of the literary scene. For those wishing to enter this vibrant and thriving field, having one’s work read and constructively critiqued by an established writer and a group of one’s peers is an invaluable experience. Creating Compelling Non-Fiction is precisely such an opportunity. More infoMore info
Perfecting Your PitchLed by: Matt Holland
Perfecting Your Pitch is a three-session intensive workshop designed to bring out the best in your film, television, or web-series idea and present it in a concise, eﬀective, and catchy 1-pager, presentation paragraph, log-line, or “Elevator” pitch to potential producers. More infoMore info