At this time, we hope to be able to hold all workshops in the QWF office with the exception of Insider Tips on How to Promote Your Book, which will be exclusively online. If all goes according to plan, we will pilot a hybrid model to enable one or two participants from outside the Greater Montreal area to attend onsite workshops via digital means. If you are unable to attend in person because of distance or disability, please contact Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org
If the public health situation deteriorates, all workshops will be moved online.
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>>
Illuminated Grant-WritingLed by: Tawhida Tanya Evanson
This series of three workshops will examine how writers with projects for print, spoken word, or storytelling can make a strong literary arts grant application. More infoMore info
Poetry To See: Creating Visual Poetry BroadsidesLed by: Billy Mavreas
Participants will use text and image to create your very own visual poetry broadsides. More infoMore info
Creating a Universe with WordsLed by: Antolina Ortiz Moore
This workshop is designed to help you stay motivated and focused through the difficult parts of writing and aims to give you the tools to enjoy your writing process. More infoMore info
Translating QuebecLed by: Arielle Aaronson
This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in exporting Quebec French to an English audience. More infoMore info
Mining Personal History to Enrich Our Short FictionLed by: Mark Paterson
In this workshop, seeking out kernels of truth from our own lives will be encouraged. We will embrace personal history for what it is: a fruitful mine for our short fiction. More infoMore info
A Journey into Spoken WordLed by: Deanna Smith
Objectives include learning about the history of spoken word and its place within the wider world of poetry, understanding some of the stigma surrounding spoken word and slam, and increasing appreciation for the craft of writing for performance. More infoMore info
Pitching on Paper: Creating a TV Series ProposalLed by: Jennifer McAuley
In this 6-week workshop participants will expand, develop, structure, break down, and build up show ideas into full-blown proposals, ready to present to a network or production executive. More infoMore info
Narrative Non-Fiction: Creating ScenesLed by: Adam Leith Gollner
In this workshop we’ll learn about how to write scenes that are true to life. Instead of simply stating what happened, we’ll explore how to create a scene, as a screenwriter or novelist might. More infoMore info
Write to ThrillLed by: Catherine McKenzie
Have you always wanted to write a thriller? Need help completing one you’ve already started? This is the workshop for you! More infoMore info
Forms and Frames – A Poetry WorkshopLed by: Patrick O'Reilly
Forms and Frames focuses on artificial forms as a means of expression, subversion, and creative generation. Participants will discuss and practice a small selection of artificial forms from a diverse range of traditions, including the Pantoum, the Haibun, and the Pas-de-Deux. More infoMore info
Insider Tips on How to Promote Your BookLed by: Tommy Schnurmacher
The goal of this three-hour online workshop is to boost writers’ confidence in their own ability to promote their work while having fun and avoiding expensive and time-consuming pitfalls. More infoMore info
Intermediate Memoir: The Art of TruthLed by: Elaine Kalman Naves
This workshop on memoir is designed for people who already have some experience of workshop settings and would like to embark or have already begun to embark on a memoir project of their own More infoMore info
Commentary Camp: Frame It. Write It. Publish It.Led by: Lori Sokol
Through this workshop you will be guided, step-by-step, on how to clearly and persuasively craft publishable commentaries — including how to develop and master that proverbial ‘hook,’ which will enable your submission to stand out above all others. More infoMore info