The 2019 Fall QWF Workshops are now open for registration! See below for our 8-week evening and Saturday workshops, running from the end of September to mid December 2019. 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 in January, and for the Fall workshops in August. We offer workshops in a wide range of genres, including long- and short-form fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, 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 two scholarships to participate in QWF writing workshops during the fall session of 2019. 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
Writing to Preserve Memory: Capturing and Sharing Life Stories – SOLD OUTLed by: Gina Roitman
In this memoir workshop, we will explore how to begin telling your story and review examples of the different ways that a story can be told. Will it be a travelogue or will it focus on major events that influenced your life? Or will it be about a relationship with a loved one? More infoMore info
Write Now: A Playwriting Intensive to Jumpstart Your PlayLed by: Alexandria Haber
This 8-week workshop is designed to get your play out of your head and onto the page. Through a combination of in-class writing exercises and reading scripts aloud, it will allow playwrights to take their scripts to the next level. More infoMore info
Everything Happens at Once: Your Page OneLed by: David Homel
In this fiction-writing workshop, we will get our stories to hit the ground running by working on our Page One. Short story or long-form fiction, all the elements of narration are thrown into play right away on the first page (okay, maybe a little on the second). The themes and problems of the piece are all present, stated or suggested, sometimes hidden. We will learn to do that: get out of the starting blocks fast, leaving our anxieties behind. More infoMore info
Expanding Our Poetic Range through Memory, Place, and the Senses – SOLD OUTLed by: Kelly Norah Drukker
How, as writers, can we break the surface of the everyday and go deep? Over the eight sessions of the workshop, we will take some time to dwell in the places our writers’ sensibility can travel to when we tune in to our senses and journey into memory and place. The aim of this workshop will be to generate a rich pool of new material, from which our best work can emerge. More infoMore info
Urgency, Dread, Risk: A Short-Fiction Workshop – SOLD OUTLed by: Paige Cooper
This workshop is intended for fiction writers who have written short stories before, and who have experience with the workshop environment. More infoMore info
The Very Short Story: Reading and Writing Fiction of 300 to 1000 Words – SOLD OUTLed by: Rose Gowen
In this class we will be reading and discussing a wide variety of very short stories, from contemporary writers and writers of the past. We will be reading as writers: seeking inspiration, and looking at what these stories are doing and how they achieve their ends. More infoMore info
Writing Picture Book Biographies: Going Down the Research Rabbit Hole – CancelledLed by: Anne Renaud
Thinking of jumping on the picture book biography bandwagon? Better yet, already have someone in mind to write about but don’t know where to start? Then, come down the research rabbit hole with Anne Renaud, as she shares the steps she takes to lift the veil on the lives of people—from birth to grave and everything in between. More infoMore info
Slantwise to the Truth: Navigating Narrative NonfictionLed by: Shelagh Plunkett
“Tell all the Truth but tell it slant/success in Circuit lies” — let poet Emily Dickinson’s words inspire you as we navigate narrative nonfiction, writing that takes the best elements of fiction, applies those to facts, and ends with compelling stories. More infoMore info
Writing About Controversial TopicsLed by: Joseph Rosen
Where is your edge as a writer, and as a thinker? Our personal experiences often provide a window onto important social issues and timely political questions. But it can be challenging to write about controversial topics in an era of political polarization. More infoMore info