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.

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Time: three Saturdays, 10:00 to 13:00

Duration: 22 January - 5 February, 2022

Location: QWF Office—Westmount, QCView map


Open to all who have a literary project in mind.

Limited to 15 participants.

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. From drafting a project description to balancing a budget, we will also discuss artistic risk, impact, and cultural appropriation. Focus will be on funding programs at the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. A program officer will also join us to answer questions. This series is intended for Quebec- based writers at all stages of their practice: emerging, mid-career, or established. There will be tasks to complete between sessions and participants should have a clear, original literary arts project in mind.

Access to MS Word or similar writing software will be necessary as well as a willingness to share work and give and receive feedback in a workshop setting.

To complete your registration (after using the link below), please send a short, one-sentence description of your current literary arts project to The subject line should read “For Tawhida Tanya Evanson.”

Important Note: At this time, our intention is to hold this workshop at the QWF office, with two virtual slots available for QWF members residing outside Montreal but within Quebec. The Atwater Library, which houses the QWF office, requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated and masked at all times. If you live outside Montreal but within Quebec and would like to attend virtually, please write to us first at Plans can change based on the latest public health guidelines. Please note our virtual slots are currently limited as we are still piloting our new teleconferencing equipment for workshops, and we hope to offer more virtual slots in the fall.

Workshop leader

Credit: Temmuz Arsiray

Tawhida Tanya Evanson is a poet, author, artist, producer, and arts educator. Her poetry collections  include Bothism (Ekstasis 2017) and Nouveau Griot (Frontenac 2018), and her first novel, Book of Wings (2021), is fresh from Véhicule Press. With a 25-year practice in spoken word, she performs internationally and has released several studio albums and videopoems. In 2013, she received the Golden Beret Award and was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She is program director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Residency and vice president of QWF. Based in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, she moonlights as a whirling dervish.


Please note that workshop registration is on a “first come, first served” basis.

Payment is required to confirm your place in the workshop. 

Payments are to be made online via credit card or PayPal. Click on the link below to add the workshop to your shopping cart, then proceed to payment. QWF Members must be logged in to receive their discount. If you are not already a QWF member, you will have the option of purchasing a Membership, in which case you will receive the discounted workshop rate.

If you are unable to pay online, you can temporarily reserve a place by registering online. Your payment must be made to the QWF office by cheque or cash within 7 days of registration or it will automatically be cancelled.

If the workshop is full, you will have the option of joining the waiting list. If a space becomes available, all those on the waiting list will be notified at once by email. The available spot will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

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