COVID-19 UPDATE REGARDING WORKSHOPS — our workshops are now being offered online using Zoom.
Please visit our qwf.org home page for general programming updates. We will continue to monitor the public health situation and update members and our community as the need arises.
Thank you for your understanding!
The Spring 2020 QWF Workshops are now open for registration! See below for our 8- and 10-week evening and Saturday workshops, running from March to June 2020.
QWF Members, please note that you must be logged in to receive the Member discount. If you are renewing your membership, this transaction must be processed first before you are able to receive a discount on workshop registration.
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
The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce four scholarships to participate in QWF writing workshops during the spring session of 2020. 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. Click here for more information>>
New in Fall 2020: Needs-based Workshop Scholarships
QWF offers four full scholarships each workshop term (spring and fall) to participants who would not be able to attend without financial support. Click here for more information>>
Review, Refine, Submit: Strategies for Writing Short ProseLed by: Cora Siré
This online workshop is designed to help writers of both fiction and nonfiction to develop strategies for editing their work and getting it published. Geared to both beginner and intermediate writers, each participant will have the opportunity to workshop one piece of writing (up to 4,000 words). Over the eight weeks of the workshop, we will discuss each participant’s work in a friendly, respectful, and inclusive manner. More infoMore info
Writing What We Don’t (Yet) Know: FictionLed by: Robert Edison Sandiford
Imagination seldom seems sufficient these days to conjure people and places that, though unlike us, are yet familiar by virtue of a visible, shared humanity. How much research is required to achieve verisimilitude? And, honestly, when will enough never be enough? Through a series of frank discussions, the reading of various texts, and a number of short writing exercises, Canadian-Barbadian author Robert Edison Sandiford explores the ways in which we might all write more compassionately, clearly and convincingly about who and what we don’t (yet) know. More infoMore info
Silver Pins: Novel Writing WorkshopLed by: Anita Rau Badami
In this workshop we will examine how effectively you have used the fundamentals of novel writing, such as characterization and motivation, scenes, dialogue, pacing and momentum, structure, voice, as well as more ephemeral elements such as tone, mood and atmosphere. The goal is to identify the strengths in your work as well as find the tools to unknot the tangled bits. More infoMore info