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>>
Poetry and Prose: Writing From the Body-Mind– POSTPONED, new dates TBALed by: seeley quest
This workshop will spend time on poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction, focusing on convening writers with disabilities and our allies. Selected texts and exercise prompts will draw attention to experiences of body and mind, and encourage expanding vocabularies to narrate and lyricize embodied and cognitive states. More infoMore info
Writing About Controversial Topics: Non-fictionLed by: Joseph Rosen
Where is your edge as a writer, and as a thinker? What is the one thing it scares you to write about? Where do your personal experiences intersect with important social issues and timely political questions? This workshop is for writers who want to create socially and politically engaged work that appeals to a wider audience, producing a more inclusive conversation about divisive subjects. Participants will be guided through a series of writing prompts and walk-through exercises to help them develop a template for their writing and, if they choose, an outline for a specific piece. More infoMore info
Remembering: The Art and Craft of MemoirLed by: Elaine Kalman Naves
Memoir, a sub-specialty of autobiography, is a form of personal writing that has become hugely popular in recent years. While autobiography is generally the preserve of public figures and takes a chronological “breakfast-to-bedtime” approach to an entire life, memoir usually highlights one period or one theme taken from the life of an ordinary individual, someone with little or no claim to fame. Its special currency is the universality of human experience; its value is what may be learned from a so-called ordinary person. More infoMore info
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
Content Marketing DemystifiedLed by: Ashley Joseph
This workshop will give writers unfamiliar with the field of media writing an overview of what content marketing is, where it came from, and what it can offer, introducing them to the skills they need to be successful at it. The workshop will culminate with a writing exercise with personalized feedback. More infoMore info