Our fall 2021 workshops will take place online through Zoom.
Scroll down for the complete workshop schedule and information about scholarship opportunities.
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
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>>
Nuts and Bolts of Self-Editing for WritersLed by: Daniel Shumski
The goal of this workshop is to give you tools to become a better editor for your own work. We’ll see how to spot glitches, what to question, and where to find answers. We’ll cover typos, grammar, and usage. We’ll talk common pitfalls and frequent flubs. More infoMore info
Freelance Boot Camp: What You Need to Know to Be a Freelance WriterLed by: Julie Barlow
In this series of three, 2-hour online sessions, author and journalist Julie Barlow draws on lessons from her 25-year career as a freelance writer to explain the fundamental skills and knowledge freelance writers need to get their business off the ground: selling ideas, working with editors, and understanding how the writing industry works. More infoMore info
The Self-Publishing BlueprintLed by: Latoya Belfon
This workshop will provide you with comprehensive material that you can use to guide you through the process of becoming a self-published author. More infoMore info
Storytelling – In Your Own Voice, In Your Own WordsLed by: Patti Warnock
This six-week online workshop is an invitation to explore not only the process of creative writing, but also a brief introduction to the essential elements of oral and nonverbal communication necessary to assimilate (as opposed to memorizing) an original story for a traditional style oral transmission, i.e., a telling vs. a reading. More infoMore info
Perfecting Your PitchLed by: Matt Holland
Perfecting Your Pitch is a three-session intensive workshop designed to bring out the best in your film, television, or web-series idea and present it in a concise, eﬀective, and catchy 1-pager, presentation paragraph, log-line, or “Elevator” pitch to potential producers. More infoMore info