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>>
Writing with the River– POSTPONED, new dates TBALed by: Elise Moser
A small group of writers will walk the shore of the St. Lawrence River in Verdun, with time to sit and write outside. More infoMore info
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
Game Writing and Interactive StorytellingLed by: Jill Murray
This workshop represents an opportunity for professional game writers to take a step back from commercial pressures and focus on personal projects; relative newcomers to explore the medium from a purely creative perspective; and interactive writers of all stripes to benefit from community and exchange with other writers.
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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
Getting Published During a Time of UncertaintyLed by: Bruce Walsh
A publisher explains publishing fundamentals and shares his thoughts on why the details—timelines, data, sales channels (physical bookstores, online sellers), and of course the glorious, physical book—remain central to a title’s success. More infoMore info
Creating A QWF Workshop: Best PracticesLed by: Claire Holden Rothman
Do you have a workshop proposal for the QWF, but feel hesitant about applying? Maybe you’ve never taught before, or you’ve taught a live class, but never taught on Zoom. You know you have something to offer the writing community, but you’re unsure how to go about it. If this description resonates, then this online seminar (two two-hour meetings spaced a week apart) might be just what you’re looking for. More infoMore info
The Essentials of Starting Your Own PodcastLed by: Marco Timpano
This workshop is open to all aspiring podcasters, from novice to intermediate—anyone who wants insider information about how to produce a successful podcast. These two sessions will help to give shape to your embryonic ideas and guide you past the first few steps and across a vast podcasting landscape. More infoMore info