In this workshop, emerging and experienced writers will return to the source and hone their skills through a selection of outstanding picture books.

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Eight Mondays, March 6-April 24, 8-10pm
Open to all.
Limited to 12 participants.

Why every writer should know picture books: in this workshop, emerging and experienced writers will return to the source and hone their skills through a selection of outstanding picture books. We will learn wisdom, gain inspiration, and rediscover the joy of word-sounds and word play. We’ll find eye-popping object lessons in voice, character, plot, and surprise—while renewing our delight in language. 

Be prepared to articulate your own writing goals for this session to receive personalized prompts. Or feel free to just explore, through collaborative and individual writing time and assignments. Whether you are casting for new reveries, or seeking to push forward on a particular project, let the concise brilliance of picture books light your way.

This workshop will take place at the QWF Office (Room 3, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Westmount, Quebec) with up to 2 virtual spots for participants who are unable to attend in-person.

Workshop leader

Credit: Pierre Charbonneau
Raquel Rivera is a two-time winner of the QWF Prize for Children's and YA Literature; her books were selected for CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens (starred selection), USBBY Outstanding International Books (Grades 3-5), Quill & Quire's "Best of 2007" (Children's), and more. Raquel has lived and worked in Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Barcelona, and Toronto (where she was born and raised as a first-generation Canadian). These experiences, and her own mixed heritage, engender her deep interest in history, culture, social roles, and norms. Cultures in cooperation is the theme that runs through her writing.  


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. Cheques must be written out to “QWF–Quebec Writers’ Federation” or “Quebec Writers’ Federation”

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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General $170 + $4.16 Fee
Student $98 + $2.52 Fee
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