Retreats & Workshops
Turning Leaves 2018November 2 – 4, 2018 It’s our tenth anniversary and Writescape is celebrating in style! Our guest author this fall is… Andrew Pyper: Canada’s answer to Stephen King Bestselling...
On-demand WorkshopsChoose your workshop, gather your colleagues and book your date. Writescape comes to you to deliver inspiration, expertise and support.
Custom RetreatsFrom weekend get-a-ways to week-long retreats, you tell us what you need and when you need it. Writescape will work with you to make it happen at Glentula on the shores of Lake Seymour.
Scrivener for Writers: The BasicsOffered On Demand. Heather M. O'Connor, a.k.a. Dr. Scrivener, introduces you to Scrivener, a powerful writing, editing and publishing software specially made for writers.
The Top Drawer
18 Ways to Choose a Title
May 23, 2018So what's in a name? Everything! Your book title is the first impression your readers get of your novel. Here's help with that all important task.
The Gift of Flaws
May 16, 2018Character idiosyncrasies and flaws can benefit your story. But, Ruth advises, they work best when you use them deliberately.
10 Ways to Increase Tension
May 10, 2018Put readers on the edge of their seats and keep them turning the page when you up the ante on your story's characters and create suspenseful scenes. Ten ways to do that and more.
Theme and Premise
May 9, 2018Confused about Premise and Theme? Gwynn gives you her take on these tricky concepts, and why every writer should know the difference.
Two writers with a mission to inspire
When Gwynn Scheltema and Ruth Walker launched Writescape in autumn 2008 they wanted their retreats and workshops to offer more than a standard program. They wanted to create an extraordinary experience. So they committed (more…)
Our presenters are professional authors, poets and industry professionals. They generously share their knowledge and experience in our workshops, retreats and helpful chats.
Who could you learn from? Two-time Governor General’s award-winner Caroline Pigant. Bestselling historical authors Susanna Kearsley and Barbara Kyle. Expert corporate editor Frances Peck. And fun-loving children’s author, Richard Scrimger. See them all here.
We bring passion and focus to your Writescape experience. From delivering innovative and engaging workshops to creating inspiring retreats, the Writescape Team pays attention to even the smallest detail. Gwynn, Ruth and Heather are award-winning professional writers with a wealth of experience: novels, short stories, coaching, freelancing and more. They share a love of words and a desire to help you move forward on your writing journey.
Gwynn Scheltema wears many hats: professional editor, publisher, poet and tax expert. She produces and co-hosts the writing industry radio show Word on the Hills. The Timothy Findley Creative Writing Award and Toronto Star Short Story Contest are only a taste of her writing kudos.
Ruth E. Walker mentors writers of all ages and abilities. Her very first submission won the Canadian Living magazine’s short story contest, and she’s never looked back. She writes it all: poetry, fiction, plays, nonfiction. Her novel Living Underground is now in second printing.
Heather M. O’Connor knows how to pitch a story. She finds the winning words, whether it’s a magazine article, novel query or prestigious grant application. This successful freelancer also writes fantasy, short stories and children’s books. And her latest book, the young adult novel Betting Game is getting great reviews.