Retreats & Workshops
The Moose Factory Writers’ Retreat: Your Words, Your WayAugust 24 & 25. Imagine a writers' retreat where the salt water of James Bay meets the fresh water of Moose River. And it's free. Incredible opportunity.
Villains, Vendettas and VagabondsSeptember 17, 2017. Come to the dark side of character development and put some "bad" into your story. Find a new villain or add more nasty to an old one.
Turning Leaves 2017November 3, 4 & 5. Focus on your writing at an all-inclusive retreat. Vicki Delany, author & president of Crime Writers of Canada will share her expertise. Recharge with workshops & private writing ti...
Just Write! at GlentulaAugust 9 - 11, 2017. Just Write! If you want a retreat that won't break the budget, try this getaway at Glentula on the shores of Lake Seymour.
The Top Drawer
Smile Poetry 101
July 26, 2017Gwynn Scheltema has fun explaining forms of humour poetry.
I Cannot Tell a Lilac
July 19, 2017Gwynn Scheltema is reminded each year at lilac time what goes into making a sophisticated but fun poem.
A Poet’s Gift: Patience
July 12, 2017Ruth E. Walker. Poet Ingrid Ruthig took her time perfecting her debut poetry collection, "This Being". Was it worth it? Absolutely.
Editor Etiquette Starts with You
July 5, 2017Ruth E. Walker. Working with an editor is a bit of a balancing act. You can be a jerk. Or you can be grateful. Ruth learned the hard way that being a jerk doesn't help you or your book.
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.