Retreats & Workshops
Turning Leaves 2016November 4, 5 & 6. Focus on your writing at an all-inclusive retreat. Special guest, agent Hilary McMahon, shares her expertise. Recharge with workshops & private writing time.
Spring Thaw 2017April 21-23, or April 21-25, 2017. Save the date. All-inclusive retreat at the Elmhirst's Resort on Rice Lake. Stay for the weekend or for five days.
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.
The Top Drawer
The Art of Noticing
December 7, 2016Gwynn Scheltema. It takes time and focus and a willingness to really look and see what really is and not what you think is or should be. There is an art to noticing.
Writing Room Worthy
November 30, 2016Noelle Bickle. What happens when you value yourself enough to dedicate a space in which to write: how much is your creative self worth? Priceless.
November 23, 2016Gwynn Scheltema. Purple prose calls attention to itself and breaks the flow of the story. Here are five tips to recognize and eliminate purple prose:
Agent Reality Check: 5 Top Things We Learned
November 16, 2016Ruth E. Walker. Do literary agents want to see your queries? Yes! But before you press "send", here's a few tips gleaned from Hilary McMahon at our Turning Leaves retreat.
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.