Retreats

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All-inclusive writing escapes with feedback and support.

Workshops

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Practical, hands-on explorations to improve your craft.

Corporate

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Extend creativity and innovation into the boardroom. 

Editing

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Polish your manuscript to submission standards. 

Contact

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We’re happy to hear from you. Use the Contact Form below for any questions or comments. You will find Writescape:

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  • 905-728-7823
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  • 101 Morningside Drive, RR 3, Havelock, Ontario, Canada K0L 1Z0

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Our Mission

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

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.

Our Team

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.