Retreats & Workshops
Write to Win: Techniques & Tips for First PlaceJune 17. Get your entries to the winner's circle. Contest winners and judges, Dorothea Helms & Ruth E. Walker show you how.
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.
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.
On-demand WorkshopsChoose your workshop, gather your colleagues and book your date. Writescape comes to you to deliver inspiration, expertise and support.
The Top Drawer
What’s in a Name?
March 22, 2017Gwynn Scheltema. Playing with names is a useful and powerful tool to add to your writing toolkit. Choosing the right name is the key.
The Power of Colour
March 15, 2017Ruth E. Walker. Colour is rich in meaning. But wise writers know that colours don't create the same meaning for everyone. Without good context, you could be confusing your readers.
The 13,000 Km Workshop
March 8, 2017Taking a workshop far from home showed me that while philosophy might give up at paradox, that’s where poetry begins.
March 1, 2017Erin Thomas. This author knows the perils of ignoring story holes. Like dropping a stitch, the pattern is never right. So frog it. And other F words.
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.