Retreats & Workshops
Spring Thaw 2018April 20-22, or April 20-24, 2018. 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.
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
April 18, 2018Gwynn gives you an update on the ongoing battle for creator rights in our Canadian Courts and what we as writers can do to help. It's about the money. Your money.
Craft 101: Listening to Learn
April 11, 2018Ruth says there's much to be gained when you put down your pen and listen to an author reading their work. It will help you "find your truth, and share it" just as Wayson Choy suggests.
10 Questions to Ask Your Characters
April 10, 2018It's all action and reaction when you lift the lid on your character's background. Asking the right questions will help you create characters that readers will love.
Celebrating Poetry during NPM
April 4, 2018How will you celebrate National Poetry Month? Gwynn shares ways to read, write, share and support poetry this April.
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.