…a safe place to be vulnerable with my writing and to risk trying something new.
Kudos for Writescape
…great to meet everyone, know the theme of the weekend and do some warm-up exercises.
The way you both explain things makes it easier to transition what we learn into our daily working environments.
Corporate workshop feedback
Just Write! at GlentulaJuly 15- 17 or 15- 19, 2016. Three or Five days to Just Write! If you want a retreat that won't break the budget, try this getaway at Glentula on the shores of Lake Seymour.
Woods, Water, WordsAugust 21, 2016. A day of writing activities at Glentula on Lake Seymour with Gwynn Scheltema: group-led writing exercises, situation-themed writing prompts and time to write and reflect.
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.
Workshops for Teachers: Creative Writing AND Resumes & Cover LettersAugust 17 and 18. New ideas and approaches for creative writing in the classroom or for teaching job search skills for students.
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.
From Query to Byline: Get Published and PaidSept. 21 - Oct. 19. Learn the tricks of the trade that helped Heather M. O'Connor and Gwynn Scheltema make a successful living as freelance writers.
On-demand WorkshopsChoose your workshop, gather your colleagues and book your date. Writescape comes to you to deliver inspiration, expertise and support.
“Thanks so much for a welcoming, wonderful, amazing weekend. Loved it all.“
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 to keep a supportive focus on writers’ individual needs: all-inclusive retreats in natural settings with comfortable amenities and professional programming, workshops that inspire writers at all levels to explore their craft in ways they might never have imagined.
In 2010, Gwynn and Ruth brought their popular writing workshops under the Writescape umbrella. Heather O’Connor joined Writescape as Marketing Coordinator and added her expertise to the workshop program offerings. As well, Gwynn and Ruth occasionally partner with other like-minded writing professionals to deliver an even wider range of dynamic workshops and programs.
Writescape’s growth continues year after year. Individual coaching for writers, editing manuscripts to submission-ready status, developing and delivering corporate communications and writing programs are just a taste of our offerings.
Carve out time for yourself as a writer. Whether an evening workshop or an extended retreat, there is no better place for clear, creative thought than dedicated time to focus on your craft. And there is no better team prepared to help you achieve your writing dream than Writescape. Come, write with us…
Our presenters are professional authors, poets and editors. 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.
The Writescape 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.
The Top Drawer
The Power of Cameo Characters
June 29, 2016Gwynn Scheltema. Incidental characters, walk-on characters, cameo characters—call them what you will— play an important part. What makes them memorable?
Permission To Write, Ma’am? Granted!
June 22, 2016Ruth E. Walker. School is not what it used to be. Especially when it at a camp beautifully designed for creative expression and filled with students who love the arts.
The value of keeping random ideas.
June 15, 2016Gwynn Scheltema. Ideas don’t always come at a time when you are ready for them, so here are ways to keep them and find them again.
One Day I Will Write About This
June 8, 2016Guest Blogger: Erin Silver. Writing from the personal experience - why it’s scary and not even necessarily cathartic, but why you must.