…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
Blue Pencil BootcampJuly 8 to 10, 2016. Join professional editor Gwynn Scheltema for three days of intensive workshopping and editing your manuscript at Glentula.
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.
Write to Win: Techniques & Tips for First PlaceMay 28. Discover what you need to do to get your contest entries to the winners circle. Contest winners and judges, Dorothea Helms and Ruth E. Walker show you how.
Watch Your Language AND From Inspiration to PublicationMay 1. Once again, Writescape heads to the Ontario Writers' Conference to offer workshops as part of this exciting annual gathering of writers, editors, agents and publishers.
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.
“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
Seven Tips for Finding Inspiration
May 25, 2016Ruth E. Walker. Inspiration for writers is always just around the corner. Trouble is, sometimes you can't see the corner.
Step by Step
May 18, 2016Gwynn Scheltema. What do you do to keep your word count clocking up week after week?
First Impressions Matter
May 11, 2016Ruth E. Walker. Don't lie when you're posting on social media. Save the fiction for your novel.
Find Your Way to First Place
May 4, 2016Guest Blogger: Dorothea Helms, a.k.a. The Writing Fairy. Contest wins build your creds & confidence. Dorothea shares some tips and insider advice about winning entries.