Retreats & Workshops
Get that Grant: Write Winning ApplicationsOct 28. Wish you could get a writing grant? Stop wishing and start winning with a top-notch grant application. Heather O'Connor and Ruth E. Walker show you how.
Villains, Vendettas and VagabondsSeptember 17, 2017. Come to the dark side of character development and put some "bad" into your story. Find a new villain or add more nasty to an old one.
Turning Leaves 2017November 3, 4 & 5. Focus on your writing at an all-inclusive retreat. Vicki Delany, author & president of Crime Writers of Canada will share her expertise. Recharge with workshops & private writing ti...
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
One Woman Crime Wave
September 20, 2017Get a glimpse into the writing life of Vicki Delany, author of more than 20 crime and mystery novels.
Trotting After a Story
September 13, 2017Heather M. O'Connor. Research grants and residencies help us chase our stories. Read how Heather found the way and the means to reach the heart of her "tail".
An Altered Life
September 6, 2017Ruth E. Walker came to Moose Factory with her next writing project in mind but left with a deeper appreciation for being present and open to insight.
Women Killing It
August 30, 2017Gwynn sets off on an artist's date with women who kill!
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.