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Writescape retreats are for writers at all levels. Spark your creativity, hone your manuscript and listen to your muse. All-inclusive escapes for 3 to 5 days or one-day getaways.


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Writescape’s creative writing professionals offer practical, hands-on explorations that will help you improve your craft, go deeper into your writing and gain new perspectives.


keyboard-ALS (2)Extend creativity and innovation into the boardroom. Connect success with excellence in communications: writing skills, plain language and marketing through story.


edit (2)Polish your manuscript to submission standards. From a basic line or copy edit to substantive editing, we offer suggestions, give you examples and explain why.

…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.

Retreat response

The way you both explain things makes it easier to transition what we learn into our daily working environments.

Corporate workshop feedback


About Writescape

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

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.

Contact Us!

We’re happy to hear from you. Use the Contact Form below for any questions or comments. You will find Writescape:

  • 905-728-7823
  • 101 Morningside Drive, RR 3, Havelock, Ontario, Canada K0L 1Z0

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