Retreats & Workshops
Write to Win: Techniques & Tips for First PlaceJune 17. Get your entries to the winner's circle. Contest winners and judges, Dorothea Helms & Ruth E. Walker show you how.
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.
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.
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
Your Writer’s Voice
April 26, 2017Gwynn Scheltema. What is that elusive quality we call the writer’s or author’s voice? And why does it matter?
Recipe for a Writing Grant
April 19, 2017Ruth E. Walker. Grant winners must write like Atwood? Learn how a technology wizard wrote a winning application that warmed the hearts of adjudicators.
Write Beyond the Boundaries
April 12, 2017Ruth E. Walker. When a documentary film defies expectations, a writer can learn from the choices of the filmmaker. And maybe that writer can apply the lessons to her work.
Tax tips for writing income
April 5, 2017Gwynn Scheltema. It's tax time again. Here are a few tips about reporting writing income to get you started.
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.