Retreats & Workshops
Write to Win: Techniques & Tips for First PlaceJune 17, 2017. Get your entries to the winner's circle. Contest winners and judges, Dorothea Helms & Ruth E. Walker show you how.
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...
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
A Boy, His Words, His Way
June 21, 2017Ruth E. Walker. Every year, arts camp holds surprises. This year was a doozy when a Grade 8 boy teaches the teacher about his true voice.
Stories of Life
June 14, 2017Gwynn Scheltema. Telling and listening to stories has the potential to alter behaviour and help with healing.
Are We Born Creative?
June 7, 2017Gwynn Scheltema. Has my newborn granddaughter inherited creative genes?
A Play’s the Thing
May 31, 2017Ruth E. Walker reminds us that plays are much more than talk, talk and more talk. She thinks that playwrights are far closer to poets than you might imagine.
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.