Online Masterclass Workshops

Online Masterclass Workshops

Due to COVID-19, these workshops sessions are now online and rescheduled — the first for November 2020.

Offered through The Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR), Writescape’s Gwynn and Ruth will deliver online masterclass workshops for writers who want an in-depth focus on aspects of fiction and memoir. Writescape workshops provide practical handouts, engaging in-class exercises and discussions, and professional facilitators.

Focus on editing your own work with Find and Fix editing masterclass. Over three two-hour sessions, learn how to identify flaws in your manuscript and explore practical ways to make effective changes. More than tips on typos and grammar glitches, this workshop will focus on structural and stylistic issues we most often see in our clients’ manuscripts: saggy middles, flat characters, and missed opportunities for effective description and plot development.

Find & Fix Wednesdays: November 11, 18, 25; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Registration through WCDR: $85 for members & $100 for non-members

Coming in early 2021, Making a Scene online masterclass workshop:

Making a Scene will dive deep into the mechanics and benefits of creating engaging scenes. Explore essential elements of plot development in fiction and memoir. From developing dynamics of high tension to choosing when to slow down critical emotional scenes, how a story is paced is a vital tool for writers. Setting, characters and images propel your narrative and enhance the reader’s experience. This workshop will enrich your understanding of the craft.

Location: online via The Writers’ Community of Durham Region. Details to come for 2021.

Registration and payment online at WCDR; non-members are welcome

For 15 years, Gwynn Scheltema and Ruth E. Walker were senior editors in communications for the Ontario government. From 1999 to 2007, they edited fiction for LICHEN, Durham Region’s first literary journal. And for the past 11 years, they’ve offered workshops, retreats, editing and coaching services at Writescape, working with writers in a variety of genres and styles.

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