Writescape’s Presenters

Our writing alumni benefit from what these exceptional writing professionals offer: expertise and a passion for words. With them, we explore the art and craft of writing.


Our workshop presenters share their expertise in focused classroom settings


Our retreat guest authors and agents attend select retreats for both structured classes and informal gatherings


Workshop Presenters

Headshot of Dorothea Helms

Dorothea Helms brings writing magic to all her sessions. Practical hands-on exercises balance with lively discussions and shared laughter when Dorothea delivers her workshops.


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Anne MacLachlan knows what social media can do for a writer. From research to promotion, this fantasy writer is tech-savvy and smart.


Workshop Presenter Heather M. O'Connor

Freelance journalist and author, Heather M. O’Connor crafts irresistible promotional material as the PR and Marketing Coordinator for Writescape. She loves teaching practical, hands-on workshops.

Frances Peck


Frances Peck edits with a passion for the power of words. A true Grammar Guru, Frances will leave no participle dangling. Period.

Workshop Presenter Sue Reynolds

Author Sue Reynolds nurtures writers’ souls and nudges their pens. Certified in the Amherst Writers & Artists method, she approaches creative writing workshops with an open heart and mind.

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Novelist Erin Thomas knows a lot about writing for children. From picture books to YA plots, she’s not kidding around.


Retreat Guest Authors and Agents

Retreat Guest Author Jonathan Bennett

Acclaimed by critics, novelist and poet Jonathan Bennett writes his brilliant prose with the eye of a poet and frames his beautiful poetry within the heart of a storyteller.


Retreat Guest Author Susanna Kearsley

Bestselling author Susanna Kearsley blends history, romance and paranormal, crossing genres just as she crosses the hearts — and times — of her characters.


Retreat Guest Author Barbara Kyle


Barbara Kyle‘s bestselling historical novels follow the Thornleigh family through generations of rebellion, passion and Tudor-era treachery.


Hilary McMahonHilary McMahon is a top Canadian agent, who – between trips to the Frankfurt and London book fairs – always has time to share with writers updates on trends, industry insights and exciting new books.


Retreat Guest Author Caroline Pignat

Award-winning novelist Caroline Pignat inspires and excites writers with rich historical and fast-paced contemporary novels that engage teen readers and adults alike.


Retreat Guest Author Richard Scrimger Fun may be prolific author Richard Scrimger‘s middle name but he is deadly serious about crafting his many books for children and young adults.

head shot of Bill Swan


From deadlines to sources of inspiration, journalist, teacher and novelist Bill Swan loves sharing his years of experience and knowledge of the craft of writing.

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