Deciphering the Magazine Masthead

Deciphering the Magazine Masthead

with Gwynn Scheltema

Do you have a finished article, short story or a good query idea, but no clue where to send it? Editor in chief, editorial assistant, managing editor – who is the right person to hunt down? What do all those different editors do, and how does knowing that extend your freelance opportunities?

Magazine mastheads and tables of content can hide a gold mine of information. Learning to decipher the masthead is a first step to selling more articles or getting your short story read.

In this one-hour workshop, you’ll hone your detective skills with quick hands-on exercises. You’ll learn how to successfully sniff out the right editor, and avoid submission red herrings, so your article, story or query escapes the slush pile and gets the attention it deserves.

Literary Landscapes: Perspective and Place

Literary Landscapes: Perspective and Place

with Gwynn Scheltema

the power of place

Who Has Seen the Wind, The Kite Runner or Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone would all be very different narratives if they had been set elsewhere.The literary  landscape defines what is possible and what is impossible.

But place is much more than location. How you design and deliver landscape details in your fiction can affect plot, mood, tension, reader involvement, and character. The landscape can even become a character itself.

In this one-day workshop, explore these concepts and put them into practice in this hands-on workshop.

Learn how to create believable and workable settings.

Learn when, what and how much to describe without slowing the story.

What past participants said…

I’ll admit, I was a skeptic when it came to taking writing workshops. My trouble with writing settings convinced me that I should give this one a shot. Let me tell you, the money I paid for Gwynn Scheltema’s Literary Landscape Workshop was one of the greatest investments I could have made in my writing. Some budding writers may think, “I can get tips like that all over the internet for free”. It’s not quite that simple. Having an accomplished writer guide you through those concepts, and be there to answer any questions you have, raises your level of comprehension exponentially. Workshops like these are definitely worth the investment.

SETH GUMBS – The Fresh Pen Blog

I head into Literary Landscapes: Perspective and Place, with instructor Gwynn Scheltema,the first event for me at the Ontario Writers’ Conference. I’m buzzed and keen. My memoir about Washburn Island needs an injection of “perspective and place,” and Gwynn explains the techniques. By analyzing examples, and free-writing under Gwynn’s direction, it’s not long before I see how story settings are  opportunities to advance stories, and to keep readers curious to know what will happen next.

MARY MCINTYRE – Washburn Island: Memoir Blog

On-demand Workshops

On-demand Workshops

Gather your group. Pick your topic and your date. And we’ll bring Writescape to you.

From beginning writer to seasoned professional, we’ll customize sessions to suit your programming themes and audience needs. Choose from Writescape’s Workshop Catalogue 2016 to help you and your colleagues hone writing craft and develop new skills and techniques.

“I came away with an understanding that will stick with me … great handouts and examples.”

From two-hour evening sessions to week-long programming, you tell us what you need and when you need it. Writescape will supply professional workshop leaders, hands-on exercises and practical handouts, and a creative, supportive atmosphere for an excellent learning experience.writing-828911_960_720

“…a safe place to be vulnerable with my writing and to risk trying something new.”

Writescape facilitators have delivered workshops and presentations across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as Ottawa Region, Durham Region, and Northumberland, Kawartha, Haliburton, Muskoka, Simcoe and Niagara regions, Southwestern Ontario and into the U.S.

startup-594090_1920 (1)Step 1: talk to your group or colleagues about what you need

Step 2: choose your program from our Workshop Catalogue 2016

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We focus on your needs and deliver inspiration, expertise and support. We make it happen.

Scrivener for Writers: The Basics

Scrivener for Writers: The Basics

Offered On Demand.

With Heather M. O’Connor, a.k.a. Dr. Scrivener

Scrivener. This powerful writing, editing and publishing software is specially made for writers. It’s like Microsoft Word on steroids.

Learn the basics in this hands-on workshop for beginners:Scrivener screenshot

  • create a new project
  • import your manuscript, images and research files
  • organize your project notes and research
  • navigate the Scrivener workspace
  • work with the corkboard and outliner

Date: Two Wednesdays that you book in advance

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Venue: Private location in Whitby (flexible)

Fee: $80 [$70 for writing association members-WCDR, WCSC,WCYR, SOH etc.]

Registration limited to 5 people. Preregistration required.

$70 – Register for Scrivener Basics (member rate)

$80 – Register for Scrivener Basics

To register:

  1. Select your workshop (Add to Cart)
  2. Find Your Shopping Cart on the right
  3. Check out with PayPal to pay securely using a credit card or PayPal account

Can’t make it? Book an appointment with Dr. Scrivener. She makes house calls!

Flexible times and location:

  • meet at my home office in Whitby
  • learn at your kitchen table, your meeting place, the local library
  • pick the times and dates that work for you

Recruit your own group:

  • arrange your own small group sessions—perfect for critique groups
  • work at your own speed in a private one-on-one training

Choose a class or customize the curriculum:

  • Scrivener Basics (new users)
  • Scrivener Power Tools  (intermediate users)
  • Compile and Ebooks (intermediate users)
  • pick your own topics or get “unstuck”

Email Heather O’Connor for more information or to book a training.