CAA One-on-one Feedback

CAA One-on-one Feedback

November 18, 2017

Gwynn Scheltema and Ruth E. Walker are offering the Canadian Authors’ Association, Niagara Branch, a special extra on November 18. After the 3-hour creative writing workshop (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), What’s in Your Writer’s Wardrobe?*, this dynamic team of writing instructors and editors will conduct half-hour one-on-one feedback/consultation sessions.

*Workshop details

Contact: Charlotte King at to register for this free workshop

Thanks to Canadian Authors Association, Niagara Branch and St. Catharines Public Library for co-sponsoring this event.

One-on-One Sessions include:

  • written feedback from either Gwynn or Ruth on up to 10 manuscript pages [**see below]
  • a one-on-one session with either Gwynn or Ruth to discuss the feedback
  • an opportunity to ask questions, discuss writing plans and potential markets

Interested participants must:

  • email up to 10 manuscript pages in advance to
  • provide material and payment no later than November 15.

Gwynn’s and Ruth’s feedback sessions are a featured cornerstone of their annual writers’ retreat, Spring Thaw. Skilled editors, they excel at finding a writer’s strengths and offering insights to specific areas that can benefit from further development. Because they are also writers, they understand that the best feedback needs to be specific and constructive.

Maximum of 6 participants.

Fee: $30 + HST includes written feedback from both Gwynn and Ruth

$30.00 CAA Niagara Feedback

Once you select Add To Cart, your shopping cart appears in the right-hand column of this page. You don’t need a PayPal account to use this secure payment method. You will need a credit card.

$3.90 HST will be added by PayPal at the checkout.

**Standard manuscript page:

  • double spaced
  • 12 point font – Calibri, Arial or Times New Roman
  • minimum 1 inch margins all round
  • paginated
  • name and title in header on each page


Get that Grant: Write Winning Applications

Get that Grant: Write Winning Applications


Wish you could get a writing grant? Stop wishing and start winning with this workshop. Learn how to craft a compelling application that will sell you and your writing project to granting organizations. Dozens of grants are open to writers: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays…

Get That Grant is a full-day prep session with hands-on writing activities and how-to tips, so you will:

  • define and clearly state your goals
  • write a project description
  • prepare your writer’s bio or literary CV
  • present your writing history
  • all of which will be invaluable for far more than grant applications

Participants are encouraged to select and bring an actual grant application to work on.

Don’t have a grant in mind? We’ll help you find a grant for now or in the future.

Participants leave this workshop with loads of information, resources and inspiration.

“Thanks, Heather. I had no idea I could apply for research grants.”

“This workshop helped me look at my manuscript in a completely different way. Amazing.”

When: Saturday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:  NewMakeIt Training Room, 1310 Kerrisdale Blvd. Suite 200, Newmarket, ON

Your presenters:

Heather M. O’Connor is a freelance writer and author. She has won five recent grants totalling more than $20,000, including a prestigious Ontario Arts Council Works in Progress grant and a Marion Hebb Research Grant from Access Copyright.

Ruth Walker

Author and creative writing instructor, Ruth E. Walker taught government employees how to write persuasive bios and CVs, and has won bursaries and creative writing scholarships, and Ontario Arts Council writers’ grants.

Together, Heather and Ruth deliver practical workshops jam-packed with useful information and resources.


Register online:

$90.00 +HST
$80.00 +HST Writing organization members discount


You Earned It – Now Keep It

You Earned It – Now Keep It

Taxation Tips for Writers and Artists with Gwynn Scheltema.

Are you a writer, storyteller, musician or visual artist? Whether you get paid or not, Revenue Canada offers aspiring and professional arts community members unique tax considerations. These are not available to other occupations. So how can you benefit from them?



Knowledge is the key.

Participants will learn the answers to such questions as:

  • How does Revenue Canada define “freelance”?
  • If I win a writing contest, is that money considered income?
  • What if I’m published but I don’t earn any income?
  • Should I keep all my novel expenses for the year when it’s published?
  • Do I have to register for HST?

This workshop…

  • has information you can use
  • answers writer-related questions
  • has creative writing tax-ercises
  • is loaded with tax-saving tips
  • is practical and easy to understand

Gwynn Scheltema is a full-time writer and editor, owner of The Write Connection, and a partner in Before turning to writing full time, Gwynn worked for over 25 years in accounting, teaching and administration. She received her accounting designation in 1974 and has worked in the accounting field as an accountant, auditor and tax preparer since that time.


Send us an email to be notified of the next date for this workshop:




PR Launch Pad

Make your Public Relations Plan blast off and bring you attention and readersrocketship

Get inspired, become creative and delve into the wild and dynamic world of book and author promotion. Invest two nights to :

  • create your marketing plan
  • craft press releases
  • design launch events
  • enhance your brand as “author”
  • find contacts
  • research venues
  • examine social media options

Gwynn will help you refine your image and your collection of ready-to-serve bios, literary CVs and author profiles. Ruth will share insights and surprises from her ongoing book tour. Even the authors with a string of titles know they have to work the publicity machine to promote their books. Whether you have a book in hand or are working toward that goal, this workshop series will get you fired up and ready to launch.

Date: Consecutive evenings on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29

Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Trent University Oshawa Campus

Cost:  $75 ($65 for members of  Writers’ organizations: WCDR, WCYR, WCSC, SOH, PWAC etc.)


Get the Word Out: Social Media for Writers and Artists

Get the Word Out: Social Media for Writers and Artists

with Heather M. O’Connor and Anne MacLachlan

Fee: $125 [$110 for writing association members-WCDR, WCSC, WCYR, SOH etc.]

Social media: the online cocktail party where writers, agents, publishers and readers mingle, connect, share advice and resources, do business. Are you ready to join the party?

Get the answers you need at this 5-week workshop:

  • Two skilled facilitators 
  • Lots of hands-on help in class 
  • Online support between classes

Who should attend?

  • Intermediate users hoping to develop a writer-specific audience and applications
  • Social media novices needing lots of support
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What’s getting covered?

  • Facebook, Twitter, blogging, YouTube, Pinterest and more 
  • Why writers use these platforms and HOW
  • Ways to develop your craft, connect with the writing community and to promote your writing

For example:

  • Open and customize a Twitter account
  • Learn how, when and what to tweet
  • Find out where to find writers, agents and publishers
  • Attract Twitter and blog followers

What else?

  • Discover social media settings, tools, resources and apps that measure your progress and help you work faster, safer and more efficiently

Learn how to meet, who to greet and how to make a killer impression in the writers’ world of social media. By the time you’re done, you’ll have the foundation for your social media platform. You’ll also have the resources and tools to continue building your social media presence in the arts community.

Here Be Dragons: Plot and character in fantasy fiction

Here Be Dragons: Plot and character in fantasy fiction

with Heather M. O’Connor and Anne MacLachlan

Choose your own adventure–and who to take along for the ride–in this four-week workshop on plot and character in fantasy. Through hands-on activities and discussion, you’ll learn how to:

  • craft nuanced, believable heroes and villains
  • follow the Hero’s Journey to chart their path and yours
  • explore fantasy’s many subgenres and archetypes
  • discover online resources to continue your quest

Excellent companion to The Many Worlds of Fantasy.

Tasting the Page:  Beyond the Five Senses

Tasting the Page: Beyond the Five Senses

With Gwynn Scheltema

In this one-day workshop:

  • challenge your reader’s perceptions and assumptions
  • deepen your powers of description
  • learn new descriptive techniques to give greater weight to your narrative voice.
  • master how to add description without slowing the narrative.

Don’t let your fiction be left on the plate. Prepare it gourmet style and your readers will beg for more.

Have fun experimenting with creative writing exercises that make your writing live. We’ll munch our way through a smorgasbord of fiction foods from image and emphasis, to movement, theme, and syntax.

Come prepared to go new places and try new things.

As past participants have said, “You provoked me into thinking of new ways of approaching my writing,” and “Your exercises were great—inspiring, short, but effective. You let us try lots of different things.”

17 Ways to Edit for Energy

17 Ways to Edit for Energy

with Gwynn Scheltema

You’ve finished your first draft. What’s next?

Your story submission was rejected. Why?

Your writing seems flat. How can you energize it?

Could you use a simple but dynamic self-editing process that injects the energy you need into your writing?

Checking style, presentation, spelling and grammar is not enough. Your writing must have energy. Put power in your prose, turn flat into fabulous, and put your writing on the path to publication.

  • Learn energizing editing techniques
  • Identify and avoid the most common reasons that good stories fail.
  • Practise your new skills immediately on YOUR draft
  • Add a handy ready-to-apply checklist to your editing toolbox
  • Use editing examples supplied, or bring your own.


Writing for Children

Writing for Children

with Erin Thomas and Gwynn Scheltema

Do you love children’s books? Do you still remember the characters that you cared about as a child? Have you ever wanted to write a picture book or novel that kids will read over and over again?

Writing for Children introduces you to the basics of writing for young readers. Come find out what publishers look for, and what makes writing for children different from writing for adults.

You’ll learn how to write for different age groups and different reading levels within those age groups. You’ll discover the importance of engaging dialogue and find out how to make your characters come alive. You’ll see how plot and scene structure can strengthen your story, and you’ll explore ways of finding inspiration.

This hands-on six-week workshop series is packed with activities, opportunities to practise your new skills, and written and oral feedback on your work from two powerhouse facilitators.

Write to Win: Techniques & Tips for First Place

Write to Win: Techniques & Tips for First Place

Learn how to make your entry stand out from the crowd. Whether you’re entering writing contests or submitting to agents and publishers, it’s all a contest. And many entries never make it past the first reader.

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017;  10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Minden Branch of the Haliburton County Public Library, 174 Bobcaygeon Road, Minden, Ontario

Write to Win is all contest, all day, with exercises, surprises and prizes. This hands-on workshop will help you

  • choose the best contests before you even start writing
  • learn what eliminates many entries
  • understand the process of judging
  • try on various writing forms and approaches
  • take home a wealth of tips and materials

Dorothea Helms and Ruth E. Walker are prize-winning writers. Between them, they have won:jump for joy

  • Barbara Novak Award For Excellence In Humour and/or Personal Essay Writing
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville Grimm Fairy Tale Short Fiction Contest
  • Canadian Living short story contest
  • Ontario Arts Council grants
  • Geist Literal Postcard Story Contest
  • Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Contest
  • The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region short story contest
  • Suburban Newspapers of America Advertising and Promotions Contest

Dorothea and Ruth have also created and administered contests, and are sought-after judges for international, national and regional writing contests.They have seen some wonderful entries get eliminated early on. And they have had to decide first, second and third place with dozens of brilliant entries to choose from. How did they do it?

Register online:

$80.00 +HST
$75.00 +HST Writing organization members discount & discount for library patrons & staff

Writescape’s mission is to inspire, support and engage writers at all levels. From delivering innovative, hands-on workshops to creating all-inclusive retreats, the Writescape Team pays attention to the smallest detail so writers can focus on their work. Escape to write…with Writescape.