Watch Your Language AND From Inspiration to Publication

Watch Your Language AND From Inspiration to Publication

Gwynn Scheltema and Ruth E. Walker are at the Ontario Writers’ Conference.

Gwynn is offering an advanced class: Watch Your Language. Dialect, foreign languages, accents and other linguistic touches provide diversity and authenticity to dialogue. Gwynn will help participants avoid character stereotypes so that what is being said is not overshadowed by how it’s being said. Gwynn’s popular workshops at the OWC are consistently highly rated and fully booked.

Ruth’s beginner workshop From Inspiration to Publication invites new writers to play with words through hands-on exercises and fun activities. Participants will risk a little and try on different forms of creative writing. Useful handouts offer tips on submitting material to the right market. Ruth will also serve as a Blue Pencil Mentor, offering helpful feedback in one-on-one discussions with writers about their manuscripts.

Gwynn and Ruth have been at the OWC since it launched, facilitating workshops, mentoring writers and enjoying the many speakers and learning opportunities that a comprehensive conference like this has to offer.

To register, visit the Ontario Writers’ Conference.

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