Quebec Writers’ Federation Workshops Fall Session 2008

Develop your writing with the mentorship of an acclaimed professional writer and feedback from your peers.

(Workshops take place at the QWF office, Suite 3, Atwater Library unless otherwise indicated.)

Full Workshop Descriptions and Bios of Workshop Leaders are at


Feature And Television Scriptwriting
MONDAYS, 6 to 8 p.m. – October 6 to December 1 (no meeting Oct. 13)

Led by Gerald Wexler, best screenplay Genie winner for Margaret’s Museum; writer for multiple episodes of TV series, The Hunger, produced by Tony and Ridley Scott.

Lovely As Trees: Writing On Nature And The Environment
MONDAYS, 8 to 10 p.m, – October 6 to December 1 (no meeting Oct. 13)

Led by Martin Silverstone, co-founder of Canadian Wildlife and Wild magazines, writer for EXPLORE and Harrowsmith CountryLife; editor of The Atlantic Salmon Journal.

Creative Non-Fiction: The Art Of Fact
TUESDAYS, 6 to 8 p.m. – October 7 to November 25

Led by Elaine Kalman Naves, two-time winner of the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction, winner of two Canadian Jewish Book Awards and of a Canadian Literary Award for Personal Essay.

Chapter One (Or Even Tolstoy Had To Start Somewhere)
TUESDAYS, 8 to 10 p.m. – October 7 to November 25

Led by Joel Yanofsky, winner, Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction, and Canadian Jewish Book Award. Columnist for the Gazette; reviews and articles in Canadian Geographic, Walrus, Village Voice, Chatelaine, Globe and Mail.

Tales For Teens: Writing Ya Fiction
WEDNESDAYS, 6 to 8 p.m. – October 1 to December 3 (no meeting Oct. 8 or Nov. 19)

Led by Monique Polak, author of eight YA novels, four selected for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s “Our Choice” list; and Lori Weber, author of five YA novels, three on the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s “Our Choice” list, and on one the American Library Association’s best books list.

Fiction: Putting Life Into Language
WEDNESDAYS, 8 to 10 p.m. – October 1 to December 3 (no meeting Oct. 8 or Nov. 19)

Led by H. Nigel Thomas, author of seven books including three novels and a collection of short stories. Short-listed for the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Poetry (But Were Afraid To Ask)
THURSDAYS, 6 to 8 p.m. – October 2 to November 27 (no meeting Oct. 9)

Led by Carolyn Marie Souaid, author of five books of poetry, winner of the David McKeen Award and finalist for the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Poetry editor for Signature Editions.

The Short Story Sprint: From The Start Position To The Finish Line
THURSDAYS, 8 to 10 p.m. – October 2 to November 27 (no meeting October 9)

Led by Marci Denesiuk, author of The Far Away Home, co-winner of the 2005 McAuslan First Book Prize.


Song-Writing Tonic
SATURDAY, October 4, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Led by Connie Kaldor, Juno-winning singer/songwriter with nine albums; called “one of Canada’s most significant contemporary folk performers” (Billboard Magazine).

Research & Rights Clearance: Books, Film, Video & Music Lyrics
SATURDAY, October 25, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Atwater Library Auditorium

Led by Elizabeth Klinck, “Queen of Canadian film researchers.” Has researched for hundreds of international documentaries that have won Emmy, Gemini, Peabody and Academy Awards; has taught at Ryerson; led research and rights clearance workshops in Canada and abroad. Recently nominated for an Emmy and received the FOCAL UK Lifetime Achievement Award.

Writing For Children’s Magazines: Getting Started
SATURDAY, November 1, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Led by Anne Renaud, author of four children’s books; short-listed for the Silver Birch Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award and the Red Cedar Book Award. Has published over 100 articles, poems, crafts projects and stories in children’s magazines.

Writing For The Ear: The Unique Power Of Radio
SATURDAY, November 22, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Room 2.409, Journalism & Communications Bldg., Loyola Campus, Concordia University)

Led by Peter Downie, award-winning CBC national and regional radio and television host for over 30 years (Midday, Man Alive, As It Happens, Morningside and Cross Country Check-Up); produced and hosted weekly radio documentary series Tapestry; Winner, 2007 Michael Monty Memorial Award for Excellence in Broadcast Teaching, awarded by the Canadian Radio Television News Directors Foundation.


Eight-week workshops: $170 per course ($150 for QWF members) ● All-day Saturday workshops $75 (plus a $5 materials fee for Radio workshop) ● Two-hour Saturday workshop $20 ● Call to register and for cancellation policy ● Payment by cheque to Quebec Writers’ Federation unless otherwise indicated, 1200 Atwater, Suite 3, Montreal H3Z 1X4, by PayPal (additional fee – please check with office) or by cash at the QWF office (by appointment).

TO REGISTER, CALL (514) 933-0878 or email

QWF gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.

To register, contact the QWF office at 514-933-0878 or

The full fall workshop lineup, including eight 8-week evening workshops and three other Saturday workshops, can be viewed at


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