Quebec Writers' Federation Workshops

Fall Session 2017
Workshop leader: Amy Fish

Saturday October 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
QWF Office – 1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3, Westmount, QC

Workshop fee: $80 for QWF members; $100 for non-members
Cost of QWF membership (annual) and workshop: $115
Payment is due within one week of registration to confirm your spot.
For more information, or to register:
(514) 933-0878 or

Non-fiction means writing about things that actually happened. But, if we just report everything as it unfolded, we run the risk of sounding like a play-by-play sports announcer. Calling a golf game. Underwater. To make non-fiction more exciting and more readable, we employ literary devices such as similes, metaphors, and, if you watched a lot of Scooby Doo as a kid, foreshadowing.

This workshop offers you a chance to add another weapon to your arsenal: humour. Humour makes your work more enjoyable for the reader. It can sometimes make difficult topics easier to handle. Or, you may need laughter to keep yourself motivated while you’re writing.

In this workshop, we will talk about why being funny is important and how you can incorporate humour into your writing practice. We will discuss specific techniques and where or when they might work.

Then, we will review how to do a “humour makeover” of our writing. Each participant will have the chance to practice (alone or in small groups) how to look at their work through a more humorous lens.

Requirements: All participants must bring a small sample of their work to edit during class. Also, you need to bring your own scuba diving equipment. Just kidding. You need to bring your writing stuff – pens, paper, computer. We will provide the scuba diving equipment. Just kidding again. (You can rent it on site. Duh.)

Optional: If you are interested in submitting your work for the in-class humour makeover exercise (kind of like donating your body to science but less morbid), please send in up to two pages of your original non-fiction to, with the subject line “For Amy Fish.” I will remove your name and any other identifying characteristics before presenting it to the class. Thank you in advance for your participation. .

1You do not really need scuba equipment, this is a writing class. I’m joking here to illustrate one way to use humour in your writing.

Amy Fish

Amy Fish writes about complaining (and other human interests). She is the author of The Art of Complaining Effectively as well as a former columnist for the West End Times. Amy has been published in Readers’ Digest, the Globe and Mail and She was selected for the QAHN/QWF StoryNet mentorship, which resulted in two publications, one of which won third place in the Writer’s Digest Feature Writing Competition in 2015.


Registration Information

To register, email [ workshops AT QWF DOT org ].

Payment Information

Payment is due within one week of registration to confirm your spot. Payment options are listed in the column to the right.

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cancellation policy.

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For more information:

(514) 933-0878
[ workshops AT QWF DOT org ]

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

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada