Quebec Writers' Federation Workshops

Fall Session 2017
Workshop leader: Jeffrey Moore

Eight Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
October 5 – November 23

QWF Office – 1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3, Westmount, QC

Workshop fee: $160 for QWF members; $190 for non-members
Cost of QWF membership (annual) and workshop: $195
Payment is due within one week of registration to confirm your spot.

For more information, or to register:
(514) 933-0878 or

This workshop will examine the mechanics of strong and elegant short-story writing.

In short fiction every word counts—and every extraneous word, every bit of dead wood detracts from the whole. In this respect it is more like a poem than a novel, and the same literary devices come into play. In this workshop we will look at some of the main ones, including figures of speech, parallelism, balance, concision, emphasis and rhythm.

In addition to the holy trinity of style (lucidity, simplicity, euphony), the workshop will consider the dangers of overtly lyrical or “purple” passages and how they can undermine narrative elements.

This course is intended for all short story writers who are on the point of submitting material to contests, agents, journals, or publishers. To create a strong first impression—and escape the slush pile—it is crucial that writers demonstrate a mastery of the tools of their trade.

Each participant will present a short story for group discussion and dissection.

Jeffrey Moore
Credit: International Festival of Authors

Jeffrey Moore’s first novel, Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain, won the 2000 Commonwealth Prize and was a finalist for QWF’s First Book Award. His second novel, The Memory Artists, won the 2005 Canadian Authors Association Award for Best Novel and was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, QWF’s Hugh MacLennan Prize and the Sunburst Award. His third novel, The Extinction Club (2010), was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the Arthur Ellis Award and the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize. All three novels have been optioned for film and translated into some twenty languages. He is currently working on a (tennis-related) short-story collection, Paris Green., Wikipedia


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

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