Quebec Writers' Federation Workshops

Fall Session 2017
Workshop leader: Carolyn Marie Souaid

Eight Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
October 3 to November 28, 2017 (no meeting October 24)

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

“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms,” argued American poet Muriel Rukeyser. And everyone loves a good one.

Whether it's a vignette about an ancestor or a memory from your childhood, getting it down on paper in a compelling way is a challenge. How to get started? Which stories are worth telling? Are family secrets and scandals fair game? What role does memory play?

This workshop will guide you through the process using writing prompts designed to help you “open forgotten doors of memory,” as American writer Natalie Goldberg puts it. Along the way you will learn the elements that make for a good story, how to give your writing “teeth,” how to edit and improve a first draft, and how to give and receive feedback in a supportive setting. Find out how photos, objects and family heirlooms can be valuable tools to help you tap into your memories.

Each week will focus on a different aspect of writing (e.g. voice, imagery, dialogue, beginnings and endings) and will include in-class writing time and workshopping of student texts. This session is designed for those who want to bring their diaries to life or record their family’s unique story but either haven’t had time or feel they lack the necessary skills. Participants can expect to have at least three finished pieces and several "starts" by the end of the workshop.

Carolyn Marie Souaid
Credit: Joel Silverstein

Carolyn Marie Souaid is the acclaimed author of seven poetry books and the editor of over a dozen more. She has worked as a journalist and has had over 30 years of experience teaching creative writing (journalism, fiction, non-fiction, poetry). Her work has appeared in The Malahat Review and elsewhere, and has been broadcast on CBC-Radio. Shortlisted for the Pat Lowther and A. M. Klein Awards for poetry, she won a top prize at the 2012 Zebra International Poetry Film Festival in Berlin. Her debut novel, Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanassie Maqaittik will appear with Baraka Books this fall. Visit:


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.

Please familiarize yourself with our
cancellation policy.

QWF workshop cancellation policy

Read about QWF and accessibility:

QWF and accessibility

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