Workshops are offered at various times throughout the year.

Over the years, workshops have included topics on both the craft and business of writing, such as creative non-fiction, advanced poetry, character development, writing dialogue, grammar basics, book reviewing, play writing, script writing, digital marketing, taxes and the writer, writing for radio, editing, creative writing for youth, and more.

WANL members receive a discount on workshops.

WANL strives to offer writing workshops in communities across Newfoundland and Labrador where funding permits. Workshops have been offered in Corner Brook, Deer Lake, Gander, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and St. John’s.


Current Workshops:

Trim & Tone for Prose Writers with Claire Wilkshire
Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 2-5 PM
WANL Resource Room, Suite 202, 223 Duckworth St., St. John’s

In this three-hour workshop, Claire will discuss common problems in fiction and nonfiction, provide examples and exercises, and offer strategies to make your prose pack a punch. You will learn what weaknesses to look out for in your own writing and how to create tighter, stronger text.
Registration open to WANL members immediately.
Member price: $30
Registration open to non-members, if space is available, as of February 15, 2018. Non-members who would like to be placed on a waiting list may email
Non-member price: $35
To register, email
Please note: Our office is, unfortunately, not accessible (up two flights of stairs with no elevator). If you are interested in availing of services and would like to speak with our staff in person, please call or email and we will do our best to arrange a meeting elsewhere.
Facilitator Bio: 
Claire Wilkshire is an experienced and highly qualified St. John’s editor also offering translation and interpreting. Works edited include reports of inquiries and review committees, academic articles, dissertations, novels, and other documents (cookbooks, e-learning, promotional materials, CD liner notes…) in a variety of disciplines (such as business, community health, education, engineering, English, epidemiology, math, human kinetics and recreation). She has a PhD (English) from UBC, an MA from McMaster, 15 years teaching French and English courses at Memorial University.
Claire has edited significant, multi-volume works such as the reports of the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry and the Cameron Inquiry into hormone receptor testing. And she’s tidied up short stories a couple of pages long. “I love grammar and conciseness; I love taking sentences and untwisting them, making them shorter, clearer, and more engaging.”


Past Workshops:

December 2017
– Present: A Workshop with Paul Rowe

November 2017
– How to Work with an Editor: Panel with Editors NL
– Promote: A Workshop with Beth Follett

October 2017
– Publish: A Workshop with Scott Bartlett

August 2015
– WANL-Winterset Emerging Writers’ Workshop with award-winning authors Richard Gwyn and Cassie Stocks

October 2014
– Ecofiction with Anne Erickssen

– Travel Writing with Gary Geddes
– Battle of the Genres See 2014 AGM Itinerary for listing of workshops and their details.

September 2014
– Writing with Donna Morrissey