Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring


What Inkslingers is offering for Autumn 2023

Click here to read our full Fall Newsletter, published late August 2023.

And below is a simple listing with links for all the workshops and services we’re offering this season. We look forward to writing with you and reading your work in development!

For those who are writing full length books:

A Novel Approach, our ten-month first draft courses, are back. Now in our 15th year.



ANA to Memoir



Pyjama Writing

For those who want a regular writing practice


Writers’ Sanctuaries

For those who want inspiration and accountability to produce new work:


For Poets or those who are poem-curious:



The Headway Project

For those having trouble getting to the work they want to do on a writing project:


James and Sue are both certified and experienced in leading workshops in the AWA Method, a way of holding workshop space that promotes creativity and craft while keeping writers safe from too-early editorial interference.

Coming up later in Fall/Winter (2023-24):

The Creativity Cure with Sue – writing and other forms of creativity as a tool for wellness

For poets, James will be offering a workshop on How to Create and Publish Your Own Poetry Chapbook early in 2024.

For Novelists and Memoirists, he will be presenting his annual 8 week intensive workshop: Navigate the Publishing Marketplace with Confidence.

Finally, both Sue & James work one on one with writers. They can provide a substantive edit for an existing manuscript or provide ongoing mentorship/coaching/editing for a book project or writing development.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.

Or if you’d like to be added to our mailing list to be notified when new offerings are available, you can subscribe to our occasional newsletters here.

The Headway Project for Jessica, Carol, Sue & Audra – PRIVATE WORKSHOP

Registration is at the bottom of the page.

I’m so delighted that Jessica has organized this. I already know Jessica’s and Carol’s brilliant writing. I look forward to being introduced to the writing of Sue & Audra as well.

Here’s a little background: In March and April of 2023, I realized that I needed a different kind of process to make headway with the novel I seem to have been working on forever. I needed:

  • the accountability of writing with a group of others.
  • longer periods of writing on the spot – prompted or not.
  • knowing that I was going to have to read my writing to my cohort
  • knowing that I would be encouraged by strengths-based feedback on this raw first draft.

The shape of one of these workshops is it’s a 2-hour workshop limited to just 4 participants and me. In the first hour we will write in longer stretches than you would in a sanctuary, for instance — 20 or 30 minutes, to two or three very open-ended prompts back-to-back. And as always, of course, you will be welcome to ignore the prompts altogether, and write self-directed work on the project that you’re there to write. The second hour we will read one of those just written pieces and offer the usual AWA strength’s based feedback on what’s already working.

With all of this in mind, I created The Headway Project – AWA method based writing workshops specifically designed to get a significant amount of work done on a particular project that each of us wanted to move forward.

The first 8 sessions (my test pilot run) worked brilliantly for me and, if you read the testimonials from the early adopters, worked well for the other writers as well. I trust it will work just as well for this group!

Registration fee is $35. plus HST. (39.55 Cdn in total).

Testimonials for THE HEADWAY PROJECT
There was sufficient permission to ignore the prompt and keep writing. I found the questions useful even when I didn’t include them in the piece I was engaged with.

Participant, March 9, ‘23

The prompts were very helpful: open-ended in a way that revealed many different possibilities. The second prompt was offered in the form of a question and, being a question, encouraged me to reflect and focus in order to respond. Worked very well.

Participant, March 24, ‘23

I feel like I’d love to do more of this and yet it feels like the right amount of time to help me keep going on this project. It’s very encouraging.

Participant, April 20, ‘23

Can’t wait to do it again. It felt really good to read a bit of my story and get feedback. It was feeling like a long isolated process lately.

Participant, March 16, ‘23

The prompts were very helpful: open-ended in a way that revealed many different possibilities.

Participant, March 24, ‘23

Love the longer writing time and feedback time. It’s an ideal balance!

Participant, March 30, ‘23

May 10

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      Paint like the Group of Seven w/Harvey Walker Sept. 28th

      If you are visiting this page it is because you have been emailed about Harvey Walker’s return to Uplands on Saturday, September 28th to lead his second Paint like the Group of Seven workshop.

      The September workshop will be identical to the May workshop, as described on the May 24th workshop description page.

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