Workshops for Artists and Arts Organizations

2021 Workshops , Networking and Professional Development Opportunities

November 9, 16, 23, 30: Long Story Short – A Four-Part Writing Workshop Series

A four-part (in person!) workshop series for emerging fiction and creative nonfiction writers. (Beginners welcome too!)

In the spirit of writers helping writers, Joy Lynn Goddard, a novelist, and Linda Bond, a creative nonfiction short story writer, will address the elements needed for participants to prepare their fiction or nonfiction stories for editing and publishing stages.

In collaboration with the Quinte Arts Council, this four-part series covers:

Getting Started: How to Create/Define Characters, Build Conflict, Portray Settings, Write Dialogue

The Essentials of Writing a Scene/Short Story: How to Structure a Scene/Short Story, Write Creative Nonfiction, Determine Point of View, Play Mind Movies

Tips and Tricks for Honing Your Craft: How to Create Mystery, Suspense & a Hook, Build Sentences & Paragraphs, Write in Historical Present, Edit Effectively

Wrapping It Up with Voice and Style: Let’s Celebrate Your Work and Explore Where to Go with Editing and Publishing Possibilities

Dates: Tuesday November 9, 16, 23 and 30

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: TBA, Belleville, Ont. (PLEASE NOTE: We will require proof of vaccination or medical exemption before entry into the first workshop and masks will be required.)

Cost: $50 QAC members/$65 Non-QAC members.

Complete information and registration available here. Spots are limited!

September 23 & 24, 2021: Portfolio Review with Ash Murrell

Please note: These sessions have been postponed due to low registration. Please email for updates.

Attention photographers in the Belleville + Quinte area! Are you trying to take your photography to the next level? Land a gallery show or sell stock images? Do you want to see how your work would translate to the commercial world? And want valuable, constructive feedback from an established photographer?

The QAC is proud to host two professional portfolio review sessions with local commercial photographer Ash Murrell at the Belleville Club. Book a session on September 23 from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM or on September 24 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM with your physical or digital portfolio for a 20-minute in-depth review session with Ash. 

Additional information available here. Buy your tickets on Eventbrite here.

March 17, 2021: Respectful Workplaces in the Arts

Canadian Heritage and the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC), in partnership with the Quinte Arts Council, are offering a Respectful Workplaces in the Arts workshop to encourage better workplace practices and behaviours.

This workshop is intended for non-profit organizations and cultural workers in any of the cultural disciplines or industries: managers, administrators, technical personnel, Board members, volunteers and, obviously, artists.

Facilitated by official CHRC trainer Farah Fancy, the topic will be addressed through information, small group discussion, case study analysis, and engaged activities to reinforce learnings.

The aim of the session is to explore how to best deal with situations that could result in harassment with the ultimate goal of eliminating harassment and increasing respect in our workplaces. For more information about this work, visit

Statement from the Canada Council for the Arts: “The Canada Council for the Arts believes there is no place for harassment, sexual misconduct or abuse of power in any workplace. All successful grant recipients must sign a Grant Acknowledgment Form that sets out general terms and conditions of the grant. This form includes a declaration section that confirms that the grant recipient will abide by all applicable municipal, provincial or territorial legislation, including but not limited to that relating to employment standards, occupational health and safety, and human rights. The declaration also includes a commitment to provide safe working conditions and to foster a workplace free from discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. Failure to meet the terms and conditions of the grant may lead to a review and reversal of a grant decision. Organizations that receive core funding may be placed on Concerned Status where there are concerns about their organizational health. These concerns may include a failure to provide a working environment free from discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct.”

Registration and additional information available on Eventbrite. Registration is now closed.

February 16, 2021: Grant Writing Tips + Q&A for City of Belleville Arts and Culture Fund

This grant program provides financial assistance to organizations that provide arts and culture services to the community.

To assist artists, community groups and arts organizations in writing clear and concise grant applications, the Quinte Arts Council is hosting an informal Arts & Culture Grant Writing Tips + Q&A over Zoom on Tuesday February 16 at 10:00 am.

Registration for the Q&A is free, but we ask all participants to review the grant application (available here ) and send us questions in advance by Friday February 12 at 5:00pm to with the subject heading “Questions for Arts & Culture grant.”

Registration and additional information available on Eventbrite. Register here. This event is now passed.

January 29, 2021: Learn how to create your own online shop on ShopHERE with Jamie Hosking of the Belleville E-commerce Assistance Program.

ShopHERE creates online stores for artists and independent small businesses at no cost.

This free training session (open to current QAC members only) will take place over Zoom. You will be sent a link to the event on Friday January 29.

Click here to read success stories by graduates of the program and how ShopHERE has helped artists succeed online!


  • creates and configures your online store
  • trains you on how to manage it
  • provides support to get your online store live
  • helps with marketing the store


  • under 10 full time employees (25 if a restaurant)
  • must a registered business in Ontario * (not required to sign up for training session)
  • can be a business or artist
  • home-based or commercial business


  • free 1:1 support with building and launching an online store
  • ad credits including $100 for Facebook and Google
  • free .CA domain registration
  • and many more benefits


ShopHERE is funded by the federal government, province of Ontario and key corporate sponsors to help Ontario businesses and artists get selling online.

Facilitated by: Jamie Hosking, eCommerce Advisor, Belleville eCommerce Assistance Program

As a Belleville-area business manager, web designer, digital skills consultant and educator, Jamie Hosking has helped clients learn and effectively use computers, software and the web to achieve their goals, improve their business, get that job they were aiming for, and improve their quality of life.

Over the past two decades, Jamie has created written content, produced events, crafted social media strategies, and helped build brands for everything from small businesses to global corporations.

To help clients as part of the Belleville eCommerce Assistance Program, Jamie offers web design and development, e-commerce planning and execution, branding and marketing information and consultation.

Register online here,. This event is now passed.

2020 Workshops

November & December: Arts educator training for teaching online

Are you wondering how on earth to facilitate what you do online with students? Looking for hand-on, practical ideas so you can create meaningful projects? These sessions are designed specifically for you.

The Quinte Arts Council is partnering with PEC Arts Council offering a professional development opportunity to artists who currently teach classes/workshops, or who are considering teaching in the future. These sessions are designed to teach artists how to facilitate activities online (it is easier than you think!) with students/participants, and will include practical ideas of how to create meaningful projects and online experiences.

There will be two sessions- one for the visual arts, the other for the performing artists. Both sessions will include three 75-minute workshops facilitated by expert artist-educators from Kick Start Arts (

Session 1: Visual ArtsDates/Times: November 24, 25, 27 – 1:00-2:15pm – Online

About the Facilitators: Visual Artist, Leslie Ashton, and Artistic Director, Sheena D. Robertson of Kick Start Arts have spent years working as highly successful artist-educators. They have extensive experience training artist, and are much in demand for their fun, engaging and interactive workshops. Both Sheena and Leslie have been able to pivot to online facilitation with a lot of success, and are very happy to be sharing what they’re learned with other artists.

Session 2: Performing ArtsDates/Times: December 7th, 8th, 10th – 1:00-2:15pm – Online

About the Facilitators: Writer/Actor, Paula Wing, and Artistic Director, Sheena D. Robertson of Kick Start Arts (, have spent years working as highly successful artist-educators. They have extensive experience training artist, and are much in demand for their fun, engaging and interactive workshops. Both Sheena and Paula have been able to pivot to online facilitation with a lot of success, and are very happy to be sharing what they’re learned with other artists.

The cost per artist is $15 plus HST per session (the real cost of $75/artist is being subsidized by both arts councils). The Zoom link will follow.

Workshop Details:

Come and explore with other visual artists, and expert artist-educators from Kick Start Arts!

These hands-on, interactive sessions will support you in:

  • Pivoting to online arts education facilitation – explore how Zoom can be used creatively, what planning and facilitation skills you need for this context, and work through the complexities and legalities of this work.
  • Explore how to create an engaging and interactive online experience for students, utilizing a hand-on exploration, and opportunities to try out strategies.
  • There will be ample time to ask questions, and problem solve for what you do.

Registration is now closed.

August 11 – September 1: Cultural Recovery Roundtables hosted by QAC

The Quinte Arts Council is preparing to host a number of recovery roundtables for the arts. This is open to all artists, artist groups and art organizations. We look forward to creating this safe space to reconnect with the arts community, to hear about your challenges and successes, to encourage and offer support, to network and hear about how we can best support you at this time and going forward.

There will be separate round tables for the following disciplines:

August 11 – 1:00 pm -3:00 pm – Performing

August 18 – 1:00 pm -3:00 pm – Music

August 25 – 1:00 pm -3:00 pm – Literary

September 1 – 1:00 pm -3:00 pm – Visual

Please register on Eventbrite for the roundtable that best reflects your discipline. You will be contacted by email as a follow up and a zoom link will be sent to you.

To learn more, read our July 24 Cultivating Creativity column in the Belleville Intelligencer: Supporting artists through COVID recovery.

September 15: Art Health and Wellness Meetup

We know that COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on cultural and creative industries in Canada.

A loss of work, opportunity or income (or uncertainty around future loss) has created or exacerbated a lot of anxiety. Couple this with restrictions around gatherings and requirements for social distancing, and people may be grappling with new or heightened feelings of isolation and loneliness.

A creative community is a vibrant and resilient community, and so to help ease the burden of social isolation the Quinte Arts Council is facilitating a virtual Art Health and Wellness Meetup to create a safe space for attendees to share their experiences with COVID-19: their fears, anxieties and ways of coping.

Tracey Logan, a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in private practice with more than 20 years’ experience, will be facilitating the sharing circle. Her focus is on helping people harness their strengths to overcome obstacles and actualize their potential using a trauma-informed lens.

Please note: this is not a counselling session, but a sharing session. If you have immediate concerns about your mental health, please contact the Crisis Intervention Centre at (613) 969-7400, ext. 2753.

After registering we will send a short survey to help us understand the health and wellness landscape of our creative community. We will also provide a Zoom link.

Register here. It’s free!

2019 Workshops

November 28: Bay of Quinte presents Digital Marketing Made Easy – A Social Media Workshop for Artists.

Are you an artist? Do you wonder how you can use social media as a marketing tool? In this workshop, Courtney and Jen with the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board will help you understand social media as a marketing tool, explain the differences between the social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and teach you a simple way to create and manage a social media strategy.  It’s Digital Marketing Made Easy

In partnership with the Quinte Arts Council and supported by the John M. Parrott Gallery.

$10 for QAC members/$15 for non-members

Tickets on sale now!


Oct 8, 15 & 22, 2019: Novel Writing for Beginners Workshop Series with Joy Goddard

Learn how to turn your idea into a publishable novel with Joy Goddard, one of Canada’s top novelists in the young adult genre.

In partnership with the Quinte Arts Council and supported by the John M. Parrott Gallery, Joy is offering  a three-part series – take one workshop or take all three!

For more details, including how to register, click here.


Mayor Mitch Panciuk, members of Council, along with Grant Committee Chair Councillor Carr and members of the Grant Committee are pleased to announce the public release of $50,000 for the 2019 Belleville Community Arts & Culture Fund to be guided and administered by the City of Belleville Grant Committee. The Belleville Community Arts & Culture Fund will allow our arts and culture community to request a maximum grant of $5,000 instead of the previous $2,500.  The Fund will be broken into two categories:  New Initiatives/Programs and Existing Programs/Services.  Separate applications can be submitted in both categories.

To assist community groups, organizations, artists, etc., in writing clear and concise grant applications, the Quinte Arts Council and the City of Belleville are pleased to announce the creation of two Arts & Culture Grant Writing Workshops.

The Arts & Culture Grant Writing Workshops are scheduled as follows:

Monday, May 13, 2019
1:00-3:00 p.m. OR 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Belleville Public Library, 3rd Floor Meeting Room

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is recommended. Click here to reserve your place.

January 31, 2019: Brand Yourself: How to Make your Mark for Less than the Cost of Guitar Strings (or Brushes)

The workshop will be led by marketing consultant Randy Stewart who has 30 years of experience in the field.

Gallery 1 at John M. Parrott Art Gallery from 5:30 – 7:30

To learn more or to register, please visit Eventbrite.