Workshops for Artists and Arts Organizations: More information

Nov 7: “Write Like the Dickens” with author Robert M. Levinson

We all have a story locked deep inside of us. Now break the lock and become the author of your hopes and dreams with Robert M. Levinson, author of The Leper Messiah – winner of the Spiritual / Religious category at the London Book Festival.

In partnership with the Quinte Arts Council and supported by the John M. Parrott Gallery, join author Rob Levinson for an interactive lecture and discussion on:

1. Beginnings: First sentences, first chapters and building a framework for the entire story ;

2. How to build a backbone for your story ;

3. His story and how he came to writing .

Rob will also share a reading from his book, The Leper Messiah, followed by a Q&A.

The workshop runs from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with a short break, and will take place at the Belleville Public Library, 3rd floor meeting room.

About the presenter: Rob Levinson is a literary coach and has taught at the university and college level.

He can:

• shorten your writing time by half

• give you tools that the masters use to frame characters, plot, and themes

• teach how to implement structure within the story

• coach through the difficulties of wanting to edit while you write

Learn more at rmlwriter.com/

Cost: $15 for QAC members/$20 for non-members. Tickets available online at Eventbrite.


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!

Each workshop is from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with a short break, and will take place at the Belleville Public Library, 3rd floor meeting room.

Oct 8: Novel Writing for Beginners: Part 1

In this jam-packed workshop, you’ll cover: Getting Started, What’s Your Big Idea?; Conflict; Characters; Setting; Outlining; Story Structure; How to Write a Scene; Viewpoint; and Dialogue.

Oct 15: Novel Writing for Beginners: Part 2

In this workshop, you’ll cover: Characters; Internal Narratives; Dialogue; Arcs; Scene Structure; Subplots; Point of View; Suspense; Mystery; and Mind Movies!

Oct 22: Novel Writing for Beginners Part 3:

In this workshop, you’ll cover the Three Ps of novel writing: Polishing, Publishing and Promoting!

There will be opportunities for discussion, questions, writing exercises, takeaways and more! Come prepared to write and be inspired.

Each workshop is $15 for QAC members or $20 for non-members. Save when you sign up for the entire series: $35 for QAC members and $45 for non-members. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite.

Joy Lynn Goddard is one of Canada’s top novelists in the young adult genre. Beginning with the award-winning Daredevils, she hooks readers with characters who are real—the “jock,” the “brain,” the “mean girl”— and with contemporary themes that are important to teens—Internet safety, bullying, peer pressure, dating, mental health. She has also written a middle-grade novel, a picture book and a collection of humourous short stories, with her husband, Dan. A former journalist, she has had numerous articles and short stories published. She divides her time between Guelph and Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she teaches, writes and spends time with her family. Most recently she published Moonshadow (June 2019), a story of love, family and reconciliation. More at joygoddard.com/


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.


Register now for the first in a series of professional development workshops for artists!

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