Workshops and Retreats


Gerard has been a featured workshop leader with the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick,  Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, the prestigious Piper’s Frith in Newfoundland, and Lily Daly Assembly in New York. He has delivered multiple workshops to high school students, and in 2017, Gerard was invited to deliver a lecture to Masters in Creative Writing students at Newcastle University, UK, as well as a public reading at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts. Most recently, Gerard was invited to teach a Masterclass in creative writing by the Northrup Frye Festival as well as the Louisiana Book Festival.

Gerard offers workshops here at home. Contact him if you’re interested in hosting a workshop in your area.


June 10, 2023 – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Art of Storytelling – Aspire to Greatness
Saturday, June 10, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunenburg Library, Nova Scotia
Cost: $85/person.
Space for the workshop is very limited; please register in advance by June 9 by emailing him at [email protected].

Join Dr. Gerard Collins for a creative writing workshop followed by a literary reading and chat with the author.

Need a refresher on the art of storytelling? Get a jump on your summer writing and join award-winning author and professor Dr. Gerard Collins for this condensed version of his storytelling masterclass, which he recently taught at the invitation of the Frye Festival and at other Maritime venues.

In this workshop, we’ll talk about story structure, how to show instead of tell, how to develop characters, enhance narrative tension, infuse your prose with subtext, and write dialogue that gets people talking.

Bring your questions and conundrums—we’re putting it all on the table.

After the workshop, there’ll be a short lunch break, and then Gerard will read from his latest novel The Hush Sisters, as well as his other his published works. Questions are welcome and books will be available to purchase and/or have signed by the author. The reading begins at the library at 2:00 p.m.


June 24, 2023 – Saint Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada

The Art of Storytelling: Aspire to Greatness
Saturday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre
Cost: $85/person.
Space for the workshop is very limited; please register in advance by June 23 by emailing Gerard at [email protected].

Need a refresher on storytelling? Join award-winning author and professor Dr. Gerard Collins for a condensed version of his masterclass, The Art of Storytelling: Aspire to Greatness. This half-day workshop focuses on storytelling essentials, as well as the habits of great writers and fantastic writing. No matter where you are on your creative journey, it’s never too early—or too late—to overcome your personal obstacles and aim for greatness in your writing. In fact, the sooner you take that leap, the better.

Bring your questions and conundrums—we’re putting it all on the table.

About Dr. Gerard Collins
Gerard Collins is a New Brunswick-based Newfoundland writer whose latest novel, The Hush Sisters, won the Next Generation literary award for suspense. His first novel, Finton Moon, was nominated for the Dublin Literary Award and Sunburst Award while his short fiction collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the NL Book Award.

A former university lecturer with a Ph.D. in American Gothic literature and co-founder of Go and Write! international writing retreats, Gerard often leads writing retreats and workshops in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He is currently working on Wolf of Inis Mór, part of his upcoming magic realism trilogy called Thresholds.



Writing retreats for the wandering soul

Award-winning Newfoundland author Gerard Collins, who now lives in New Brunswick, and Jane Simpson, also a New Brunswicker, offer creative writing retreats for those who find inspiration in travel. Gerard will provide you with feedback on a piece you submit in advance, and once we’re gathered as a group, we enjoy inspiring writing sessions, group discussions, and individual chats. Janie plans things behind the scenes and is there to help ensure the retreats run smoothly.

Visit for more information about upcoming retreats.