Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Welcome to Creative Writing course, Tuesday afternoons, July 5 – Aug 23, in Burlington

Welcome to Creative Writing
8 weeks of exploring your creative side
Summer session
Tuesday afternoons, July 5 – Aug 23, 2016
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (map here.)

This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. This course will open the door to all kinds of creative writing. We’ll visit short story writing and children’s writing, writing in first person and in third person, and writing just for fun. 
You’ll get a shot of inspiration every week and an assignment to keep you going till the next class. Best of all, this class will provide a zero-pressure, totally safe setting, where your words will grow and flower.

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published. 

Fee: 140.71 plus 13% hst = 160
Number of attendees strictly limited.

To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Note: For a pair of reviews of “Welcome to Creative Writing,” see here. See more reviews of Brian’s weekly courses, Saturday workshops and weekend retreats, here.

This summer, Brian is also offering Intensive Creative Writing courses. See details of all courses offered this summer here.

Don't ever miss a post on Quick Brown Fox. Fill in your email in the box to the right under my bio, and get each post delivered to your Inbox. Also, if you’re not yet on my newsletter list, send me an email, including your locale, to: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
 ~ Brian

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

New literary agent Alexandra Weiss of The Jennifer De Chiara Agency seeks Young Adult fiction, children’s fiction, and relationship stories for adults

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

31 East 32nd Street
Suite 300
New York, NY 10016

Note: Don't ever miss a post on Quick Brown Fox. Fill in your email in the box to the right under my bio, and get each post delivered to your Inbox. Also, if you’re not yet on my newsletter, send me an email, including your locale, to: brianhenry@sympatico.ca ~ Brian


The Jennifer De Chiara Agency is a New York City-based full-service literary agency founded in 2001 and named one of the top 25 literary agencies in the country by Writer’s Digest. The agency represents children’s literature for all ages – picture books and middle-grade and young adult novels – but also represents high-quality adult fiction and non-fiction in a wide range of genres. JDLA is proud to represent illustrators, as well as screenwriters for both television and film, including Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writers and illustrators. 


Alexandra Weiss is the newest member of the team at the  Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency and like all new agents, she needs authors.


Alexandra is a Books Writer for Bustle.com, the PR Manager for a local Chicago circus, and an all-around literary bookworm.  She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing and Publishing in 2015.  Previously she's worked as an Acquisitions Editor for the award-winning anthology Hair Trigger, interned as a publicist for Kaye Publicity, and was a loyal volunteer for Columbia's annual Story Week: Festival of Writers event for the past four years. 

Alexandra is looking for Young Adult fiction, children’s fiction, and relationship stories for adults.

Young Adult: Alexandra wants writers who have the ability to turn their pens into paintbrushes; in other words, beautiful writing.  The genres she’s most interested in representing include realism, science fiction, and fantasy – but stories that include magic (think The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern) are her weakness, as are stories that include space and science.  She’s looking for strong YA voices, and ones that go beyond the coming-of-age story.  She loves stories that include diverse and risk-taking subjects, including culture, race, sexuality, and identity.

Children's Fiction:  Alexandra loves all types of adventurous, silly, and out-of-the-box children and middle-grade books.  Books with or without pictures intrigue her, and she’s most interested in a character-driven story and big plot to explore.

Other fiction:  Alexandra is looking for strong literary voices that take the notion that every story is a love story to new levels.  She’s interested in complex relationship stories that surround something bigger.  She’s open to most genres, but heavy mystery, horror, or thriller stories are not for her.  Books that are written in or include uses of uncommon formats (uses of letters, screenplay, photos, poetry, or collection of short stories or essays) is

Literary agent Barbara Berson
will be one of the speakers at
From the Horse's Mouth
Query Alexandra at: alexweiss.jdlit@gmail.com
 Put "Query" in the subject line and include the first twenty pages in the body of the email, along with a one-paragraph bio and one-paragraph synopsis.  Established picture book authors, please email your query and bio with the complete picture book manuscript pasted into the body of the email.

Brian Henry will be part of the Windsor International Writers’ Festival May 5 – 8, where he’ll be leading Writing Query Letters that Get a Yes and a Query Letter Clinic (see here). 

Brian will lead a Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshop on Sunday, May 29, in Ottawa with acclaimed author Alan Cumyn (see here).

Brian hosts From the Horse's Mouth ~ Strategies for Getting Published on Saturday, June 18, with Barbara Berson of Helen Heller Agency, Michael Mirolla, publisher Guernica Editions and Bhavna Chauhan, editor, Penguin Random House Canada, at Ryerson University in Toronto (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include  How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, May 14 in Toronto (see here) and Sunday, June 5 in Georgetown (see here), and Writing and Revising, May 28, in Mississauga (see here).

Finally, Brian has two Writer’s Retreats coming up at Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park: Friday, June 10 – Sunday, June 12 (see here) and Friday, Sept 16 – Sunday, Sept 18 (see here).

For more information or to register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Author Alan Cumyn will be the guest
speaker at
Writing for Children & for Young Adults
May 29 in Ottawa
But the best way to grow as a writer may be with a weekly class. This spring, Brian still has openings in one class: “Writing Personal Stories,” Wednesday mornings, May 4 – June 22, in Mississauga (see here)

This summer, Brian will offer a variety of classes:
“Welcome to Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, Tuesday afternoons, July 5 – Aug 23, in Burlington
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, July 6 – Aug 24, in Burlington
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, July 6 – Aug 24, in Burlington 
See details of all three classes here. 
To reserve a spot, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
To register or for more information for any class or workshop, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops, writing retreats, and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Love letters ~ Shauna lands an agent and Denise and Don get stories published.

Yay, Shauna!
Hi, Brian.
I'm writing to let you know that I've just signed with Morty Mint at the Mint Literary Agency in Nelson, B.C.  I was about to throw in the towel but decided to send out one more query based on a posting I read on your blog. To my shock, Morty phoned the next day to ask for the full manuscript. Within a few days, he offered representation.
I can't thank you enough for the insight and guidance you have so kindly provided over the past few years. I know I still have a long road to go but this is a great first step. Thanks so much!
Shauna
For information on the Mint Literary Agency, see here.

Hi, Brian.
I took one of your writing workshops in October in Guelph and you put a challenge out to the group to get our work published.  You even made it easy for us but suggesting multiple places to submit.  I’m really excited to let you know I had my story “The Hike” published in CommuertLit. Here’s the link if you wish to read it.   
The story was based on your writing prompt, a chance encounter.  Thank you for the encouragement.  If you hadn’t said that we should take a chance and send out our work, I wouldn’t have had the courage to put myself out there.
I’ve been watching your website for future workshops and hope to be in one soon.  If you ever offer a multi-week writing course in the Guelph/Kitchener area I would be interested.
Sincerely,
Denise Boyd
I’ve got a Writing Personal Stories course starting in Mississauga on Wednesday (see here), then in July, a Welcome to Creative Writing course  Tuesday afternoons, and Intensive courses Wednesday afternoons and evenings, all in Burlington (see here), but no weekly courses in Guelph, I’m afraid. But I do a Writing and Revising workshop July 23 in Kitchener (see here). ~Brian
Note: For information on submitting to CommuterLit, see here.

Hi, Brian.
Just a quick note from one of your former students in Peterborough. After I saw that info on Canadian Stories looking for fiction submissions, I sent the editor one of my short stories for consideration. I’m happy to report that he accepted the story for publication sometime in the summer. Thanks for letting all your Quick Brown Fox readers and fans know about these opportunities.
 All the best in your mentoring and teaching projects this spring and summer.  
Don Herald
Writers’ Group of Peterborough
Note: For information on submitting to Canadian Stories, see here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops, writing retreats, and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

“Jungle” by Saurabh Ananth


“Isn’t this where that woman was murdered?” Dev said with glee in his voice.
“What woman?” I asked.
“Look.” He pointed to the trees lining the dirt trail that we were on. One of them had a dark red stain high up on it. The stain looked like it was a part of the tree, falling into the bark’s grooves. There was a lighter stain below it, which had faded under the hot Indian sun.
“I heard about this,” Dev said. “She lived close by. Then one day, when she was all alone, some man snuck in and cut her throat. But she didn’t die. She just walked out into the jungle and put her handprints on the trees so that the police could follow it back to the house.”
“Did they catch the murderer?”
“No, they never knew about the blood.”
“How did you know about it, then?” I asked.
“Shut up! My brother told me about it, okay? He heard it from one of his friends who was here last year and they found the blood, too.”
“Yeah, your brother is always right, isn’t he? Like the time he told you to—“
“Why is it so high on the tree?” Amir interrupted, his neck straining as he looked up at the mark. We were the shortest boys in class so it might not have been as high as we thought it was, but it certainly looked like a giant had put it there.
“Who cares?” Dev said. “Let’s look for the other ones.”
Logic and reason often evades nine year-old boys when there’s something gruesome to see. We knew that this story was probably just as made up as the rest of them, but we did everything in our power to believe it was true. We loved having a new mystery to solve, a new adventure to go on, and most importantly, a story to tell the others.
We carried on, drifting even further away from the main tourist area where our class was. The entire fourth grade had come out on a field trip to the national park so that they could teach us how they were trying to preserve this natural habitat. There were five classes altogether, so we had to take turns doing different things at the park. Our class had spent the morning travelling on a bus along the safari route, looking at lions, monkeys and some rare, white Siberian tigers hiding in the shade of their little caves. When we broke for lunch, the three of us snuck off from the rest of the group to do some exploring in the jungle.
Further down the path, the trees thickened and expanded out over a hill to our right. I tried looking for a trail into the jungle that might lead to a house. Scanning the tree line, I felt a strange sensation, like we were being watched. I looked closer and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw it.
“Hold on,” I said quietly, feeling my voice tremble—more out of awe than fear.
The other two, having walked a few paces ahead of me already, turned back with annoyed looks on their faces.
“What is it?”
They followed my gaze to a tree not far from us. There, crouching on one of the branches of a giant fig tree, was a large feline. Black spots speckled its golden fur, which shone bright where the sunlight came in through the leaves. Its big, dark eyes stared into mine, not blinking once.
“Leopard,” I whispered softly.
The leopard had definitely been stalking us for a while. It froze when we made eye contact. Maybe it thought we hadn’t seen it. Then, when we moved along, it could inch itself closer, pounce and take one of us off into the dense jungle where we’d be lost forever.
“What do we do?” Amir asked.
“Just stay still and look into its eyes,” I said. “It’s working so far. Maybe it’ll give up and go away.”
“Oh God, we’re going to die.” Dev was sobbing.
The sound of a car rumbling down the trail from where we had come broke the minute-long stalemate. A Jeep, completely caked in mud, pulled up beside us. The dust it kicked up hung in the humid air. The park guide shouted, “There you boys are. You had everybody worried; we told you not to go out into the jungle alone, it’s dangerous. Who knows what could have happened to you. Come on, get in and I’ll take you back.”
We gratefully ran up and pulled ourselves in. The seats were hard and the leather hot against our skin but it was a relief to be in the safety of the Jeep.
“I thought I told you not to go down the trail with the red markers,” he said.
“We forgot.”
As we started to drive off, I looked back at the tree. The branch was bare; its leaves just blew in the breeze.

Saurabh Ananth is a former graphic designer and recent graduate in advertising and marketing. Being in an industry that’s driven by storytelling, he was naturally drawn to fiction. When not writing, he’s usually trying to learn something new. He hopes that he can develop his writing skills in 2016 and publish more short stories throughout the year.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops, writing retreats, and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

How to Make Your Stories Dramatic, Saturday, Aug 20, in Oakville

How to Make Your Stories Dramatic
Saturday, August 20, 2016
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Drive, Oakville, Ontario (Map here.)

This workshop is geared to both beginners and more experienced writers.  We’ll look at the most important part of all stories whether fictional or true: the fully dramatized scene. You'll learn some of the most successful tricks of the trade to make sure that you'll never write a lifeless scene again.

We’ll look at both dialogue and action scenes. You’ll learn how to write great dialogue and how to mix it with your narrative so that the interaction between your characters comes alive. But the most difficult scenes of all are climactic action scenes. Using fight scenes and love scenes as our examples, you’ll learn how to ramp up the tension you need for one of these high-octane performances. 

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published.

Fee: 35.40 + 13% hst = 40 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 38.05 + 13% hst =
 43 if you wait to pay at the door

To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian Henry’s full schedule here, including writing workshops, writing retreats, and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Summer writing classes: Welcome to Creative Writing and Intensive Creative Writing

Welcome to Creative Writing
8 weeks of exploring your creative side
Summer session
Tuesday afternoons, July 5 – Aug 23, 2016
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (map here.)
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. This course will open the door to all kinds of creative writing. We’ll visit short story writing and children’s writing, writing in first person and in third person, and writing just for fun. 
You’ll get a shot of inspiration every week and an assignment to keep you going till the next class. Best of all, this class will provide a zero-pressure, totally safe setting, where your words will grow and flower.
Note: For a pair of reviews of the "Welcome to Creative Writing" course, see here.
Fee: 140.71 plus 13% hst = 160
Number of attendees strictly limited.
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Intensive Creative Writing
8 weeks towards mastering your craft
Offered at two times:
Wednesday afternoons, 12:15 – 2:45 p.m.
July 6 – Aug 24, First class emailing sent out June 30
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (map here.)
And
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:15 p.m.
July 6 – Aug 24, First class emailing sent out June 30
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (map here.)
This Intensive course isn't for beginners; it's for people who have been writing for a while or who have done a course or two before and are working on their own projects. Over the eight weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in four pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on.  In addition to learning how to critique your own work and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that the greatest benefits come from seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write.
Check out a review of the Intensive course here. More reviews here.
Fee: 159.29 + 13% hst = 180
Number of attendees strictly limited.
To reserve your spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
This course will fill up; enroll early to avoid disappointment.

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada's most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published. 

Don't ever miss a post on Quick Brown Fox. Fill in your email in the box to the right under my bio, and get each post delivered to your Inbox. Also, if you’re not yet on my newsletter, send me an email, including your locale, to: brianhenry@sympatico.ca ~ Brian

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.