Friday, February 5, 2016

Starting this spring: Creative Writing Courses from beginners to advanced

Exploring Creative Writing
10 weeks discovering your creative side
Tuesday afternoons, April 19 – June 21, 2016
12:45 - 2:45
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario. (Map here.)
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. We’ll explore writing fictional stories and writing true stories, writing technique and creativity technique, getting down your very best writing and just for fun writing. 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.
Read two reviews of Brian's introductory creative writing course here, and see other reviews here.
Fee: 167.26 + hst = 189
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Writing Personal Stories
8 weeks of sharing and writing
Wednesday mornings, April 27 – June 15
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Unity Church, Unit 8, 3075 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, Ontario (Map here.)
If you've ever considered writing your personal stories, this course is for you. We’ll look at memoirs, travel writing, personal essays, family history ~ personal stories of all kinds. Plus, of course, we’ll work on creativity and writing technique and have fun doing it.
Whether you want to write a book or just get your thoughts down on paper, this weekly course will get you going. 
We'll reveal the tricks and conventions of telling true stories, and we’ll show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Weekly writing exercises and friendly feedback from the instructor will help you move forward on this writing adventure. Whether you want to write for your family and friends or for a wider public, don't miss this course.
Read reviews of the Writing Personal Stories course here, and see other reviews here.
Fee: 140.71 plus 13% hst = 159
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

The Next Step in Creative Writing
10 weeks of creative growth
Offered in two locales:
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
April 13 – June 15
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario. (Map here.)
And
April 21 – June 23
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Drive, Oakville, Ontario (Map here.)
The Next Step in Creative Writing will challenge you to take a step up in your writing. Over the ten weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in five 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 writing and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that your greatest growth as a writer comes from critiquing other people’s work and form seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding.
Check out two reviews of the Next Step course hereAnd see more reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
Fee: 176.11 + 13% hst = 199.  
To reserve your spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Note: I start working out the schedule for when participants are due to bring in a piece of their writing three weeks before our start date, so please try to sign up well by March 13. In any case, these courses fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment.

Intermediate Creative Writing
11 weeks of creative growth
Thursday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
April 14 – June 23
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown, Ontario (in the village of Glen Williams (Map here.)
This 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 ten weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in five 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 writing 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. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding.
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
Fee: $184.96 plus hst = 209.  
To reserve your spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Note: I start working out the schedule for when participants are due to bring in a piece of their writing three weeks before our start date, so please try to sign up well by March 24. In any case, these courses fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment.

Intensive Creative Writing
8 weeks towards mastering your craft
Wednesday afternoons, 12:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Jan 20 – March 9
First class emailing goes out Jan 13
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: 158.71 + 13% hst = 179
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.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Free contest, $30,000 in prizes; Southword Journal pays for poems and stories; and Alice Munro and Elora Writers short story contests

Second annual Kobo emerging writer prize. Free contest – three $10,000 prizes
Award includes monetary prize and marketing support for debut books in three categories: Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction - Romance, and Non-Fiction 
Three categories: Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction (this year Romance, with a different genre showcased each year), and Non-Fiction. Traditionally published and self-published books are eligible for submission. Each winning author will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize as well as promotional, marketing, and communications support. No entry fee.
Submissions will be accepted at www.kobo.com/emergingwriter until March 11 for debut books published in 2015 by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Submissions can be made by publishers or directly by authors. A winning book from each category will be chosen through a judging process led by top Canadian authors – Camilla Gibb for Non-Fiction; Gail Anderson-Dargatz for Literary Fiction; and Lynsay Sands for Genre Fiction (Romance).
Deadline: March 11, 2016. Full contest details here.

Southword Journal Online (published at least twice yearly by The Munster Literature Centre) seeks poems and prose (in English and Irish) for their summer issue. Payment for accepted pieces: €30/poem and/or €120/story.
Deadline March 15, 2016. Full submission guidelines here.


Alice Munro Short Story Contest
$1,500 prize for adults,  $500 prize for youth, and $500 prize for an emerging GTA author between the ages of 20 – 30. Sponsored by the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. Must be living in the GTA or have grown up in that area.  Entry fee: $25 for adults; $10 for youth.
The winning entry will be the Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction, written by an author not yet published in book format. 
Deadline April 1, 2016. Full contest rules here.

Dear Brian,
The 2016 Elora Writers' Festival Writing Contest. The 2016 writing competition is underway.
 Categories:
 1. Adult: Age 20+ (Entry fee $15; Prizes $200, $150, $100) (Canadian writers only, please)
2. Teen*: Age 15-19  (Prizes $200, $150, $100)
3. Youth*: Age 14 and under (Prizes $150, $100, $50)
*Open to young writers who reside in Wellington, Waterloo, Dufferin, Halton and Hamilton-Wentworth counties/regions.
Theme: Open – just tell us a great story
Deadline April 6, 2016. Full contest details here.
Thank you!
Jean Mills
Contest Chair
Elora Writers' Festival

See Brian Henry’s 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.

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Exploring Creative Writing course, April 19 – June 21, in Burlinton

Exploring Creative Writing
Spring is coming
10 weeks discovering your creative side
Tuesday afternoons, April 19 – June 21, 2016
12:45 - 2:45
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario. (Map here.)

This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. We’ll explore writing fictional stories and writing true stories, writing technique and creativity technique, getting down your very best writing and just for fun writing.

The class has the same format as "Welcome to Creative Writing," but we look at different aspects of writing. With either course, you 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 their first book published and launch their careers as authors. 
Read two reviews of Brian's introductory creative writing course here, and see other reviews here.

Fee: 167.26 + hst = 189
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See details of all six classes starting this spring here.

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.

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

Monday, February 1, 2016

Three agents at the McDermid Agency, a Canadian literary agency, seek new authors

Minister Without Portfolio by Michael 
Winter, agented by McDermid & Associates 
The McDermid Agency Inc.
320 Front Street West
Suite 1105

Toronto, ON M5V 3B6

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

Anne McDermid founded this agency in Toronto in January 1996. She had previously been a senior partner in the distinguished British agency Curtis Brown for several years.

The McDermid agency represents literary novelists and commercial novelists of high quality and writers of nonfiction in the areas of memoir, biography, history, literary travel, narrative science, investigative journalism, popular culture and lifestyle

The agency also represents a certain number of children's and young adult (YA) writers and writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.

Bone & Bread by Saleema Nawaz,
agented by McDermid & Associates
The McDermid agency's clients include distinguished literary authors such as Michael Crummey, Greg Hollingshead, Andrew Pyper, Nino Ricci, David Adams Richards, Michael Winter, and Saleema Nawaz.

Anne continues to represent many well-known Canadian novelists, but is also particularly interested in the development of Canadian narrative nonfiction, evidenced in such writers as Charles Montgomery, J.B. MacKinnon (both of whom won the Charles Taylor prize for literary nonfiction in their years of publication), and Michael Harris.

Submissions:
If you are interested in submitting your work McDermid & Associates, please e-mail your query to: info@mcdermidagency.com
Your query should include a brief description of yourself and your project, and you are welcome to include the first 5 pages of your manuscript. Please do not send any further material unless invited. And naturally, you should address your query to one agent in particular.

The agency has three agents actively looking for new authors:

Martha Magor Webb is a literary agent, director and full partner at Anne McDermid and Associates. Martha represents a growing list of writers, focusing on literary fiction, narrative nonfiction (including memoir and true crime) and ideas-driven nonfiction. 
Her clients include,

Her clients include:
Michael Crummey (multiple award-winning author of Sweetland)
Alison Pick (long-listed for the Booker Prize)
Robyn Doolittle (Bestselling author of Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story)
Pasha Malla (long-listed for the Giller, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, winner of the Danuta Gleed and the Trillium awards)
Damian Tarnopolsky (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Amazon.ca award)
Russell Smith
Jessica Grant, (winner of the Amazon.ca First Novel and the Winterset awards)
Grace O'Connell
Matt Lennox
Andrew Westoll
and Karen Le Billon, whose first book French Kids Eat Everything sold into thirteen countries and translated into ten languages.

Martha will be the guest speaker at Brian Henry's "How to Get Published" workshop, Saturday, February 27, in Brampton. Details here.

Monica Pacheco joined the agency in 2008 and represents a growing list of writers. Her clients include:
Actress/writer/director Sarah Polley (Didi and the Bean, forthcoming from HarperCollins Canada)
Yves Meynard (Chrysanthe trilogy, Tor/Macmillan 2012)
Madeline Ashby (The Machine Dynasty series, Angry Robot)
Marty Chan (The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles, Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Irina Kovalyova (Specimen, forthcoming from House of Anansi spring 2015)
Sarah Henstra (Mad Miss Mimic, forthcoming from Penguin Canada summer 2015)
Janice Poon
Eli K.P. William
and Bram Stoker Award-winning horror writer David Nickle.

Monica is actively seeking clients in the areas of literary fiction, young adult (YA), fantasy and science fiction. She tweets here.

Monica will be the guest speaker at Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshop March 5 in Burlington. Details here.

Chris Bucci is a literary agent, director and full partner at The McDermid Agency. He began his career at the University of Toronto Press and soon became an acquisitions editor in social sciences and cultural studies. Chris joined HarperCollins Canada in 2004 as a nonfiction editor. Moving the McClelland & Stewart in 2005, Chris helped revitalize their nonfiction program, establishing relationships with international authors, agents and publishers.

Chris represents bestselling authors such as Bob Rae, Timothy Caulfield, Susan Delacourt, Jowita Bydlowdka, James Grainger, and Kerri Sakamoto.

Chris represents both fiction and nonfiction, focusing particularly on nonfiction in the areas of popular science and technology and popular culture.

Literary agent Rachel Letofsky
Brian Henry will lead How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Feb 20, In Kitchener with literary agent Olga Filina of The Rights Factory (see here) and on Saturday, Feb 27, in Brampton with Martha Webb of the McDermid Agency (see here).

Also, Brian will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, March 5, in Burlington, with literary agent Monica Pacheco and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), on Saturday, Apr 2, in Barrie, with literary agent Rachel Letofsky (see here), on Saturday, April 30, in Guelph, with Yasemin U├žar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and authors Jennifer Mook-Sang and Kira Vermond (see here), and Sunday, May 29, in Ottawa with acclaimed author Alan Cumyn (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include  Writing With Style, Saturday, March 12, in Oakville (see here), and Writing Your Life, Saturday, March 16, in Caledon (see here) and Saturday, April 16 in London (see here).

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

But the best way to grow as a writer or to get your manuscript ready for publication may be with a weekly class. This spring, Brian will be offering a full range of courses from beginners to more experienced. See details of all six classes starting this spring here.
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, April 19 – June 21, in Burlington (see here)
“Writing Personal Stories,” Wednesday mornings, April 27 – June 15, in Mississauga
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, April 13  June 15, in Burlington (see here)
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, April 21  June 23, in Oakville (see here)
“Intermediate Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, April 14  June 23, in Georgetown (see here)
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, March 30  June 15, in Burlington

For information about spring courses, or 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 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.