Saturday, February 18, 2017

You're invited to an author reading night with Jim Rudnick

Jim, with Pirates,
the first book of his Rim Confederacy series
Hi, Brian.
Been working very hard at writing better, which I suppose is something we’d all like to do and do well. But why I’m writing to you is to let you know of a wonderful little used bookstore in downtown Hamilton called The River Trading Company.
Their marketing fellow contacted me in December and after some work on what we might do, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be their guest speaker for a Science Fiction Night. I’ll be reading from my books, giving my take on self-publishing, and then taking questions from the floor.
The Science Fiction Night takes place...
Saturday, February 25
7 – 9 p.m.
at The River Trading Company
595 Barton Street E, Hamilton, Ontario (Map here)
Everyone's welcome!
Keep on doing those great classes, Brian. I’ll be looking to join one after the winter is done.
Jim Rudnick

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

Friday, February 17, 2017

Congratulations to Hannah – she's landed a two-book deal!

Hi, Brian.
Thrilled to share I've been offered a traditional (print) two-book deal from the publisher MIRA, which acquired world-wide rights.
My second novel (current title Secrets That Made Us) is slated for release in summer 2018. I'm ecstatic to say the very least, and walking around with a rather large grin on my face.
HUGE Thank Yous: to you, Brian – your courses always inspire – to my agent Cassandra Rodgers (of The Rights Factory) for this brilliant deal, to Rob McKinnon for telling me not to quit, and to everyone who supported and encouraged me on this journey!
Hannah
In the meanwhile, until The Secrets That Made Us comes out, you can read an excerpt from Hannah McKinnon’s first novel, Time after Time (published by HarperCollins in Britain) here or download a copy from Amazon here.

Note: This spring, Brian will be offering a full range of classes from beginner to advanced:
Welcome to Creative Writing, Monday evenings, April 10 – June 19, Burlington Details here.
Writing Personal Stories, Thursday afternoons, April 27 – June 15, Burlington Details here.
Writing Kid Lit, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, Mississauga. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, April 12 – June 14, starts by email April 5, Burlington. Details Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, April 13 – June 15, starts by email April 6, Georgetown. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 11 – June 13, starts by email April 4, Burlington. Details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, April 5 – June 21, starts by email March 29, Burlington. Details here.
Details of all seven classes offered this spring here.

For more information or to register for any of the above, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Claire Roberts of Trident Media seeks new authors

The Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra,
one of 100s of well-known authors
represented by Trident Media
Trident Media Group
41 Madison Ave
Floor 36
New York, NY 10010

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. ~ Brian

Trident Media Group is one of the largest and most diversified agencies in the world. Trident represents over 1,000 authors in a range of genres of fiction and nonfiction, many of whom have appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers Lists and have won major awards and prizes. For more than six consecutive years, Publishers Market Place ranked Trident number one for sales in North America. But Trident doesn’t just work with bestselling authors; it also takes on emerging authors.

Claire Roberts is a Vice President of Trident Media. In addition to heading up Trident’s foreign rights department, Claire is now building her own list of authors, and like all new agents, she needs authors.

Claire has been a publishing professional for 24 years, with 19 years of experience in UK and foreign rights. With her wide foreign rights experience, she will agent her clients in both the U.S. and in the international markets.

Her focus is on upmarket and literary fiction, upmarket crime fiction and narrative non-fiction.

Before joining Trident, Claire oversaw the foreign rights program for Doubleday and Broadway Books, both imprints of Random House US. Prior to that she managed foreign rights for William Morrow and Avon Books, and for the trade books division of Harcourt Brace, now a part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Some of the authors she has handled in the international markets are: Justin Cronin, Elizabeth George, Michael Ondaatje, Marilynne Robinson, Mark Sennen, Radhika Swarup, Sonali Deraniyagala, Paul Harding, Marlon James, and Bob Swarup. Claire graduated from Brown University with a B.A. magna cum laude in Comparative Literature and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Query Claire through Trident’s online form here.

Anne Shone, senior editor,
Scholastic Books
Brian Henry will lead a How to Write a Bestseller workshop on Saturday, Feb 18, in Guelph, with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong (see here).

Also, he’ll lead Writing and Revising, Saturday, Feb 25, in Burlington (see here), Saturday, March 4, in London (see here), and Saturday, March 25, in Toronto (see here), and Writing with Style, Saturday, March 11, in Georgetown (see here).

Brian will  lead Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, April 1, in Windsor (see here), on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin Uçar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press (see here) and on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior editor at Scholastic Books (see here). Brian will also be leading a weekly Kid Lit class, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga (here).
Note: For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down).

Brian Henry will be leading a How to Get Published workshop on Saturday, April 22, in Midland, again with Stacey Donaghy (see here).
Note: For updated postings of current How to Get Published workshops here (and scroll down).

For more information or to reserve a spot in any Saturday workshop or weekly course, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

And don't miss the June in 
Algonquin Writing Retreat, June 2 – June 4 or 5, 2017. Details here.

Sylvia McNicoll, author of more than
30 books for young people will be on of the
guest speakers for the Writing Kid Lit course
In the spring, Brian will be offering a full range of classes from beginner to advanced:
Welcome to Creative Writing, Monday evenings, April 10 – June 19, Burlington Details here.
Writing Personal Stories, Thursday afternoons, April 27 – June 15, Burlington Details here.
Writing Kid Lit, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, Mississauga. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, April 12 – June 14, starts by email April 5, Burlington. Details Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, April 13 – June 15, starts by email April 6, Georgetown. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 11 – June 13, starts by email April 4, Burlington. Details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, April 5 – June 21, starts by email March 29, Burlington. Details here.
Details of all seven classes offered this spring here.

For more information or to register for any of the above, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

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

Navigation tip: For many more literary agents seeking authors, click on the Literary Agents button at the top of the page, just below the banner. To see only Canadian agents, click on the button in the right-hand column under More Content. To see only agents representing kid’s lit, click on the Children’s/YA agents button in the list of Labels below.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Writing for Children & for Young Adults, with Yasemin Ucar, senior editor, Kids Can Press, Saturday, May 13, in Caledon

The Awakening, a YA novel by Kelley Armstrong,
a New York Times
#1 bestselling author
and one of Brian's students
Writing for Children & for Young Adults ~ the world’s hottest market
With guest speakers: Yasemin Uçar, senior editor, Kids Can Press, and author Jennifer Mook-Sang
Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Albion-Bolton Branch, Caledon Public Library, 150 Queen Street South, Bolton, Ontario (Map here.)

If you want to write the next best-selling children’s books or just want to create stories for your own kids, this workshop is for you. Learn how to write stories kids and young adults will love and find out what you need to know to sell your book.

Special option: You may, but don't have to, bring 2 or 3 copies of the opening couple pages (first 500 words) of your children’s book or young adult novel (or 1,000 words if that will get you to the end of your picture book or to the end of your first chapter.) If you’re not currently working on a children’s story, don’t worry, we’ll get you started on the spot!

Workshop leader 
Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He teaches at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers and is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing Inc). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published. See reviews of Brian's classes and workshops here.

Guest speaker Yasemin Uçar is a Senior Editor at Kids Can Press. Yasemin has been a children’s book editor for close to twenty years. She worked at Scholastic Canada before moving to London, UK, in 2001, where she worked as a Senior Editor at Piccadilly Press. In 2006, she moved back to Toronto and worked as a freelance editor for a number of years before joining Kids Can Press in 2012.
Yasemin has worked with many popular and award-winning authors and illustrators, including internationally bestselling author Louise Rennison, Ashley Spires, Barbara Coloroso and Caroline Adderson.


Guest speaker Jennifer Mook-Sang grew up on the shores of tropical Guyana and moved to Canada when she was fourteen. She lived an ordinary life in search of treasure until she found the beginnings of a story in one of Brian Henry's classes. That story grew into the humorous middle-grade novel Speechless, published by Scholastic in 2015. 
Speechless was shortlisted for many awards, and recommended by the Ontario Library Association, the Canadian Childrens’ Book Centre, the CBC, and the TD Summer Reading Club.
Her picture book Captain Monty Takes the Plunge will be released in the fall of 2017 by Kids Can Press.
Jennifer enjoys visiting schools and libraries to talk about the three RRRs - Reading, wRiting and procRastination. She loves sunshine and sand and, though quite fond of the letter “R,” her favourite letter has always been “the C.” Jennifer lives in Burlington, Ontario. You can find out more about her at http://jennifermooksang.com/. Speechless is available online here.


Brian Henry
Workshop fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 + $6 for pizza lunch = $55 
paid in advance by mail or in person 
or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 + $6 for pizza lunch = $59 at the door
To pay in advance, make your cheque out to the Caledon Public Library, and mail it to:
Attention:  Laura Nolloth, Caledon Public Library, Albion Bolton Branch, 150 Queen Street South, Bolton, ON, L7E 1E3
Or you can pay in advance in person at any Caledon Library branch. (Branch locations here.)  
To reserve a spot now, email: programs@caledon.library.on.ca

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

“Rhodi the Toady” by Sharlene Arnold

I met Rhodi many years ago, back when life was easy, just jumping around the ole’ swimming hole having fun. There were lots of us back then, carefree, casual and careless. Our newly formed legs gave us power and kept us hopping. We breathed in the summer water, our skin soaking up the warmth of the pond, the fresh green smell of the lily pads filling our developing lungs. I spotted Rhodi right from the start sitting on a toadstool shaped like a tulip.  
      He was different.
      His rough skin had bumps on them, so unlike my own smooth covering that was shiny and moist. It wasn’t unattractive to me though. On the contrary. I liked to watch him sit on his haunches, then show off his short well muscled legs as he walked to the edge of the pond. Even then he was more grounded than I was. My high leaps dazzled as I leaped from the pad, showing off my long legs and acrobatic skills.  My eyes swirled in all directions, scouting out looks of admiration, but always came back to rest on Rhodi. I could see him watching me, so focused and intent, his eyes shaped like the football that lay forgotten in the shallow water.
     The courting phase was just like the song we heard coming from the farmhouse close by- the tune drifting through the summer air like whispers of love. He wasn’t a frog and didn’t have a pistol by his side, nonetheless, he was a prince among toads who came a courtin’. He took me to sit in the dampness under the shady oak tree. That long tongue of his flicked out to catch a passing fly, then deftly slipped it into my waiting mouth. His mastery impressed me., especially for one so young. Yes, he was one hunk of a toad.
     The day finally came when he tried to get down on one knee as he croaked, “Miss Froggy, will you marry me?”
   “You can call me Franny,” I said, slipping my arms around his thick bumpy neck. And the adventures began.
     We left the ole swimming hole, setting up house in an up and coming part of town in a newly built subdivision. Not needing a lot of room, we settled on a patch of grass boarded with bright red geraniums and striped green and white hostas that provided shade and coolness in the summer heat. A bonus water feature kept us moist, the stream of liquid running over our adult skin, so refreshing after a day, of exploring. Nights were spent cuddled up under the magnolia tree with it’s blossoms falling in waves of love around us.
     Rhodi, sensing my restless spirit, planned vacations even though it went against his homebody nature. My considerate mate settled me in the cargo section between a red suitcase and a small cage containing a bluebird that serenaded us for most of the flight. With arms wrapped tight we flew to far- away places, hearing languages we didn’t understand. It didn’t matter for we croaked away in a language all our own. We discovered the language of love is universal.
    After having our first schnapps in Germany at a small town on the winding Rhine we swayed back to our lodgings. We had heard that Germans could be stiff and somewhat cold, but there on the dirt path a lone sole befriended us. 
    In a thick English accent, he warned us about the power of drink, especially homemade concoctions like the peach liqueur sold in local restaurants. It was too late. Rhodi, with his thickened body absorbed the newly discovered brew like the trooper he was, but for the first time in my life my trim form proved to be a detriment. The next morning, as Rhodi waved breakfast under my shrinking nostrils, I hopped to a nearby bush and spewed out my memories of the night before.
     Our dissimilar eyes really popped open in Holland. As we toured the red-light district in Amsterdam, women in all shapes, sizes and colour, flaunted their wares. Rhodi found it impossible not to stare at the bouncing breasts and scantily clad females that jiggled behind the glass walls. I wasn’t threatened. Rhodi only had bug-eyes for me.
     The fumes of the brown cafes seeped into our squatty heads. Music blaring out from every street corner pounded our fragile skulls. We hopped back to our night space, grateful for the experience but happy to have peace once again. Rhodi surrounded my body with red tulips and tempted me with Gouda.
    Did we like France? Oh la-la. The wide avenue of the linden-laden Champs Elysee displayed designer labels that set my small heart pounding. The petite French women, surrounded by the scent of Chanel, strolled the streets, their arms laden with bags of scarves and baguettes. At the   famed Arc de Triumph we listened to the tour guide relate the story of Napoleon. History was never a strong point for either of us and we lapped up the lesson with gaping mouths, almost hearing the champagne bubbles burst in the romantic air.
      Under the table that night at dinner we listened to the waiter ask, “Est-ce que vous avez choisir?”   The specialty was frog’s legs swimming in melted butter, he said. Our normally droopy lips sagged even more as they gaped open in horror.  We did choose - to make a hasty exit over the wooden floors and out the open door.
      Our days of travel lessened. The last trip to Switzerland took us on the cog-train, the wheels chugging up the steep slope of the Alps, the snow white hair of the Grand Dame tumbling down her sides. Rhodi’s once strong back legs pulsed with arthritis. My eyes clouded over like the mist covering the mountains. The sound of the Alpenhorn bid us Auf Weidersehen.
     Life was good back in Canada. Our little tadpoles, the miracle polys, grew up all too quickly getting their land-legs and swimming away one by one. They played in the same pond that Rhodi and I once did, testing the waters on each lily-pad. Adventure called and they hopped the coup.
     So here we sit in our retirement covered by the branches of the old magnolia tree.  Our arms are tightly wrapped around each other and I feel his bumps worn down with age. Last Valentine’s Day Rhodi surprised me with a gift. In the dirt right in front of our bench where we spend the days he had written his final words of love, “Rhodi the Toady loves Franny the Frog.” We have become one with the white pitted stone upon which we sit, and one with each other. He croaked just before me.

Sharlene Walker-Arnold lives in Burlington. Her years of living in Europe have given her the settings and ideas to use in her short stories. She’s been previously published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, the Globe &Mail (here), has a first place winner piece coming out in Screamin Mamas Valentine's issue, plus her first story in a travel magazine Cargo Literary.

See Brian Henry’s schedule hereincluding writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Workshop with bestselling author and other great writing workshops coming soon

How to Write a Bestseller
With book editor Brian Henry
 & New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong 
Saturday, February 18, 2017
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph, Ontario (Map here.)
This workshop will give you the inside scoop on what gives a novel best-selling potential. You’ll learn how to get readers emotionally involved in your story, how to raise tension, control your pacing and keep your readers turning the pages. But you won't just hear about some of the best secrets of the trade; you'll learn how to apply them to give your own writing a sharp new edge.
Kelley Armstrong lives in Aylmer, south of London, Ontario, with her husband and three children. She used to program computers and attend Brian Henry workshops. Now she writes international bestsellers. Kelley has hit the New York Time’s bestseller list with both her supernatural thrillers for adults and her urban fantasy for teens.
Kelley's principal publishers are Random House in Canada, St. Martins and HarperCollins in the U.S. and Doubleday and Little Brown in Britain. To date, she's published more than28 books, most recently Betrayals, a gothic novel for adults; Forest of Ruins, a fantasy novel for teens; and coming in February, just before our workshop, A Darkness Absolute, a thriller for adults.
Bitten, A TV series based on Kelley’s first 13 novels, has been broadcasting since January 2014.
Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Writing and Revising
Offered in three locales:
Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Burlington Central Library 2331 New Street, Burlington, Ontario (Map here)
And
Saturday, March 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
London Central Library, Tonda Room, 251 Dundas St, London, Ontario (Map here.)
And
Saturday, March 25, 2017
10:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Glenview Church , Bethlehem Room, 
1 Glenview Ave, Toronto, Ontario (Map here)
If you want to refine your story-telling skills and cut the time you will need to spend editing, this workshop is for you. You'll learn how to step back from a manuscript in order to find – and fix – flaws in your plot, structure, characterization and style. You'll learn how to rethink, rework and rewrite so that your manuscript will live up to your vision.
Special Option: You’re invited to bring the first 500 – 1,000 words of one of your pieces of writing. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you do, three copies could be helpful.
Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca


Writing with Style
Saturday, March 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown, Ontario (in the village of Glen Williams (Map here.)
If you do any kind of creative writing, fiction or nonfiction, this workshop is for you. We’ll tackle the nitty-gritty of putting words on paper in a way that will grip the reader’s imagination. You'll learn how to avoid common errors that drain the life from your prose. And you'll discover how to make your writing more vivid, more elegant and more powerful.
Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing teacher 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, Ontario, to Saint John, New Brunswick. He has helped many of his students get published, including Kelley Armstrong, the guest speaker for our “How to Write a Bestseller” workshop.
Read reviews of Brian’s workshops, retreats and classes here.

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