Saturday, October 31, 2015

Love Letters ~ Where your fellow writers are getting published & Writer to Writer

Hi, Brian.
My short story “Waiting” got published in The Broken City magazine. They used a beautiful illustration. Check it out in the current edition of Broken City here.
Speak soon,
Hannah McKinnon
For information on submitting to Broken City, see here.


Hi, Brian.
You started it all!  You gave me the confidence to believe in my writing and now I'm slowly gaining more and more success.  Excited to report I just heard I won the grand prize in the 2015 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award contest, one I know you've judged and also recommended to your students. 
Thank you, Brian!
Best,
Heather Rath
You can read Heather’s story, "Stalker" on Quick Brown Fox here.
The winner of the Galbraith Award takes home a $2,000 prize. For information about this contest, see here.


Hi, Brian.
I recently published Tricksy Critters: A Halloween Picture Book.
Regards,
Michelle de Villiers
Tricksy Critters is available for the excellent price of absolutely free. Check out Tricksy Critters and Michelle’s other two books on Amazon, here.

Hi, 
This seems to be my week for painful stories. Here is one (disturbing – but free!) that just landed on the Psychology Tomorrow site. Brian, you read it last winter, but it will be new to the rest of you.
Sally B
Read Sally’s story here
For information about submitting to Psychology Tomorrow, see here.

Writer to Writer
Dear Brian,
I’ve just launched a Kickstarter campaign that is trying to spread happiness (and feeling in general) through letter-writing. Using creative writing, I believe we can reconnect people in our disconnected digital world. We can empower people to feel.
I think this relates to your writing blog, and I would greatly appreciate if you would give me a shoutout or write something about my project!  The more people that join in, the more people who feel.  The motive is purely social — otherwise I would definitely charge more than $2 Canadian per letter.
Check it out here.
Sincerely,
Andrew Luba
Mailing address available on request (for letters!!!)

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

Friday, October 30, 2015

Exile Editions pays for monster stories, Outlook pays for stories, essays & poetry, Brain Mill offers royalties for book-length LGBTQ+ fiction, Horrified Press offers royalties for stories & Postcard Stories wants flash fiction

Exile Editions seeks Canadian myth and monster stories for Those Who Make Us anthology. Length 2,000 to 7,000 words, but under 5,000 preferred. Payment: 5 cents / word.
Deadline: November 2, 2015. Submission guidelines here.

Outlook Springs magazine accepts short stories, essays and poetry. Pays $25 U.S. for short stories and nonfiction and $10 U.S. per poem.
Submissions period runs Sept 15 through June 15. Full submission guidelines here.

Brain Mill Press is currently seeking full-length LGBTQ+ submissions across all genres and the full spectrum of sexualities and identities. We’re looking for books written with passion and conviction that speak to a diverse readership, because we believe that everyone deserves to tell their story and everyone deserves to have their story told.
While we’ll consider any submission that centralizes queer characters and queer experience, we are especially interested in the following broad categories:
Love Is Love. Swoonily romantic and heartfelt queer stories that affirm the intimacy, reality and validity of love beyond heteronormative expectations.
All the Colors of the Rainbow: We’d love to see stories of any kind that feature the less-represented queer identities, particularly women of any sexuality, trans* people, non-binary people, the aro/ace spectrum, and bisexuals. And, of course, anyone you feel should have been included in that list.
Post Queer: Stories of any genre that just happen to have queer protagonists. Because you don’t have to be a heterosexual white man to solve a crime, slay a dragon, save the galaxy or be bodyguard to the President.
Hellum and Neal Series editor Alexis Hall will select books for digital and print publication in the series. Submit complete manuscripts of 45,000-100,000+ words. Books in this series will be offered a contract for publication and royalties, and will be professionally edited and produced. The ebook and trade print will be internationally distributed. All published books will be promoted by the press, submitted for industry review, and chosen and promoted by the series editor.
Full submission guidelines here.

Horrified Press seeks short stories for several anthologies/ For example: 3,000 – 5,000 word stories for The King of the Living Dead. No advance, just royalties.
Deadline: As soon as they have enough stories they like.  Submission guidelines here.

Postcard Shorts has several hundred diverse and diverting short stories, for you to read, share and enjoy. The inspiration for this site comes from a challenge made by George Hay, a science fiction magazine editor in the 1970s, to Arthur C. Clarke (and others). The challenge was to write a short story to put on a postcard. One result was Arthur C. Clarke's story "Quarantine", which you can read here.
Postcard Shorts is looking for original material, about 250 words or so – as much as you could more or less fit on a postcard. Postcard shorts is open to all genres of flash fiction.
Submission guidelines here.

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

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

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Algonquin in June Writing Retreat, Arowhon Pines Resort, Algonquin Park


Algonquin in June Writing Retreat
Friday – Sunday
June 10 – 12, 2016
Arowhon Pines Resort, Arowhon Pines Rd, Little Joe Lake, Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada

Give yourself three days of writing time. Three days of instruction, inspiration and creativity. Award yourself with time away from distractions, with no dishes to do and wonderful food at every  meal, as you sit with your feet up and write in the most beautiful wilderness setting in Ontario. This is where the Group of Seven got its inspiration (Tom Thompson is buried just a couple of lakes over); it’s a wonderful place for you to find your inspiration, too.

The retreat will feature both instruction and guided writing exercises, plus one-on-one critiquing and coaching from Brian.  You’ll also have lots of time to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with your creativity. 

All writing levels welcome. Whether you are just beginning or have a novel in progress, please join us. 

The setting: Arowhon Pines is a peaceful, quiet resort nestled in the woods on Little Joe Lake inside Algonquin Park. There are no motorboats on the lake, except for the resort’s own pontoon boat which takes guests on occasional wildlife tours.

The resort is without TV and is far from the roar of traffic. The cry of a loon is the loudest noise you’re likely to hear all day.
Rates include charming accommodation (cabins have a mix of queen beds for one person or couples or twin beds for two people rooming together; rooms also have private bathrooms and each cabin has a lounge with fireplace to share with your fellow writers). 

Three all-you-can-eat gourmet meals per day are provided, featuring an abundance of fresh food prepared by master chefs and an inspired kitchen staff. (Bring your own wine or beer!)

All activities included. When you’re not writing or for spouses who accompany you, there is plenty to do: canoe or kayak a series of lakes or hike trails to see wildlife (moose, loons, beaver, turtles, fox, deer), swim in the lake, sail, stand up paddleboard, play tennis, relax. For indoor activities there is a games room with table tennis, shuffleboard, books, board games. Your stay also includes access to all Algonquin Park programs and activities including a car pass for you to fully enjoy the park.



Check-in isn’t until 3 p.m., but guests can arrive in the morning to fully take advantage of the facilities (though the meals included in your package don’t begin until after check-in time, so lunch on Friday is extra if you arrive early). Each guest will get a day pass for Algonquin Park. The formal retreat will begin late Friday afternoon. On Sunday morning, we’ll have our last formal get-together ending at 12 noon. Check out time is at 1 p.m.  Most guests have lunch while the bellhops load the car. But once you’ve had lunch, don’t feel you have to rush off!

Participants are welcome to bring spouses, partners or friends, as there will be plenty to do while you’re writing – canoeing, kayaking or sailing, swimming if warm enough, tennis, reading and just plain resting and unwinding, enjoying the wilderness.

Read more about Arowhon Pines
 here.

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 our fall writing retreat at Arowhon Pines, see here. 
To see more reviews of Brian’s weekly courses and Saturday workshops, just scroll down the page. 

Accommodation fee: 440 per person either single- or double- occupancy for the two nights (that’s $100 off the regular price for double-occupancy; $276 off the regular single-occupancy price). Plus 15% service charge (in lieu of tipping, no extra tipping allowed), then 13% hst added to these rates.

Seminar fee (special June 2016 price): 123.89 plus hst = 140
Full receipts issued. Space is very limited.

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

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

Who can attend the retreat?
Everyone interested in developing their writing skills is welcome to attend, whether you're aspiring writer or an accomplished author or simply enjoy writing as a hobby. There is no requirement for you to have been previously published or even to have an intention to publish.

I'm a poet / playwright / other writer. Is this retreat for me?
The retreat is open to anyone who enjoys writing. Instruction will focus on narrative writing; i.e., stories, whether fiction or memoir. But if you’re an essayist or poet or whatever, you’re entirely welcome.

Should I bring my work in progress?
Yes, if you have an on-going writing project, bring it with you! If you’re not currently working on anything, don’t worry, we’ll get you writing.

Should I bring my laptop?
Yes, if you prefer to work on your laptop. During the day, we’ll have use of tables by power outlets in the dining room for writing. If you prefer to work on paper bring that.


 Can you cater to specific dietary requirements?
Yes, just let the staff at Arowhon Pines know about your needs.

I want to stay longer or arrive early. Is it possible to do that?
If you want to arrive early and stay longer, that is fine. Just arrange it with the resort. There is plenty to see and do in the park, and Arowhon Pines is a lovely place to base from.

Can I bring my spouse (or partner or friend)?
Certainly. Just let them know you’ll be spending most of your time writing, (though you will have some free time every day), and make sure they enjoy superb food, the beauty of the fall woods, and relaxing on the deck or the dock or out on a canoe as they glide past a moose munching on water lilies….

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


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

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Writer’s Paradise ~ 2 reviews of the Retreat at Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park


Writing Retreat at Arowhon Pines
by Joyce Schacter, Ottawa

I’ve just returned from an inspiring weekend of writing with the Quick Brown Fox himself, Brian Henry.  

This retreat reminded me that the craft is an interactive process: write, read, receive feedback, revise.  Brian encouraged, coached, cajoled and helped us apply ourselves to what we love:  the stuff of stories.  He presented key topics, led discussions, organized us into reader-feedback buddies, put us at ease in his kind and funny way, and set up an environment that nurtured the writer in us. 

Mark (one of the participants) and Brian in conference
In one-on-one sessions, our fearless leader applied his laser vision and editorial savvy to our writing projects and brought them to new levels of clarity. 

The beautiful natural setting at Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park was ideal for a writing retreat.  Ethereal mist moved across the lake in the cool early mornings of mid-September.

We hiked, canoed, kayaked, and swam in the still waters of Little Joe Lake, and had a boat tour of the area.  Though the word “retreat” suggests temples and robes, the only monastic feature of Arowhon Pines is the old-fashioned bell clanging call to the dining hall for delicious gourmet meals.  Dining together gave us wonderful opportunities to connect and draw motivation from each other. 

We were an eclectic dozen, including a feng shui expert, a painter in search of a new artistic medium, an accountant with an interest in Depression-era prostitution, and a retired jail warden, to name a few.

After I slipped into Little Joe Lake for a pre-breakfast swim one misty morning, I was designated  Chief Lemming in the line up for the Go Jump in the Lake exercise that we’re planning next time ...  I’ve already reserved my spot.


Writer’s Retreat with Brian Henry
by Donna Kirk, Burlington

This past weekend, I attended my first writers’ retreat at Arowhon Pines resort in Algonquin Park.

I arrived at noon on Saturday, just in time to hear the 12:30 lunch bell. The meal was beyond any expectations of gourmet. I even ate a dessert, a hard decision, given that there were about twenty to choose from. This was the beginning of two days of epicurean perfection.

After settling in my comfortable room, I realized I’d forgotten to ask for the code to the internet, and trudged back to the office.

"Mist on Little Joe Lake," photo by Joyce Schacter
“No worries about that,” said a pleasant New Zealand girl. “We don’t have internet here. Or cell phone service. But there is a TV in the games lodge where you can watch movies.”

My God. What if I get an urgent email from somebody who couldn’t wait to be my agent? Or a call from a publisher who’s heard via the grapevine about the brilliant novel I’m writing?

The Kiwi girl’s parting shot, “No liquor license either,” was delivered in a voice far too cheery for that kind of message. “But,” she added, “you’re welcome to bring any alcoholic beverage to the dining room or for enjoyment in your own room.”

My husband, who accompanied me to the retreat because we’d heard about Arowhon – the fabulous food and the wilderness location – did a one-eighty and headed back to the parking lot. The nearest liquor store was in Dwight. Teresa, the manager of the lodge, called after him. “Will you please bring me back a Globe and Mail?”

 After lunch, I plugged in my computer and sat down on the verandah of the games room with a view of Little Joe Lake to work on the re-write of the first chapter of my novel. (After all, this was what I was here for). There were no pings of in-coming email, no temptation to procrastinate on Facebook. My company was a loon swimming back and forth on the lake, couples drifting by in canoes, and complete silence.

Naomi – Brian’s wife – had to remind me at four p.m. that it was time for the get-together in Tanglewood Cottage.

We all introduced ourselves in turn. Everyone looked full from lunch but we soon woke up to Brian’s topic for discussion: What you might want to add to a piece of writing to give it the fullness that makes a story seem real. Even though Brian’s hand-outs are excellent, I take notes. The good pointers seem to stay longer in my brain that way.

Over the next two days we enjoyed writing discussions on Point of View, Dialogue, and Ways to Help Yourself Write. After these discussions, we teamed up in pairs to share what we’d been writing. My partners were helpful and honest. And after each session, we returned to our favourite place to write.

Everyone in the group had a personal half-hour session with Brian. This was the highlight for me. Brian is always helpful and honest. Besides saying what’s praiseworthy about a piece, he tells you what doesn’t work, then suggests ways to change it so it does.

I’m back to the drawing board with my opening chapter. That’s what I came to the retreat for – fresh ideas and a different outlook.

Sunday morning a thick mist was rolling off the lake – a eerie and breath-taking. A few brave souls went swimming. I didn’t need that much waking up before our morning writing sessions.

Sunday afternoon, some writers enjoyed a boat tour of the lake. Our guide, a true woodsman, extended his sympathy to those of us who live in cities. For an hour, we listened to him describe the wild life, his everyday companions: loons, moose, beavers, hawks, humming birds, deer and bears.

Monday morning, the group gathered on the dock for a picture. The retreat was everything I’d expected, and more; friendly people, wonderful food and a remote lodge in the middle of a glorious national park.

To read more about Arowhon Pines Resort, see here.

See details of upcoming retreats here ( and scroll down).

To reserve a spot, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

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

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Literary agent Mary South of Lowenstein Associates seeks literary fiction and nonfiction

Barbara Lowenstein
Lowenstein Associates
115 East 23rd Street
4th floor
New York, NY 10001
http://www.lowensteinassociates.com/

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

Lowenstein Associates represents a diverse array of writers, including authors of bestselling commercial fiction, adult sci-fi-/fantasy/horror, thriller and crime fiction, young adult fiction, narrative non-fiction, and exceptional literary fiction; prominent cultural icons; and leading experts in medicine, psychology, and contemporary issues.

Mary South is the newest member of the team and like all new agents, she needs authors. Besides being a literary agent, Mary is also the digital marketing manager and foreign rights liaison. She is also a senior editor at NOON. Previously, she worked for Random House, Google, The New Yorker, and McGraw-Hill. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and a B.A. in literature, with honors, from Northwestern University. 

Mary is interested in receiving queries for literary fiction with a compelling voice, an exquisite use of form, and the utmost attention paid to the beauty of the sentence. She also has an interest in nonfiction on subjects such as neuroscience, bioengineering, women's rights, design, and digital humanities, as well as investigative journalism, essays, and memoir.

Query Mary at: assistant@bookhaven.com
Put the word QUERY and the title of your project in the subject field of your email and address it to the agent of your choice. For fiction, include the first ten pages; for nonfiction, please include a table of contents and, if available, a proposal pasted into the body of the email. No attachments.
Full submission guidelines here. 

Olga Filina
Brian Henry will lead a How to Get Published  workshop on Saturday, Feb 20, in Kitchener, with literary agent Olga Filina of The Rights Factory (see here).

Brian Henry will also lead a Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshop on Saturday, March 5, in Burlington, with Monica Pacheco, literary agent with The McDermid Agency (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include  You can write great dialogue, Saturday, Nov 7, in Oakville (see here) and Saturday, Nov 21, in Ingersoll (see here), How to Build Your Story, Sunday, Nov 22, in Windsor (see here), How to Make Yourself Write Saturday, Nov 28, in Mississauga (see here), and Writing Your Life, Saturday, Dec 5, in Burlington (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. Starting in the new year, Brian will be offering a full range of courses for both beginning writers and more experienced writers. (Details of all five classes here.) 
Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Jan 28 – March 31, (no class March 17), in Burlington. (Details of this class here.)
Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday afternoons, Feb 2 – March 29, (no class March 15) in Burlington (Details of this class here.)
The Next Step in Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Jan 20 – March 30 (no class March 16), in Burlington
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thurs evenings, Jan 21 – March 31, (no class March 17), in Georgetown
Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, Jan 20 – March 9, in Burlington
See details of all five classes here.

To register or for more information, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

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