Sunday, January 21, 2018
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Donaldson Room at the Cambridge Center for the Arts
60 Dickson St, Cambridge, Ontario (Map here.)
Note: This seminar is open only to members of the Cambridge Writers' Collective. For more about the Cambridge Writers Collective see here and visit their Facebook page here. For information about joining the group, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beyond the writing itself, what’s most important for a writer – whether just starting or experienced – is a good critique group or writing buddies. But the emphasis falls on having a good group – and that’s hard to create. This seminar covers the whole gamut of issues, from making sure everyone has opportunities to bring in substantial chunks of their work to making sure the process stays positive and fulfilling. Among other issues we’ll look at:
- Organizing and scheduling – it doesn’t happen by itself
- How to give effective and helpful critiques – sensitivity, professionalism, and creativity
- Critiquing other people’s work – first pass, second, and third
- How to hear a critique – not all advice is good advice
Participants are invited to bring a short sample of your work: 1,000 words absolute maximum, but 750 words or less works better. Bring three copies.
Seminar leader 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. In addition to one-day workshops, he teaches half a dozen or more weekly classes each week, including a few advanced, guided critique groups. But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published.
Read reviews of Brian's classes, workshops and writing retreats here (and scroll down).
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, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.