Monday, March 27, 2017

Writing for Children & for Young Adults: Saturday workshops in 4 locales, plus a weekly class

The Rising, 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
Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Raindance Centre for Film, Media and the Arts, 716 Pelissier St, Windsor, Ontario (Map here.)

This workshop is also offered Saturday, May 1, in Caledon at the Bolton Library, with Yasmin Ucar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines, with Anne Shone, senior editor, Scholastic Books (see here), and Saturday, July 29, in Collingwood, with  Monica Pacheco, literary agent with the McDermid Agency (see here).

Writing Kid Lit – Picture Books to YA weekly class is offered Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga, with two guest speakers: authors Sylvia McNicoll and Kira Vermond (see 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 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). But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published. 

Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 if you wait to pay at the door

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

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.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Five paying markets for short prose, poetry, and essays, plus two writing contests

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Confrontation magazine publishes short fiction (up to 7,200 words) and flash fiction (up to 500 words), poetry, and nonfiction (essays and memoir) . Pays $175–$250 for prose, $75–$100 per work for poetry
Deadline: April 15, 2017.
Also, the Confrontation magazine 2017 Poetry Prize is open to submission. $10 entry fee includes a submission to the magazine (which is normally $24). Prize: $750. The winner will be prominently published in the magazine. All entries will be considered for publication. Deadline: April 30.
Details for both the contest and general submissions here.

Southern Indiana Review publishes plays, short stories, film scripts novellas, novel excerpts, creative nonfiction and poetry. Pays: $50 – $100 per piece.
Deadline: April 30, 2017. Guidelines here.


The Quilliad is an independent literary and arts publication based in Toronto. Publishes emerging and established writers and welcomes submissions from all Canadians.
The spring/May issue is open to general literature (no genre fiction or poetry), while the fall/Halloween issue is open to apocalyptic fiction, retold fairy tales, horror, and science fiction as well. Wants poetry flash fiction (500 words or less), short stories (1,000 – 2,000 words). Also accepts some visual art, photography, and comic art. Pays $13.
For the May 2017 issue, submit February – April; for the October 2017 issue, submit July – September. Guidelines here.

Dear literary comrade,
We’d be grateful if you can help spread the word to your writerly members and friends about subTerrain magazine’s awards opportunity: our 15th annual Lush Triumphant Literary Awards contest.
The competition boasts 3 Categories – Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry – and $3,000 CAN in total cash prizes.
The winners will be published in the winter 2017 issue of subTerrain; runners-up will be published in the spring 2018 issue.
The $27.50 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to subTerrain. Enter now, enter often!
Deadline: May 15, 2017. Full contest details here.
Brian, Thanks for helping us get the word out!
All the best,
Natasha Sanders-Kay
Managing Editor, subTerrain
Note: subTerrain is also seeking submissions for its summer issue. This issue will be devoted almost entirely to interviews with (mostly) Canadian writers and thinkers, covering a wide range of topics from writing, the economy, politics, the future, migration, borders in an increasingly “borderless” world, and wherever the conversations take us. Pays $50 per poem and $50 per page for prose.
Deadline May 1, 2017. Guidelines for the summer (and also the fall and spring issues) here.

Bennington Review is published twice a year in print form, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Submissions are read from August 15 to May 15 of every year. The review aims “to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be ‘making birds, not birdcages,’ we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.
Pays $100–$200 for prose, $20 per poem. 
Deadline: May 15, 2017. Guidelines here.

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.

Navigating tip:
 For more paying markets, go to the Labels for this posting listed below and click on Paying Markets, or Best Paying Markets. In the list of Labels, you’ll also find a links to various other collections of postings.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

"The Dancer’s Surprise," by Laura DeGasperis



I take the same streets every night on my way home from work. It’s become an almost ritualistic dance performed every evening. Every day it’s the same people taking turns to waltz with me. We exchange a courteous “good evening” or “what a nice night we’re having,” and then on to the next partner. 

Somehow this evening feels different.

The rhythmic pitter-patter of the rain begins to tap my head. I knew I was smart to remember my umbrella today. I open my umbrella and start my journey home, humming “Singing in the Rain.” The people I pass, don’t engage in our usual pas de deux; they’re hurrying home, tonight’s performance cancelled due to weather conditions.  I follow the quick steps of this retreating chorus line until something in the audience catches my attention.

I stop and squint at two small objects in the road. They seem to be light in colour and they shimmer in the illumination of the street lamps. My curiosity gets the better of me and I decide to snatch up these mystery objects in the street. I need to act quickly, as the road is slick and visibility is not good. I wait for the way to be clear and in one quick dash, I zig and zag through the rain puddles and snatch up the two bits of something with my satin scarf and place the sodden bundle in my bag to inspect later.

The excitement’s made my heart beat to the snappy rhythmic beats of a drum. I quickly made my way home, prancing over rain puddles and gliding by slower dancers enjoying the walk home in the rain. I want to rush to my place and open my treasure like a child on Christmas morning.

At home, I kick off my wet boots, drop my bag and coat to the floor, and retrieve my surprise – still enveloped in my satin scarf – from my bag. I sit there on the floor in my foyer, cross-legged like a child, take a deep breath and begin to open my secret find. 

My eyes well up with tears of happiness when I realize what I have uncovered. Two pink satin ballet slippers lay delicately in my hands. They were soaked from the rain and dirty from sitting in the cold asphalt of the street but they’re still in great condition.  They look to be my size and I don’t even hesitate to try them on, soaking wet and all.

In that moment, as I slide my foot into the first slipper, I feel like Cinderella: it fits as if it was made for my foot. I put the other slipper and stretch out my legs in front of me to inspect them. 

“A perfect fit,” I say to myself.  I

I lay the ribbons across the top of my foot, wind them around the back, then twice around my ankles, and tie them to the side. I haven’t worn a pair since I was thirteen, but the movements remain automatic, perfect.

I lift off the ground as if I’m weightless, to stand en pointe. Then I dance. For hours. I remember every movement and flow across the floor of my house, from hall to living room to bedroom and back. It’s as if I’ve never stopped dancing. I feel perfect.

At last I decide to retire my dancing shoes for the evening, but I’m not ready to actually take them off. Sleeping in them for one night can’t hurt, I thought.

***

As a child, as a young teen, I was a talented dancer and practiced every day for hours. I lived and breathed ballet, it was my whole life. One day, I was walking to the ballet studio with some of my friends. We must have not been paying attention, and in an instant I was knocked off my feet. When I awoke in the recovery room, the doctor told me it was a drunk driver and I should be glad I was still alive.  I ached all over – there was not a part of me that wasn’t in pain – and I had a hard time moving my feet, but thought it was probably due to all the pain medications and trauma.

“Can I still dance?” I asked. The only question I really wanted answered and truly cared about. The doctor and the nurse, my mother and father, just looked at one another, as if to see who was going to give me the news. 

My mother drawing the shortest straw. “Well, honey, you see the car hit you really hard and the doctors worked tirelessly, but there wasn’t much they could do.”

She was too vague. What did she mean? I ripped the blankets from my bed and stared at my  legs. These were no longer my long and slender ivory legs that used to plie and pirouette with such grace and elegance.  Now they were lifeless and broken.

“Paraplegia due to trauma of the spinal cord,” the doctor diagnosed with his medial mumbo-jumbo. I just knew that I would never walk again. And I didn’t.

***

I awake in the morning, eager to greet my new pink satin friends once again. I swiftly remove the covers but I’m confronted with my reality. The shoes are not there, and what were once strong, slender dancers legs have been replaced with bony, white lifeless sticks.  I sigh and lie back on my pillow and close my eyes, hoping to fall back into sleep and continue my wonderful dancing dream. It is a dream I’ve had many times.

But I’m awakened by my mother entering my room to assist me with starting my day. “Wake up honey! It’s beautiful outside. Let’s go out for a walk.” She promptly begins to lift me from my bed to help me into my wheelchair.

“Hmmm, what’s this?” She’s noticed something underneath me as she was helping me up. In her hand, wrapped between her fingers, is a length of pink satin ribbon. I quickly snatch it from her hand. It’s my most cherished treasure.  I see her shocked face, but can’t help myself. This pink satin ribbon is my last tie to my weightless, graceful past. I just cannot let it go.

Laura DeGasperis is a work-from-home mom who is a Jill of all trades, self-proclaimed master of all: a cleaner of toilets, baker of cookies, part-time boo-boo fixer and full-time toddler personal life coach. With two diplomas, one in Interior Design and another in Visual Merchandising, being creative is her passion. Writing started as a way to escape reality into some “me time” but now she's looking to share her work with others. She lives at home with her three-year-old (going on thirteen) daughter Emily, husband Mike, two troublesome tuxedo cats, Minx and Oreo, and a very lazy fish named Red.

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, March 24, 2017

You can have help from a publishing industry professional...

Image by Mary Steer
If you want a literary agent to take on your manuscript, you need a query letter that opens doors for you. Book a consult with Brian Henry. Brian’s seen hundreds of query letters, and he’ll help you write a query that gets a yes.

Or maybe you want help crafting an opening page or a first chapter that hooks the reader. Or you have a picture book manuscript or a short story you want help with. Book a consult. 

In a consultation, Brian looks over a short piece and edits or reworks as needed to make it shine. Then you get to sit down with him to get your questions answered and to get the immediate help you need. 

Perhaps you want an experienced publishing professional to bounce ideas off of. Or maybe you’d like a writing coach
 to meet with periodically. Or you might want to discuss the direction or scope of your project. 
If so, you can arrange a consultation with Brian.

Consultations are brief – usually about one hour – and can be done in person (at a convenient Starbucks for example) or over the telephone. The rate is $75 per hour {plus hst}, pro-rated to the actual length of the consultation. To arrange a time, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

And if you've got a longer work, you need help with, the manuscript of a novel, for example, email Brian now to book a  time slot for this summer. For more information about critiques of full manuscripts, see here and scroll down.

What previous clients and a literary agent have to say:

"Brian's the real deal."
 ~ Kelley Armstrong
Brian, You helped me re-work my query letter. Before that, I'd queried dozens of agents, and guess how many of them asked to see my manuscript? None. After you helped me rewrite, I sent my new query to six agents and all of them asked to see my full manuscript. It was like I discovered the secret password.  Thank you so much,
Sohan S Koonar, Windsor, Ontario. 

Note: Sohan is now represented by Sam Hiyate of The Rights Factory.

Hello, Brian. I’m writing to thank you for your help and advice in both tweaking the manuscript and crafting the query letter for my novel, The Name’s George. I’ve had four requests for the full manuscript as well as one request for a partial. I'm thrilled and hopeful that I can write you again soon with news that I’ve secured representation. Thanks again and all the best,
~ Shauna Clinning, Oakville, Ontario
Note: Shauna is now represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

"Brian’s the real deal.  He isn't just an inspiring teacher – he's plugged into the publishing world! He got me an agent {Helen Heller of the Helen Heller Agency} who sold my first novel, to publishers around the world.  My 13th novel, The Awakening, hit number 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. Currently, Random House Canada, Macmillan in the U.S. and Little Brown in Britain have contracted my next seven books.  So it looks like I’ll be writing for a while."
~ Kelley Armstrong, Aylmer, Ontario
Note: More recently, they've made a TV series, Bitten, based on Kelley's Otherworld series. 

“Brian Henry is a skilled query doctor – I've had a look at some queries he's worked on with authors. He took a query that would have been an immediate "Pass" and transformed it to a compelling query that made me want to read the book right away. I highly recommend Brian to any author who is struggling with getting manuscript requests and needs to take their query to the next level.”
~ Michelle Johnson, Literary Agent and Founder of Inklings Literary Agency.

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.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshop, with literary agent Monica Pacheco, Saturday, July 29, in Collingwood

Missing, a YA novel by Kelley Armstrong,
a New York Times #1 bestselling author,
and one of Brian's students
The Collingwood Public Library presents....
Writing for Children & for Young Adults ~ the world’s hottest market
An editor & a literary agent tell all
Saturday, July 29, 2017
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie St, Collingwood, Ontario (Map here)

Note: This workshop is also offered Saturday, May 1, in Caledon at the Bolton Library, with Yasmin Ucar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), Saturday, May 27, in St. Catherines, with Anne Shone,senior editor, Scholastic Books (see here), and Saturday, July 29, in Collingwood, with Monica Pacheco, literary agent with the McDermid Agency (see here).

Writing Kid Lit – Picture Books to YA weekly class is offered Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, inMississauga, with two guest speakers: authors Sylvia McNicoll and Kira Vermond (seehere).
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 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!

Captain Monty Takes the Plunge,
a picture book by Jennifer Mook-Sang,
one of Brian's students
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). But his proudest boast is that he’s helped many of his students get published. 

Guest speaker Monica Pacheco is a literary agent with the McDermid Agency.  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 children's and young adult (YA) writers and writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.
The McDermid agency's clients include distinguished literary novelists such as David Adams Richards (Winner of the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award for both fiction and nonfiction), Nino Ricci, Andrew Pyper, Michael Winter, Michael Crummey, and Alison Pick.
The agency also represents nonfiction authors, such as Charles Montgomery, Andrew Westoll, and James MacKinnon, all three of whom won the prestigious Charles Taylor prize for literary nonfiction in their years of publication. And the agency represents upmarket commercial fiction writers, such as Leah McLaren from the Globe and Mail, Andrew Pyper, Robert Wiersema, and Peter Darbyshire. 
Monica Pacheco joined the agency in 2008 and represents a growing list of writers, focusing on Young Adult, science fiction and fantasy, and literary fiction Her clients include Sarah Polley, Yves Meynard, Madline Ashby, Sarah Henstra, Irina Kovalyova, Janice Pook, Eli K.P. William, and Bram Stroker Award–winning horror writer David Nickle.

Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 if you wait to pay at the door

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Three new agents at Corvisiero Literary seek Middle Grade, Young Adult and New Adult novels, plus genre fiction and nonfiction, including memoir

Make It Count, a New Adult novel
by Megan Erickson, represented by
the Corvisiero Agency 
Corvisiero Literary Agency
275 Madison Avenue
14th Floor
New York, NY  100016

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The Corvisiero Agency bills itself as a New York City boutique agency founded by Marisa A. Corvisiero. Here’s what they have to say about themselves: “This agency is a place where authors can partner with professional and experienced representation, who will value and guide them toward a successful career in publishing. We offer international literary representation and management services to fiction and non-fiction authors of all ages, for all ages, in a wide spectrum of genres. We pride ourselves in our expertise and tailor fit approach to helping authors reach their maximum potential.”

Altogether, the agency has nine agents, including three apprentice agents: Vanessa Robins, Kaitlyn Johnson, and Justin Wells. Like all new agents, they need authors:

Vanessa Robins is a writer, reader, and lover of food. From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in May of 2015 with a degree in English literary studies and a minor in professional writing. When she isn’t reading or working, Vanessa can be found playing rec league softball (her team is called “Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Batman *and Women*,” in case you were wondering), experimenting in the kitchen, knitting, or screaming at her favorite sports teams (go Eagles and Phillies!). 

Vanessa is currently accepting queries within the following categories:
  • New Adult – all, but especially humor
  • Young Adult – gritty plots with diverse characters
  • Fiction – thought-out thrillers, romance with strong female leads, heavily based science sci-fi, and sports-centric plots
  • Nonfiction– memoirs including coming of age, cultural/ethnic/sexuality, survivor, and humor themed
  • Bonus points for Medical Narratives (characters with medical illnesses and chronic diseases, or MS told through a medical professional’s view point)
She will not represent Picture Books Middle Grade, Screenplays, or Erotica

Query Vanessa at: query@corvisieroagency.com
Put "ATTN: Vanessa Robins-Query [Book Title]" in the subject line.
Attach a 1–2 page synopsis and the first five pages of your manuscript in separate Word .doc files. Your query letter should include links to any social media or author websites.

Kaitlyn Johnson received a BA in Writing, Publishing, and Literature from Emerson College. Then, as soon as her diploma came in the mail, she then started her own freelance editing company, K. Johnson Editorial.
 
Kaitlyn is proud to be on staff for the increasingly popular Muse and the Marketplace Conference held in Boston every April/May through GrubStreet. She currently works as both the Muse Conference Assistant and the Donor Communications Assistant at GrubStreet.
 
Young Adult and New Adult are her main interests. She mostly drools for fantasy (yes, that very much includes urban fantasy!), time travel, select dystopian, romance (with erotic elements is OK), and historical fiction if it is anything other than Henry VIII. Contemporary stories can grab her attention only if the concept is unique enough and executed well. Overplayed tropes/characters make her cringe. Same goes for upper Middle Grade.

LGBT (as well as characters questioning their sexuality) welcome in all genres accepted above. No chapter books or picture books, horror, thriller/suspense, or nonfiction.

 Her favorite authors/books include the following: Cornelia Funke (Inkheart series);  John Green (more Looking for Alaska, less An Abundance of Katherines); Gayle Forman (Just One Year and Just One Day); Lois Lowry (The Giver series); Scott O’Dell (Island of the Blue Dolphins). Her favorite TV shows are Doctor Who, Buffy, Supernatural, Firefly – basically the nerdier the fandom the better.

 
When not drowning in words, Kaitlyn can be found exploring beautiful Boston, working with a fabulous community of writers at GrubStreet, or home hanging with her fatty calico cat, Keiko. She blogs here.  

Query Kaitlyn at: query@corvisieroagency.com
Put: "Query: Kaitlyn Johnson, [name of manuscript]" in the subject line. Include the first five pages and a 1–2 page synopsis.

Justin Wells is going into his Senior year of college, and will be graduating with a B.S. in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations. He loves being able to utilize his skills in public relations to assist the agency, and his own clients through his work as a literary agent. 

Justin loves every aspect of the agent lifestyle. He loves learning new things every day, and being able to grow as an agent. Be it searching for that next amazing manuscript and client, helping current clients, or doing regular tasks throughout the agency. He loves all of it, and looks forward waking up every day and wondering what new adventure could be awaiting him in his query box. 

When it comes to reading, he is very open. His main focus is young adult, middle grade, and new adult, though he has been known to branch out and explore other books that catch his eye.

His favourite authors include Markus Zusak, John Green, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkein, Beth Revis, Susan Dennard, Gary Paulsen, Lauren Oliver, and Sarah Dessen.

Justin is seeking:
Middle Grade: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Adventure, and Historical Fiction. 

Young Adult: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, and Dystopian.

New Adult: Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Science Fiction 

Adult: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction 

Query Justin at: query@corvisieroagency.com  
In the subject line, write: "Query - ATTN: Justin Wells, [name of manuscript]"
Include a 1–2 page synopsis, 10-page sample of manuscript included in the body of your email, and your social media links. No Attachments.

Author Kira Vermond
up for a Silver Birch Award
Note: Brian Henry will lead a Writing and Revising workshop Saturday, March 25, in Toronto (see here).

He'll will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adult workshops on Saturday, April 1, in Windsor (see here), on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin U├žar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (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 (see here).
Note: For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down).

Also, Brian will lead a How to Get Published workshop on Saturday, April 22, in Midland, with literary agent Sue Miller (see here).
Note: For updated postings of current How to Get Published workshops here (and scroll down).

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

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

This spring – starting soon! – Brian will offer 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, with guest speakers authors Sylvia McNicoll and Kira Vermond, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, Mississauga. 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.
Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, April 12 – June 14, starts by email April 5, Burlington. Details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, April 5 – June 21, starts by email March 29, Burlington. Details here.

Details of all classes offered this spring here
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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.


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