Thursday, February 22, 2018

Writing Personal Stories course this spring on Friday afternoons, April 13 – June 8, in Toronto

Writing Personal Stories
8 weeks of sharing and writing
Friday afternoons, 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.
April 13 – June 8, 2018 (No class June 1)
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave, Toronto, Ontario (Map here)
Note: See details of all 7 courses starting this spring 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.

Fee:  $159.29 plus 13% hst = $180
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

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 reviews of the Writing Personal Stories course here. Read more reviews of Brian’s weekly courses, Saturday 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, 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.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Seven literary agents at Irene Goodman Agency seek fiction for Middle Grade, YA, and Adults, and nonfiction

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb,
represented by Irene Goodman Agency
Irene Goodman Literary Agency
New York, NY

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Irene Goodman began her agency in the loft of a tiny walk-up apartment in New York's Upper West Side in 1978. She had a phone, a typewriter, three clients, and a complete inability to accept the idea that she wouldn't succeed. Since then the agency has grown into a thriving international business, an airy suite of offices in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. 
The agency represents authors at every level – from multi #1 New York Times bestsellers to talented newcomers. The agency represents commercial and literary fiction and nonfiction of all stripes, for the adult, young adult, and middle grade markets. “There is really only one criterion we have,” says Irene, “is how much we love it and believe we can sell it.” 
 All seven  agents at the Irene Goodman Agency are looking for authors.

Whitney Ross is the newest member of the team, having joined the agency this year. Like all new agents, Whitney needs authors.
Whitney worked as an editor at Macmillan for nearly a decade, culminating in her role as a senior editor for Tor Teen, Tor, and Forge. Over the course of her career, Whitney has had the pleasure of editing many talented authors, including Susan Dennard, Cora Carmack, Eric Van Lustbader, Steven Erikson, Katie McGarry, Ann Aguirre, Dan Wells, and Stacey Kade.
Whitney represents middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction across all genres, with an emphasis on historical, SF & fantasy, romance, and contemporary fiction. She is also open to non-fiction submissions in the areas of design, cooking, and fashion.
Whitney loves to read novels set in unusual time periods and locations, whether that involves a fantastical element or not. She is rarely able to resist the trickster king motif, and has a weakness for read-between-the-lines subtle romances. Yet she's constantly surprised by books not on her "wish list," and is always open to stories with compelling characters and emotionally involving plotlines.
Whitney earned her B.A. in English Literature, a B.S. in Entrepreneurship, and an M.S. in Publishing. In her spare time, she enjoys competitive sports such as skiing and shopping, and tasting wines with her winemaker husband.
Include the first ten pages in the body of your email, along with a synopsis (3 – 5 paragraphs) and a bio.

Irene Goodman is particularly interested in fiction that hits the sweet spot between literary and commercial –- it's a captivating story, it has something important to say, it's not hard to read, and it's beautifully structured and written. It can be women's fiction, an intelligent thriller, a fun mystery, historical fiction, or middle grade and young adult fiction. 
She is avidly interested in nonfiction, focusing on pop culture, science, Francophilia, Judaica, and lifestyle. Nonfiction can be for adults, young adults, or middle grade.
Query Irene at: irene.queries@irenegoodman.com
Irene prefers a particular format to queries. First, paste in the first ten pages of the manuscript. After that, include the synopsis. And finally, at the bottom, include the query letter.

Miriam Kriss is passionate about modern urban fantasy, young adult fiction, romance, and all other types of commercial fiction.
Include the first ten pages in the body of your email, along with a synopsis (3 – 5 paragraphs) and a bio



Barbara Poelle is looking for high octane thrillers, edgy mysteries, literary and upmarket fiction and YA.
Include the first ten pages in the body of your email, along with a synopsis (3 – 5 paragraphs) and a bio.



Kim Perel is looking for platform-driven nonfiction in the areas of lifestyle, wellness, memoir, politics and narrative nonfiction. She is also looking for upmarket fiction and literary fiction.
Include the first ten pages in the body of your email, along with a synopsis (3 – 5 paragraphs) and a bio.


Maggie Kane is a junior agent currently interested in middle grade, young adult, and character-driven fiction. She can't resist a twist of the fantastical in unexpected places, and her reading interests are varied, from magical realism and fantasy/science fiction to idiosyncratic family sagas and literary suspense. She'll happily follow a compelling voice wherever it leads.
Include the first ten pages in the body of your email, along with a synopsis (3 – 5 paragraphs) and a bio.

Victoria Marini is looking for commercial and literary Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction as well as upmarket commercial or literary Adult fiction. She represents contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, and horror, and select narrative non-fiction. Victoria would not be the best fit for prescriptive non-fiction, new age/religious/spirituality, popular science, new adult, or regency romances.
Include the first ten pages in the body of your email, along with a synopsis (3 – 5 paragraphs) and a bio.

Simon & Schuster editor Patricia Ocampo
If you’re interested in and finding an agent or publisher (someday soon or down the road), don’t miss the How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Feb 24, in Oakville with literary agent Martha Webb (see here) and on Saturday, March 3, in St. Catharines with HarperCollins editor Michelle Meade and author Hannah Mary McKinnon (see here).

If you’re interested in Kid Lit, be sure to register for the Writing for Children and for Young Adults mini-conference on Saturday, April 21, in Waterloo with literary agent Barbara Berson, Simon & Schuster editor Patricia Ocampo, and Young Adult author Tanaz Bhathena (see here)...
And Writing Kid Lit weekly class, Thursday evenings, April 18 – June 13, in Burlington which will feature guest authors Jennifer Mook-Sang and Kira Vermond (see here).

And don’t miss Writing Your Life with guest Ross Pennie, on Saturday, March 10, in Toronto (see here), Writing Conflict: Fight scenes, Dialogue scenes & Love scenes, Saturday, April 7, in Midland (see here), Secrets of Writing a Page-Turner,  Sunday, April 8, in Sudbury (see here), and Writing With Style, Sunday, April 29, in Brampton (see here).

The hottest ticket of the spring season, though, may be How to Write a Bestseller with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong on Saturday, March 24, in Caledon at the Bolton Library (see here).

This spring, Brian also offers a full range of weekly writing classes, from introductory to intensive. (Details of all 7 courses here):
Welcome to Creative Writing, Wednesday, afternoons, April 18 – June 13, in Burlington. See here
Writing Personal Stories, Friday afternoons, April 13 – June 8, in Toronto. See here.
Writing Kid Lit, Picture Books to Young Adult,  Thursday evenings, April 12 – June 14, in Burlington. See here.
Next Step in Creative Writing, Thursdays afternoons, April 12- June 14, at the Woodside Library in Oakville. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings, April 6 – June 15, in Toronto. See here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 10 – June 11, in Burlington. See here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, April 11 – June 13, in Georgetown. See here.
          Details of all 7 courses here.

To reserve a spot in any workshop, retreat, or weekly course, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats 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 tips: Always check out the labels underneath a post; they’ll lead you to various distinct collections of postings. Also, if you're searching for a literary agent who represents a particular type of book, check out this post.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

How to Get Published, Saturday, March 3, in St. Catharines

The Neighbors by guest speaker
Hannah Mary McKinnon, coming from
MIRA books in March 2018
How to Get Published
With guests: 
HarperCollins editor Michelle Meade 
and author Hannah Mary McKinnon
Saturday, March 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 4:00
St. Catharines Central Library, Mills Room,  54 Church Street, St. Catharines, Ontario (Map here.)

If you've ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover everything from getting started to getting an agent, from getting your short pieces published to finding a book publisher, from writing a query letter to writing what the publishers want. Bring your questions. Come and get ready to be published!

Special Option: Participants are invited to bring a draft of a query letter you might use to interest an agent or publisher in your book. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you do, two copies would be helpful. 

Following the end of the formal workshop at about 3:45, Brian Henry will be staying for at least half an hour and helping interested attendees who didn’t have their queries critiqued earlier write query letters that will get a yes, and you'll also get a chance to approach Michelle Meade on a one-on-one basis.

Guest speaker Michelle Meade is an assistant editor with MIRA Books, a HarperCollins imprint head-quartered in New York and Toronto. MIRA publishes novels for a broad audience. They’re eager to acquire breakout and established commercial fiction with a strong narrative drive and complex characters across a wide spectrum, from multi-layered relationship and family dramas that make for good book club picks to voicy contemporary reads, thrillers and psychological suspense, sweeping historicals, speculative novels and more.
Last year 53 MIRA titles placed on bestseller lists (New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly) for a total of 225 weeks. MIRA publishes approximately 100 books per year in all formats.
Michelle lives for the thrill of discovering new voices in commercial fiction and helping authors produce the best books possible for their readers. She’s most interested in complex, emotional reads, especially those with high-tension, suspenseful plots and engaging, authentic characters. She’s particularly looking for emotional, character-driven novels and speculative fiction and would love to find the next Liane Moriarty and Audrey Niffenegger.
At the workshop, Michelle will speak about what she does as an editor, what catches her eye when an agent pitches a manuscript to her (and what makes her give a manuscript a pass), and will answer all your questions.

Guest speaker Hannah McKinnon is the author of Time After Time (published by HarperCollins in Britain), a novel about love, loss and second chances that’s full of humour. 
Her second and third books have been acquired by MIRA. The first of these, The Neighbors, a novel about the implosion of two families, is scheduled to be published March 13, 2018, and her third book a year later. 
When she’s not writing novels for adults, Hannah’s three boys give her plenty of material for children’s books. You can read a review of Time After Time  here
At the workshop, Hannah will be sharing what she’s learned about being a writer, finding an agent, getting published, and making a career as a novelist.

Workshop 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 Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors. 
See reviews of Brian's classes and workshops here.

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’s complete current 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 19, 2018

“Mr. Hamilton” by Jennifer M. Smith


He was hip. He wore crisp shirts and wide neckties. He had a Seventies moustache and Burt Reynolds hair. His right hand almost always held chalk. His left hand was usually in his front pocket. His Levis were so tight that to remove his hand from his pocket he had to put down the chalk, reach across his body and pinch a bit of fabric on his upper left thigh. In this way, he would pin down the interior pocket and keep it from pulling inside-out as he removed his hand. This always left a spot of chalk dust on his pants that he would carefully brush off.

Most of the class thought Mr. Hamilton was pretty cool.

“Okay stop,” he said.

He was wrapping up our Mechanical Arithmetic for the day. That’s what he called it. Every day of Grade 7 we did mechanical math; six digit numbers, four addition, four subtraction, four multiplication and three long division. We toiled the old-fashioned way with pencils and paper in this timed exercise, only ten minutes allowed. There were kids in my class who couldn’t finish in that time, but I could. I had time to spare, which I used to check my work.

“Okay, let’s mark it, pass it back,” Mr. Hamilton instructed.

We all passed our pages over our shoulders to the student sitting directly behind us in the orderly row of desks.

“Who got 12 right?” he asked when the marking was done. A number of hands went up. “Thirteen?” he queried. “Fourteen? Who got all fifteen?”

My hand shot up. He looked at me, “Figures,” he said with a note of disgust in his voice, “When don’t you get them all right?”

Chastised for a perfect score. I couldn’t understand it. I thought that was the goal. I thought parents and teachers alike would praise me for my correct answers. Not Mr. Hamilton, he didn’t like me.

In the afternoon, he handed back our Geography tests.

“Here’s something nice for a change,” he said. “There’s a new top student in the class. Congratulations Martin, you got the highest mark.”

Martin Moore, a shy pudgy kid, was stunned. I turned in my seat to look at him, diagonally behind me across the aisle.

“How does that feel, Jennifer?” Mr Hamilton asked snidely.

I caught Martin’s eye, smiled at him and gave him a thumbs up. It wasn’t a competition. Martin smiled back. I was glad to have someone on my side, someone else who was just trying to get things right.

So, it wasn’t just the marks then. When Martin scored well on a test Mr. Hamilton didn’t take a shot at him, instead he took the opportunity to take another one at me. That Mr. Hamilton, he really didn’t like me.

He liked the prettier girls well enough. I was flat-chested, short-haired and wore jeans and running shoes. I never wore a dress to school. There was Samantha with her beauty mark and her rosebud lips and Rochelle with her sparkling blue eyes, her perfect teeth and disarming dimples. At the age of twelve they both wore bras. Average at their schoolwork but above average at so much more. They were the most popular girls in the class. They were his favourites too.

When Samantha wore a dress to school Mr. Hamilton remarked cheerfully, “You look very pretty today, Sam.” He could be complimentary but I got no approval on math well done.


He liked my Mom – she helped out at the school. He liked my older sister too, despite her A grades. But then, she was more the girly-girl. She wore her long hair tied back in baubles and sometimes she wore skirts. He liked everyone else and everyone else liked him, he just didn’t like me.

Years later, on a Winter day in high school my older sister and I walked home together past our old elementary school.

“Let’s go and see if Mr. Hamilton is in,” she suggested.

“Okay,” I said, but I wasn’t so keen. I hoped he’d gone home for the day.

He hadn’t. He was there. We could see him through his classroom window at the front of the school, marking papers at his desk.

“Aha! The Smith girls!” he said with surprise as we walked in. “All grown up and in High School now! Sandra you’re looking well, what grade are you in?”

“Grade 12,” my sister responded proudly.

“And you Jennifer, you look the same,” he said giving me the once over, “Still dressing like a boy, look at you in those construction boots, why don’t you learn to dress properly?”

I’d hoped for a better reception. If I’d been unsure of my Grade Seven memories there was no denying it now.

At twelve years old, I had sensed it. He resented me because I was smart. He thought it was my job to be feminine, to be pretty. He still did. Fortunately for me, and much to his chagrin, I was smart. I was smart enough to know he was wrong.

JJennifer M. Smith has lived on the water with her husband aboard s/v Green Ghost, for thirteen of the past twenty-one years while travelling extensively by sail.  She currently lives a land-life in Burlington, Ontario, where she works to develop her creative nonfiction and memoir writing skills.
"Good ol’ 'Mr. Hamilton' was a story I wrote on a prompt in Brian's Personal Stories class. The exercise was to write about somebody who doesn’t like you/ or somebody you don’t like. Mr. Hamilton sprang to mind immediately!"

See Brian Henry’s schedule here,  including writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats 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.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

7 Creative Writing Courses offered this spring ~ Introductory to Intensive ~ including Writing Personal Stories & Writing Kid Lit

Welcome to Creative Writing
Nine weeks of discovering your creative side
Wednesday afternoons, 12:45 – 2:45
April 18 – June 13, 2018
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. This course will open the door to writing short stories and writing dialogue, writing in first person and writing in third person, writing just for fun and writing all kinds of things. 
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.
Fee: $167.26 plus 13% hst = 189
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Writing Personal Stories
8 weeks of sharing and writing
Friday afternoons, 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.
April 13 – June 8, 2018 (No class June 1)
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room
1 Glenview Ave, Toronto, 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.
Fee:$159.29 plus 13% hst = $180
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

The Calling a YA novel by Kelley Armstrong,
a New York Times #1 bestselling author
and one of Brian's students
Writing Kid Lit ~ Picture Books to Young Adult
Thursday evenings, April 12 – June 14, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
From picture books to young adult novels, this weekly course is accessible for beginners and meaty enough for advanced writers. Through lectures, in-class assignments, homework, and feedback on your writing, we’ll give you ins and outs of writing for younger readers and set you on course toward writing your own books. 
We’ll have two published children’s authors as guest speakers: 
Jennifer Mook-Sang grew up in Guyana and moved to Canada when she was fourteen. While reading bedtime stories to her two sons, she fell in love with picture books and decided to write one of her own. In one of Brian Henry's classes she found the beginnings of a story. That story grew into the humorous middle-grade novel Speechless, published by Scholastic in 2015. 
Speechless won the Surrey Schools Book of the Year Award, was shortlisted for many others, and was recommended by the Ontario Library Association, the Canadian Childrens’ Book Centre, the CBC, and the TD Summer Reading Club. 
Then in October 2017, Jennifer published her first picture book Captain Monty Takes the Plunge with Kids Can Press. Captain Monty is the boldest, stinkiest pirate to sail the six or seven seas; in fact, he’s never had a bath. Naturally, the Junior Library Guild immediately selected him for its fall list of recommended books. Captain Monty has also been nominated for the Rainforest of Reading Award and Jennifer will be travelling to St. Lucia for that Festival in March.
Jennifer lives in Burlington, Ontario. You can find out more about her here. 
Speechless is available online here. And Captain Monty Takes the Plunge is available here.
Kira Vermond is an award-winning writer with over 1,500 articles to her name. She has been a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, CBC and Today's Parent.
Kira is the author of four nonfiction books for young readers: Half-Truths and Brazen Lies, (read more about Half-Truths here);  Why We Live Where We Live (more here);  Growing Up: Inside and Out, (nominated for on Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Award) and The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash (which was my son’s and daughter’s favourite book  the year it came out, although my kids are four years apart). Kira lives in Guelph, Ontario. 
Fee: $176.11 plus 13% hst = 199
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

The Next Step in Creative Writing
10 weeks of creative growth
Thursday afternoons, April 12 – June 14, 2018
12:30 – 2:45 p.m.
First readings emailed April 5
Woodside Branch of the Oakville Public Library, 1274 Rebecca St, 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.
Besides critiquing pieces, the instructor will give short lectures at the start of class, addressing the needs of the group, and 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. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding.
Fee: 176.11 + 13% hst = 199.  
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca 

Intensive Creative Writing
Ten weeks towards becoming a better writer
Offered in three locations:
Friday mornings, 10:15 – 12:45April 6 – June 15
first readings emailed March 31
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room
1 Glenview Ave, Toronto, Ontario (Map here.)
And
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m., April 11 – June 14
first readings emailed April 4
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown, Ontario (in the village of Glen Williams – Map here.)
And
Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m., April 10 – June 11
first readings emailed April 3
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
Intensive Creative Writing 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. 
Besides critiquing pieces, the instructor will give short lectures addressing the needs of the group, and 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. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding.
Fee: $176.11 + 13% hst = $199
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

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. Brian is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published. 
Read a review of Brian's various courses and workshops here (and scroll down).


See Brian’s complete current schedule here,  including writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats 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.