Thursday, April 18, 2019

Writing for Children and for Young Adults, Sunday May 5, in Toronto and Saturday, May 11, in Brampton

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong,
a New York Times #1 bestselling author
and one of Brian's students
Writing for Children and for Young Adults
  ~ The world’s hottest market
With Scholastic Books senior editor Erin O’Connor
Offered in two locales:
Sunday, May 5, 2019
10 a.m – 4 p.m.
The Carrot Common, 348 Danforth Ave, Room 212, 
Toronto, Ontario (Map here)
And
Saturday, May 11, 2019
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
210 Steeles Apartments, Party Room
210 Steeles Avenue West, Brampton, Ontario (Besides the building’s guest parking, there’s more parking in the Shopper’s World mall next door. 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. We'll be quite a small group, so be sure to bring all your questions – we'll have lots of time for interaction.
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 up to 750 words if that gets 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!
Note: Following the formal end of the workshop at about 3:45, Erin will stay around to chat with you one-on-one and Brian will stay till 4:45 to help with your opening pages.

Guest speaker Erin O’Connor has worked in children's publishing for 25 years. She is senior editor at Scholastic Canada, focusing on picture books and on nonfiction and book-plus projects. Erin began her career as assistant art director at Owl and Chickadee magazines, and at Scholastice spent many years with the school book clubs division acquiring everything from board books to YA novels. 
Erin understands children’s literature from both sides of the desk, as she’s also the author of 101 Math Jokes, 101 Cool Canadian Jokes, Canadian Cartooning and Laugh Out Loud Canadian Jokes – in spite of her kids, who don’t think she’s very funny at all.


In Toronto, on May 5, the second guest speaker will be Laurie Elizabeth Flynn. Laurie is the author of Firsts (Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press) and the psychological thriller Last Girl Lied To, to be released April 16, 2019 from Imprint/Macmillan, along with an untitled thriller to follow in 2020. 
She is also the author of Wattpad featured series The Boys Tell AllHer other short fiction has been named a finalist for the John Kenneth Gailbraith Literary Award.
Laurie is a former model who worked in Tokyo, Athens, and Paris. She now lives in London, Ontario, with her husband, daughter, new-born son, and the world’s most spoiled Chihuahua. When she’s not writing about unlikable girls, you can likely find her hiking in the woods with her family, perusing thrift stores for vintage dresses, or binging reality TV.
At the workshop, Laurie will speak about writing young adult fiction and her career to date.

In Brampton, on May 11, the second guest speaker will be Tanaz Bhathena. Tanaz was born in India and raised in Saudi Arabia and Canada. Her critically acclaimed novel A Girl Like That (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018) was nominated for the 2019 Ontario Library Association White Pine Award and named a Best Book of 2018 by The Globe and Mail, CBC, Quill & Quire, Seventeen, PopSugar, and The Times of India, among others. 
Tanaz is also the author of The Beauty of the Moment, which is due out Feb 26, 2019, (FSG and Penguin Canada), and a fantasy duology called Hunted by the Sky, with the first book coming out in spring 2020 (FSG and Penguin Canada). Her short stories have appeared in various journals, including BlackbirdWitness Room, and of course on Quick Brown Fox
Visit her website here.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor, author, and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. 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. 
Read reviews of Brian’s classes and workshops here.

Fee: $49.56 + 13% hst = $55 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or $53.10 + 13% hst = $60 at the door
To reserve a spot now, 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

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

You’re invited to the launch party for Last Girl Lied To by L.E. Flynn


Hi, Brian.
I hope you're doing well! I'm looking forward to speaking at your workshop May 5 in Toronto.
I wanted to let you know that there will be a launch party for my second YA novel, Last Girl Lied To:
Chapters in South London, 1037 Wellington Rd {Map here}
Sunday, April 28 
2 pm – 5 pm.
Everyone is welcome! I'll be signing books, plus reading an excerpt and doing a Q&A. It should be a fun afternoon!
Here is the link to the event with more info, in case you wanted to share with your Quick Brown Fox readers. If anyone is in the area, I'd love to meet them!
Thanks, and talk to you soon!
Laurie
If you can’t make it to Laurie’s launch, you can order Last Girl Lied To online from Amazon.ca here, from Chapters here, and in bookstores everywhere as of April 16.
Note: along with Erin O’Connor, senior editor at Scholastic Books, Laurie will be my guest speaker at one of the two Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshops I’m leading: Sunday, May 5, in Toronto and Saturday, May 12, in Brampton. Details here. ~Brian

Last Girl Lied To by L.E. Flynn
Laurie
Something made him angry that night.
Something made her cry.
Something made Trixie disappear.
What if it was all the same thing?
Fiona claims she doesn’t remember anything about the night her best friend left a party early and walked into the ocean. But the truth is she wishes she could forget.
Trixie’s disappearance is ruled a suicide, but Fiona starts to believe that Trixie isn’t really dead. Piecing together the trail of a girl who doesn't want to be found leads her to Jasper, Trixie’s former friend with benefits, and to Beau – the boy who turned Fiona down, who loved someone else, who might be happy Trixie is gone.
The closer Fiona gets to finding out what happened and the closer she gets to Jasper and Beau, the more she realizes that the girl she knew better than anyone may have been a carefully constructed lie – and she might have been waiting to disappear the entire time.
An Imprint Book from MacMillian.
“I can’t lie: Last Girl Lied To is my favorite thriller of 2019. Flynn’s perfectly paced story about a girl who can't trust anyone integrates important subjects, like body image, addiction, and romantic obsession, imaginatively and masterfully. Twisted and delicious.” – Kim Savage, author of In Her Skin
“A twisty, piercing thriller with an end you won't see coming.” – Mindy McGinnis, author of Female of the Species

See Brian Henry’s schedule hereincluding Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Starting this week & next: Introductory Creative Writing classes starting soon, offered Thursday afternoons in Burlington & Friday afternoons in Toronto

Welcome to Creative Writing
Nine weeks of discovering your creative side
Offered in two locations:
Thursday afternoons,12:45 – 2:45
April 18 – June 20 (No class May 30)
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church, 5324 Bromley Road,  Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
And
Friday afternoons, 1:15 – 3:15
April 26 – June 28 (No class May 31)
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave,  Toronto, Ontario (Map here.)

This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment  – or perhaps get back into writing, no matter how long you've been away from it. 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:  $176.11 plus 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. But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published. 
Read reviews of Brian's weekly courses, weekend retreats, and Saturday workshops here (and scroll down).

See Brian’s complete current schedule here including Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Dundurn Press seeks fiction for adults, young adults & middle grade, and nonfiction

The Snake Mistake Mystery
by Sylvia McNicoll, published by Dundurn
Dundurn Press
500 – 3 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario

Dundurn Press was founded in 1972 by Kirk Howard, who named the company after Hamilton’s historic Dundurn Castle, located near where he’d grown up. At first a small publisher of Canadian nonfiction with only five employees, the company expanded over time, acquiring Hounslow Press, Simon & Pierre, Boardwalk Books, Natural Heritage Books, XYZ Publishing, Napoleon and Company, Blue Butterfly Books, and Thomas Allen Publishers.
With more than 2,500 books in print and 1,800 ebooks available, Dundurn continues to release more than one hundred books per year. Its publishing program includes award-winning adult and YA fiction, mysteries, biographies, as well as business, history, and current affairs titles.

Dundurn is currently accepting submissions for the following fiction categories:
·         Literary Fiction
·         Mystery/Thriller
·         Middle Grade
·         Young Adult

Dundurn is currently accepting submissions for adult nonfiction in the areas of:
·         Canadian History, Politics, Current Affairs
·         Memoir, Biography, Autobiography
·         Business and Economics
·         Health and Well Being
·         Canadiana and Local Interest
·         True Crime
·         Paranormal
·         Family and Relationships
·         Transportation and Travel
·         Sports and Recreation
·         Arts and Culture

Query Dundurn at: submissions@dundurn.com
Include three sample chapters, a one-page synopsis, and for nonfiction, a chapter-by-chapter outline.
Full submission guidelines here.

101 Math Jokes by Erin O'Connor,
who's also a senior editor at Scholastic
In early May, don't miss Writing for Children and for Young Adults. This workshop will feature Erin O'Connor, senior editor, Scholastic Books as a guest speaker and is being offered in two locales. On Saturday, May 5, in Toronto, the workshop will also feature young adult author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (see here), and on Saturday, May 11, in Brampton the workshop will feature young adult author Tanaz Bhathena (see here).

If you’re interested in getting published, soon or somewhere down the road, don’t miss the How to Get Published workshop, Saturday, June 8, in Waterloo with literary agent Meg Wheeler (see here). 
For updated listings of How to Get Published workshops see here (and scroll down). 

And don’t miss these other great workshops coming soon:  Plotting Novels and Writing Short Stories, Saturday, May 25, in Niagara on the Lake (see here), and How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, June 22, in Oakville (see here).  

But the best way to grow as a writer may be with a weekly course. 
Three classes starting in April still have space:
Burlington: Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, April 18 – June 20. Details here.
Toronto: Welcome to Creative Writing, Friday afternoons, April 26 – June 28. Details here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 16 – June 25. Details here.

And come the summermore courses are starting:
Oakville Woodside Library: Exploring Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, July 2 – Aug 13. See here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, July 3 – Aug 21, 1st readings emailed June 26. See here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings July 3 – Aug 21.  1st readings emailed June 26. See here.

Tree at the Briars
In the fall, join us at the ... 
November at the Briars Writing Retreat.
Friday, November 1 – Monday, November 4; four days of creativity in a setting that provides the warmth of a country estate steeped in history while providing all the benefits of an extensive, modern lakeside resort. Details here.
To reserve a spot in any upcoming weekly course, weekend retreat, or Saturday workshop, email Brian at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses, retreats, and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, 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. 
For a listing of twenty-one American & Canadian publishers accepting unagented manuscripts for children and young adults {and other things} see here.
For a listing of one Canadian and eight British publishers  and book publishers, accepting unagented manuscripts for children and young adults {and other things} sehere.
For most recent postings of publishers of Kid Lit {and other sorts of books}, see here {and scroll down}.
For all posting of book publishers, see here {and scroll down}.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Introductory & Intensive creative writing classes this summer


Exploring Creative Writing
Tuesday afternoons, 1 – 3 p.m.
July 2 – Aug 13, 2019
Woodside Library, 1274 Rebecca St, Oakville, Ontario (Map here.)
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. We’ll explore writing short stories and writing true stories, writing in first person and in third person, writing technique and getting creative, getting down your very best writing and just for fun writing.
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

Intensive Creative Writing
Offered at two times:

Wednesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45
 July 3 – August 21, 2019
1st readings emailed June 26. Details to come.
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church
5324 Bromley Rd, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
And
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
 July 3 – August 21, 2019
1st readings emailed June 26.
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church, 5324 Bromley Rd, 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 eight weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in three 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 hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.