Sunday, July 15, 2018

New Book: The Pied Pipers of Pot by Pamela McColl


Hi, Brian.
Just wanted to let you know about my new book.
Thanks,
Pamela

The Pied Pipers of Pot – Protecting Youth from The Marijuana Industry by Pamela McColl
The historical record and the worldwide fluctuation in marijuana use rates by minors clearly establishes that kids do not just fall into drug use as an inevitable rite of passage. Kids are sold on drug use.
The Pied Pipers of Pot, Protecting Youth from the Marijuana Industry by Pamela McColl, reveals how marijuana products have been pushed on the youth sector in recent years through a process of normalization and acceptance. Kids are no match for the aggressive and emerging marijuana industry. The key to effective drug prevention, McColl argues, is to curtail those who stand to make money or get votes by advancing the pro-pot position.
If Canadians knew the true state of affairs and what legitimate science now substantiates in terms of marijuana harms, Canadians would not buy these products and would be moved to great efforts to ensure that our children reject this drug outright. The Pied Pipers of Pot is a call to action. 
The Pied Pipers of Pot is available online from Chapters/Indigo here and is widely available through other major on-line book retailers, as well.

Hey, do you have a book you want to promote? I’m always glad to help by posting an announcement on Quick Brown Fox (though sometimes it may take a while). Just send me an email that I can post to: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian Henry’s schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, 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.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Three great workshops: How to Write Great Characters, How to Get Published with literary agent Paige Sisley, and Writing Conflict


How to Write Great Characters 
Saturday, July 21, 2018
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave, GuelphOntario (Map here.)
Whatever you're writing ~ fiction or nonfiction ~ readers will care about your story only if they care about your people. In this workshop, you'll learn techniques for creating fictional characters and depicting real people. You’ll learn how to breathe life into the page so that your characters start telling you how the story should go.
Fee: $37.17 + hst = $42 paid in advance or $39.82 + hst = $45 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline,
represented by CookeMcDermid
The Collingwood Public Library presents....
How to Get Published
An editor & a literary agent tell all
Saturday, August 18, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 4:00
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie St, Collingwood, Ontario (Map here)
Note: There will also be a "How to Get Published" workshop Saturday, Nov 17 in Mississauga. See 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, three copies could be helpful.
And be sure to bring your elevator pitch! 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, while literary agent Paige Sisley will be listening to your pitches. Agents come to these events wanting to hear what you’ve got and hoping to find authors they want to represent.
Guest speaker, Paige Sisley, is a literary agent with the CookeMcDermid agency, a new company formed through the amalgamation of The Cooke Agency and The McDermid Agency.
CookeMcDermid represents more than 300 writers, among them Man Booker nominees, Giller and Governor General’s award–winning authors, prize-winning journalists, New York Times bestsellers and some of the literary world’s most notable names, including: Jen Agg, Omar el Akkad, Deborah Campbell, Michael Crummey, Robyn Doolittle, John Irving, Rupi Kaur, Scaachi Koul, Karen Le Billon, Geddy Lee, Robert Munsch, Jordan B. Peterson, Alison Pick, Andrew Pyper, Bob Rae, Nino Ricci, David Adams Richards, Amy Stuart, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Jeff VanderMeer, Sarah Waters, and Jesse Wente.
Paige joined CookeMcDermid (then The Cooke Agency) in June 2013 following an internship. Paige has her Master of Arts from Ryerson University's Literatures of Modernity program and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of King's College and Dalhousie.
Paige is currently building her list of authors. When it comes to fiction she is looking for smart, well-written commercial novels that both entertain and have something to say (e.g. Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies and Eliza Kennedy’s I Take You). She’s seeking books that can compete with Netflix for people’s time, but that someone like Reese Witherspoon might in turn be interested in adapting for Netflix.
Paige also represents nonfiction books in the lifestyle and health and wellness space. She's attracted to books that enhance lives, either through a practical application or by shifting and expanding their reader’s worldview.
When Paige’s head isn’t in a book you can find her baking, at a concert, or simply watching the world go by in her busy downtown Toronto neighborhood. A born and bred Torontonian, Paige loves to travel and has also lived in LA, a sleepy New Zealand surf town, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. She's on Twitter here.
Fee: $43.36 + 13% hst = $49 paid in advance or $46.90 + 13% hst = $53 at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca


Writing Conflict: Fight scenes, Dialogue scenes & Love scenes
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10:15 – 2:30
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave, Toronto, Ontario (Map here)
This workshop is geared to both beginners and more experienced writers.  We look at the most important part of all stories whether fictional or true: the fully dramatized scene. You’ll learn how to write great dialogue and how to mix it with your narrative so that the interaction between your characters comes alive. 
We’ll especially look at how to create the most difficult scenes of all: the fight scene, the dialogue scene and the love scene. Best yet, you'll learn some of the successful tricks of the trade so that you'll never write a lifeless scene again.
Fee: 37.17 + hst = 42 paid in advance or 39.82 + hst = 45 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca



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 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 Brian's classes, workshops and writing retreats here (and scroll down).

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, 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.

Friday, July 13, 2018

“Writing Exercise” by Deb Stark


Once again, I read the writing prompt on the slip of paper:  The woman takes a ferret from a cage.

Damn, I’m getting nowhere with this assignment.  And time is passing by.  Ten minutes already gone. 

“Have fun,” our writing instructor said earlier as he welcomed us to the eight-week writing course. “This is about writing for yourself, not for marks.”

But I am not having fun. I’m feeling lost, thoughtless and very, very alone.  Around me, I hear pens scratching on paper. Heads are tipped forward, bodies tense as my classmates write, write, write. 

The skinny kid with the row of insects tattooed on his left arm puts down his pen and sits back in a self-satisfied way. The retired woman with the purple streaks in her hair is humming as she writes. Her hand moves slowly and steadily across the paper. Where are her words coming from? What creative source does everyone else have that I lack? I don’t know.

Another five minutes gone.  I stare at the kid’s bug tattoos as I resign myself to my fate. No story from me.  Not today.  Maybe never. 

But wait.  An idea.  A sentence.  I put pen to paper….

Jeff took the big black spider from the cage.  “Yep, he was expensive – a fortune – but he’s worth it,” he said.

The assembled professors – full professors, associates and assistants – watched in admiration as the eight-legged monster flown up from the Amazon explored the boardroom table. 

The door opened and Amanda rushed into the room.  She muttered her usual apology as she sat down and opened her laptop.  She was pretty sure she hadn’t missed anything; Jeff started every weekly meeting with a personal story.  She thought it was an obvious ploy to pretend he was still one of the team and not department head but she wasn’t buying it. Still, she was trying to be more respectful.  Promotion time was coming and she desperately wanted to remove the word “assistant” from her title.

As she settled in, Amanda realized Jeff wasn’t talking. Had she missed something? Following the gaze of her colleagues, Amanda looked at the centre of the table.  Her eyes landed on the hairy creature crawling slowly past the water glasses.  It was headed towards her.

Amanda grabbed a nearby issue of The Journal of Biodiversity and raised her arm.  The gasps coming from her colleagues gave her courage.  Rising cries were drowned out by the satisfying splat of paper squishing a foe.  “Got it,” she said, holding the smeared magazine up in triumph.  

She waited for the cheers.

Silence.

Slowly, Amanda looked around. Some of her colleagues were looking at her. Others were watching Jeff who was staring at her raised hand. He seemed very pale. Her arm fell as she finally she noticed the cage. She looked more closely at the black blotch.  And just like that, Amanda knew she would be an assistant professor forever.

Ting-a-ling.  Ting-a-ling. That’s the instructor ringing his bell just as I write “forever.”

“Time’s up,” he calls.  “Time to write dot, dot, dot.” 

I stare at my paper with relief. Maybe I belong in this class after all.


Deb Stark lives in Wellington County, Ontario, with her husband, two cats and too many raccoons. Her work has appeared in magazines, several anthologies including CommuterLit, From the Cottage Porch (Sunshine in a Jar Press), and You are Not Alone, 52 stories of hope (One Thousand Trees) and the Globe and Mail (Facts & Arguments).

See Brian Henry’s schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, 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.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

How to Write a Bestseller, with Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, Oct 27


The Burlington Public Library presents…
How to Write a Bestseller
 With book editor Brian Henry
  & New York Times #1 bestselling author 
   Kelley Armstrong 

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Burlington Central Library, Centennial Room, 2331 New Street, Burlington, Ontario (Map here)

This workshop will give you the inside scoop on what gives a novel best-selling potential. You’ll learn how to get readers emotionally involved in your story, how to raise tension, control your pacing and keep your readers turning the pages. But you won't just hear about some of the best secrets of the trade; you'll learn how to apply them to give your own writing a sharp new edge.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing teacher 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, Ontario, to Saint John, New Brunswick. He has helped many of his students get published, including guest speaker Kelley Armstrong...


Kelley Armstrong lives in Aylmer, south of London, Ontario, with her husband and three children. She used to program computers and attend Brian Henry workshops. Now she writes international bestsellers. Kelley has hit the New York Times bestseller list with both her supernatural thrillers for adults and her urban fantasy for teens. 
Kelley's principal publishers are Random House in Canada, St. Martins and HarperCollins in the U.S. and Doubleday and Little Brown in Britain. To date, she's published more than 32 books, most recently  This Fallen Prey, a thriller for adults, Rituals, a gothic novel for adults and Missinga fantasy novel for teens; and coming in May, Aftermath, a mystery-thriller for young adults.
Bitten, a TV series based on Kelley’s first 13 novels, has been broadcasting since January 2014.

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, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, 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.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Literary agents Lauren Scovel and Laura Gross seek new authors of fiction and nonfiction

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult,
represented by Laura Gross Agency

Laura Gross Literary Agency
P.O. Box 610326
Newton Highlands, MA z02461

Lauren Scovel has been promoted to junior agent at Laura Gross Literary Agency, and like all new agents, Lauren needs authors.
Lauren grew up outside of Seattle and graduated summa cum laude from Emerson College with a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing as well as Theatre Studies. She began he publishing career as an editorial intern at Aevitas Creative Management (formerly Zachary, Shuster Hamsworth). She’s also been a bookseller at Newtonville Books since 2016.
Lauren
Lauren is especially interested in fiction and nonfiction involving social justice, political issues, and other timely and underrepresented stories.
Query Lauren through Submittable here.
Include up to the first 6,000 words of your manuscript.


Laura Gross, the senior agent at this agency, is also taking on clients.
Laura
Laura grew up in London, where she worked for a literary agent and for three members of Parliament. After completing a degree in Comparative Literature at Brown University, she began her publishing career as an assistant at two leading New York literary agencies. She then became the youngest editor at one of New York’s oldest publishing houses.
She has been a literary agent for 30 years and represents a broad range of both fiction and nonfiction. She is particularly interested in history, politics, and current affairs and also loves beautifully written literary fiction and intelligent thrillers.
Query Laura through Submittable here.
Include up to the first 6,000 words of your manuscript.

Stephanie Sinclair
If you’re interested in getting published, soon or somewhere down the road, don’t miss upcoming How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Aug 18, in Collingwood with literary agent Paige Sisley (see here) and Saturday, Nov 17, in Mississauga with literary agent Stephanie Sinclair (see here). 
For updated listing of How to Get Published workshops, see here (and scroll down).

And don't miss:  You can write great dialogue, Saturday, July 14, in Caledon (see here), How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, Aug 18, in Guelph (see here), and Writing for Children & for Young Adults, with Yasemin Uçar, senior editor at Kids Can Press, children’s author Kira Vermond, and YA author Tanaz Bhathena, Saturday, Sept 22, in Oakville (see here), and Saturday, October 12, in Sudbury (see here).

Come September, Brian is leading a full roster of courses, Introductory to Intense (Details of all six courses here):
Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday, afternoons, Sept 27 - Nov 9, in Oakville. See here.
Writing Personal Stories, Thursday evenings, Oct 4 – Nov 29, in Burlington. Sees here.
Writing Kid Lit, Friday afternoons, Oct 5 – Nov 30, in Toronto. See here.
And Intensive Creative Writing, offered in three locales:
Tuesday afternoons, Sept 25 – Nov 27 (first readings emailed Sept 18), in Burlington. See here.
Wednesday evenings Sept 26 – Dec 5 (first readings emailed Sept 19), in Georgetown. See here.
Friday mornings Sept 28 – Nov 30 (first readings emailed Sept 21), in Toronto. See here.
See details of all six courses here.

To reserve a spot in any workshop, 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, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, 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.

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, July 10, 2018

Writing for Children and for Young Adults mini-conference, Saturday, September 22

The Summoning, a YA novel 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
A mini-conference featuring three guest speakers:
  Kids Can Press senior editor Yasemin Uçar 
   Children’s author Kira Vermond
   and Young Adult author Tanaz Bhathena
Saturday, September 22, 2018
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oakville Central Library, Auditorium
120 Navy Street Oakville, Ontario (Map here)

Note: This fall there will also be a Writing Kid Lit weekly class offered Friday afternoons in Toronto (see here), and a Writing Kid Lit Saturday workshop offered Oct 13 in Subury (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 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!

Note: Following the formal end of the workshop at about 3:45, Yasemin 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 Yasemin Uçar is a Senior Editor at Kids Can Press. Yasemin has been a children’s book editor for over two decades. She worked at Scholastic Canada before moving to London, UK, in 2001, where she worked as a Senior Editor at Piccadilly Press. In 2006, she moved back to Toronto and worked as a freelance editor for a number of years before joining Kids Can Press in 2012.
Yasemin has worked with many popular and award-winning authors and illustrators, including internationally bestselling author Louise Rennison, Ashley Spires, Chieri Uegaki and Caroline Adderson.

Kira Vermond, a Guelph-based freelance writer and children’s non-fiction author who has penned over 1,500 articles and columns for the Globe and Mail, The Nationl Post, Chatelaine, MoneySense, CBC, Owl, and others. Kira’s Why We Live Where We Livewon the prestigious 2015 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction.
Kira is also the author of Growing Up, Inside and Out and The Secret Life of Money: A kids’ guide to cash and Half-truths and Brazen Lies: An Honest Look at Lying. She’s currently working on two new books with Owlkids and Annick Press to be released next year. Kira will speak about writing nonfiction for kids.
Visit her website here.

Tanaz Bhathena was born in Mumbai and raised in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Toronto. She is the author of A Girl Like That (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018) and The Beauty of the Moment, (forthcoming with FSG and Penguin Canada, Feb 2019).
Tanaz is also the winner of the 2009 MARTY for Emerging Literary Arts, a semi-finalist for the 2013 Jeffrey Archer Short Story Challenge and the Readers’ Choice pick for the 2015 U of T Magazine Short Story Contest. Her short stories have appeared in various journals, including BlackbirdWitness and Room Magazine.
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

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See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, 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.