Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Three workshops with literary agents as guest speakers coming soon: How to Get Published, in Kitchener & Brampton, and Writing for Children & for Young Adults in Burlington

How to Get Published
An editor & an agent tell all
Offered in two locales:
Saturday, February 20, 2016
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Forest Heights Public Library, 251 Fischer-Hallman Road,
 Kitchener (Map here)
And
Saturday, February 27, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cyril Clark Branch, Brampton Library, 
20 Loafer’s Lake Lane, Brampton, 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, three copies could be helpful.

On February 20 in Kitchener, our guest speaker will be Olga Filina. Olga is an associate literary agent with The Rights Factory, a boutique literary agency that deals in intellectual property rights for entertainment products, including books, comics & graphic novels, film, television, and video games. TRF works directly with publishers, producers, studios, game developers and other rights-buyers in all territories, occasionally in conjunction with local representatives. 
The Rights Factory has an esteemed roster of both fiction and non-fiction writers including Jennifer Close, debut author of the must-read short story collection, Girls In White Dresses; Margot Berwin, author of Hot House Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire (optioned by Julia Roberts in conjunction with Columbia Pictures for film rights), and the forthcoming paranormal romance, Aromata.
Before joining TRF, Olga spent over a decade as a sales manager and book buyer for both national and book store chains and two years as a literary assistant at The Cooke Agency. While Olga will read anything that may set her book clubs on fire, she gravitates towards commercial and historical fiction, great genre fiction in the area of romance and mystery, nonfiction in the field of business, wellness, lifestyle and memoir and young adult and middle grade novels with memorable characters. In her spare time, Olga sits on library boards, organizes literary festivals and runs more book clubs than she can count. For more on The Rights Factory, see here.
Fee: 40.71+ 13% hst = 46 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

On February 27 in Brampton, our guest speaker will be Martha Magor Webb, a literary agent, director and full partner at the McDermid Agency, which represents literary novelists and commercial novelists of high quality and writers of nonfiction in the areas of memoir, biography, history, literary travel, popular science, investigative journalism and true crime. 
The agency also represents a certain number of children's and YA writers and writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.
Martha represents a growing list of writers, focusing on literary fiction, narrative nonfiction (including memoir and true crime) and ideas-driven nonfiction.
Her clients include Michael Crummey (multiple award-winning author of Sweetland), Alison Pick (long-listed for the Booker Prize), Robyn Doolittle (Bestselling author of Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story) Pasha Malla (long-listed for the Giller, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, winner of the Danuta Gleed and the Trillium awards), Damian Tarnopolsky (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Amazon.ca award), Russell Smith, Jessica Grant, (winner of the Amazon.ca First Novel and the Winterset awards), Grace O'Connell, Matt Lennox, Andrew Westoll, and Karen Le Billon, whose first book French Kids Eat Everything sold into thirteen countries and translated into ten languages.
For more about the McDermid Agency, see here.
Fee: 40.71+ 13% hst = 46 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 if you wait to pay at the doorTo reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

The Awakening 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
With guest speakers Monica Pacheco, literary agent at the McDermid Agency and Jennifer Mook-Sang, author of Speechless
Saturday, March 5, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Burlington Central Library, Centennial Room, 2331 New Street, Burlington, Ontario (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.
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!
Guest speaker Monica Pacheco is a literary agent with The McDermid Agency. The McDermid Agency represnts literary novelists and commercial novelists of high quality and writers of non-fiction in the areas of memoir, biography, history, literary travel, narrative science, investigative journalism and true crime. 
The agency also represents a certain number of children's and YA writers and also writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.
The McDermid Agency's clients include distinguished literary authors such as Michael Crummey, Greg Hollingshead, Andrew Pyper, Nino Ricci, David Adams Richards and Michael Winter. The agency also represents writers of narrative non-fiction, such as Charles Montgomery and James MacKinnon, both of whom won the Charles Taylor prize for literary non-fiction in their years of publication.
Monica Pacheco
 represents a growing list of writers. Her clients include: Actres/writer/director Sarah Polley, Yves Meynard, Madeline Ashby, Marty Chan, Irina Kovalyova, Sarah Henstra, Eli K. P. William,TV food stylist Janice Poon and Bram Stoker Award-winning horror writer David Nickle.
Monica is actively seeking clients in the areas of literary and commercial fiction, Young Adult, Middle Grade, high concept picture books, fantasy and science fiction.
For more about the McDermid Agency, see here.

We will also have author Jennifer Mook-Sang as a guest speaker. Jennifer lives and writes in Burlington. She’s as amazed as anyone to find she’s a published author. Her humorous middle grade novel Speechless was started in one of Brian Henry’s classes and was released by Scholastic in September. 
Speechless is already a hit. The CBC has named it one of the 75 best books published in 2015 (see here), and it’s a finalist for the  Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award. 
Jennifer was also a finalist in the Writing for Children Competition 2014 sponsored by CANSCAIP and The Writer’s Union of Canada. Jennifer will speak about how she got her first book published. 
In the meanwhile, Speechless is available online here and be sure to check out Jennifer’s website here.
Fee: 40.71+ 13% hst = 46 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 43.36 + 13% hst = 
49 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Note: “Writing for Children and for Young Adults” is also being offered Saturday, April 2, in Barrie, with literary agent Rachel Letofsky (see here), on Saturday, April 30, in Guelph, with Yasemin Uçar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and authors Jennifer Mook-Sang and Kira Vermond (see here), and Sunday, May 29, in Ottawa with acclaimed author Alan Cumyn (see here).

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, and he 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. 

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. Also, if you’re not yet on my newsletter, send me an email, including your locale, to: brianhenry@sympatico.ca ~ Brian

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops 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.

Monday, February 8, 2016

New literary agent at Red Fox Literary (gotta love that name!) seeks board books, picture books, MG and YA

Red Fox Literary
129 Morro Avenue
Shell Beach, CA 93449

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. Also, if you’re not yet on my newsletter, send me an email, including your locale, to: brianhenry@sympatico.ca ~ Brian

Red Fox Literary is an impressive little agency specializing in picture books, middle grade and young adult novels. 

Stephanie Fretwell-Hill has recently joined Red Fox Literary, and like all new agents, she needs authors. 

Stephanie started her publishing career in 2004 at Walker Books Ltd. in London, where she sold foreign language rights. Working in a design-led company with legendary artists such as Helen Oxenbury and Lucy Cousins sparked her love of illustration, while her sales role gave her an international perspective on children’s publishing.

In 2011, Stephanie moved back home to the United States, where she joined Peachtree Publishers as an editor. During her four years there, she acquired fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles.

Stephanie lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her English husband, brand new baby girl, and a border collie named Rooney. When her nose isn’t in a book, she can often be found changing diapers, renovating a house, traveling someplace new, or cooking dinner.

Stephanie represents both authors and illustrators of board books, picture books, middle grade, and young adult. She will consider stories in any genre, but looks for a strong voice, rich and multi-layered plots, and stylish, classic, or quirky illustrations. Most of all, she loves anything that really makes her laugh.

Deadline: Stephanie will be accepting unsolicited manuscripts until July 25, 2016.

Query Stephanie at: querystephanie@redfoxliterary.com  
Send the complete text of a picture book, the first three chapters of a novel, or illustration samples. Text should be embedded within the body of the email. Illustration samples may be sent as attachments. Full submission guidelines here.

Monica Pacheco
Brian Henry will lead How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Feb 20, In Kitchener with literary agent Olga Filina of The Rights Factory (see here) and on Saturday, Feb 27, in Brampton with Martha Webb of the McDermid Agency (see here).

Also, Brian will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, March 5, in Burlington, with literary agent Monica Pacheco and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), on Saturday, Apr 2, in Barrie, with literary agent Rachel Letofsky (see here), on Saturday, April 30, in Guelph, with Yasemin Uçar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and authors Jennifer Mook-Sang and Kira Vermond (see here), and Sunday, May 29, in Ottawa with acclaimed author Alan Cumyn (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include  Writing With Style, Saturday, March 12, in Oakville (see here), and Writing Your Life, Saturday, March 16, in Caledon (see here) and Saturday, April 16 in London (see here).

For more information or to register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

But the best way to grow as a writer or to get your manuscript ready for publication may be with a weekly class. This spring, Brian will be offering a full range of courses from beginners to more experienced. See details of all six classes starting this spring here.
Spring is coming
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, April 19 – June 21, in Burlington (see here)
“Writing Personal Stories,” Wednesday mornings, April 27 – June 15, in Mississauga
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, April 13  June 15, in Burlington (see here)
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, April 21  June 23, in Oakville (see here)
“Intermediate Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, April 14  June 23, in Georgetown (see here)
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, March 30  June 15, in Burlington

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
To register or for more information for any class or workshop, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops 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.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Love Letters ~ Where your fellow writers are getting published, plus

Hi, Brian.
Yay, Tanaz!
I am happy to announce that my young adult novel, Qala Academy will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers in the fall of 2017.
I hope you are doing well!
Regards,
Tanaz
P.S. I need to thank you again for your excellent advice on my other novel in your Childrens' and YA fiction workshop. I've decided to put that novel aside for a while and work on something else in the time being.
Note: I'll be leading Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, March 5, in Burlington, with literary agent Monica Pacheco and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), on Saturday, April 2, in Barrie, with literary agent Rachel Letofsky (see here), on Saturday, April 30, in Guelph, with Yasemin Uçar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and authors Jennifer Mook-Sang and Kira Vermond (see here), and Sunday, May 29, in Ottawa with acclaimed author Alan Cumyn (see here). ~Brian
 
Hi,
Just heard that a story I wrote last year about how Canada got the beaver as our national symbol has tied for third place in, of all places, Australia!
Here’s part of what they wrote:
Your story, “Beaver Resplendent” entered in the Story Quest Short Story Contest #7 has been awarded Third Place - congratulations! In an unprecedented step this year, we have decided to award 3rd place to two stories – one being yours. This means we have 4 award places for 2015.
I was very fond of this little beaver tale (groans permitted here) but it got no traction whatsoever with Canadian publications. I’m thrilled it has found a happy home at last.
Sally B
Note: You can read Sally's story here. And check out Story Quest magazine here.

Brian,
Yay! My short story, “Cccoon,” is out today on CommuterLit. It's flash fiction and just had to be under the 500-word count to qualify. If you're in need of a quick read, check it out here.
Cheers,
Connie
For information about submitting to CommuterLit, see here. 
 
Hi, Brian.
Chicken Soup for the Soul was looking for cat stories and I submitted one I read at CJ's "Brushing my cat's teeth." Bottom line, my guy was adopted from the Toronto Humane Society, the most unfriendly cat you could imagine and an escape artist to boot. Extra life insurance would be a requirement before I even dared approach him with a toothbrush! 
The book title is My Very Good, Very Bad Cat, and it will be out on Feb 9th, 2016 in Chapters .
Many thanks for your encouragement and critiques over the last few years on my other writing endeavors during your classes.  Working on a rewrite of my first novel and trying to figure out the ending of my second. 
Cheers,
Connie Cook
My Very Good, Very Bad Cat is available in Chapters / Indigo as of Feb 9 or online here.
 
Writer to Writer
Good day,
I am seeking serious writers of fiction who actually write daily (more or less) and would like to socialize monthly, strictly to help one another get better at our craft. I live in Hamilton, and I find it hard to meet writers here who are serious about character building, character arcs, story etc. Most seem to be more interested in socializing. It would be great to co-write as well; that would be a great exercise with potentially amazing growth outcomes.
If you’re serious about writing and interested in getting together, please email me.
John
johnathangarfield@hotmail.com

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops 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.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Starting this spring: Creative Writing Courses from beginners to advanced

Exploring Creative Writing
10 weeks discovering your creative side
Tuesday afternoons, April 19 – June 21, 2016
12:45 - 2:45
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario. (Map here.)
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. We’ll explore writing fictional stories and writing true stories, writing technique and creativity technique, 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.
Read two reviews of Brian's introductory creative writing course here, and see other reviews here.
Fee: 167.26 + hst = 189
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Writing Personal Stories
8 weeks of sharing and writing
Wednesday mornings, April 27 – June 15
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Unity Church, Unit 8, 3075 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, 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.
Read reviews of the Writing Personal Stories course here, and see other reviews here.
Fee: 140.71 plus 13% hst = 159
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

The Next Step in Creative Writing
10 weeks of creative growth
Offered in two locales:
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
April 13 – June 15
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario. (Map here.)
And
Thursday afternoons, April 21 – June 23
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Drive, 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. In addition to learning how to critique your own writing and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that your greatest growth as a writer comes from critiquing other people’s work and form 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.
Check out two reviews of the Next Step course hereAnd see more reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
Fee: 176.11 + 13% hst = 199.  
To reserve your spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Note: I start working out the schedule for when participants are due to bring in a piece of their writing three weeks before our start date, so please try to sign up well by March 13. In any case, these courses fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment.

Intermediate Creative Writing
11 weeks of creative growth
Thursday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
April 14 – June 23
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown, Ontario (in the village of Glen Williams (Map here.)
This course 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. In addition to learning how to critique your own writing 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.
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
Fee: $184.96 plus hst = 209.  
To reserve your spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Note: I start working out the schedule for when participants are due to bring in a piece of their writing three weeks before our start date, so please try to sign up well by March 24. In any case, these courses fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment.

Intensive Creative Writing
12 weeks towards mastering your craft
Wednesday afternoons, 12:15 – 2:45 p.m.
March 30 – June 15
First class emailing goes out March 23
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
This Intensive course 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 twelve weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in six 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.  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.
Check out a review of the Intensive course here. More reviews here.
Fee: 187.61 + 13% hst = 212
To reserve your spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
This course will fill up; enroll early to avoid disappointment.

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 published. 

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. Also, if you’re not yet on my newsletter, send me an email, including your locale, to: brianhenry@sympatico.ca ~ Brian


See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops 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.