Monday, June 29, 2015

Literary agent Saba Sulaiman of Talcott Notch seeks fiction for adults, new adults, young adults and middle grade, plus humorous nonfiction

Talcott Notch Literary Services
2 Broad Street
Second Floor, Suites 1, 2 & 10
Milford, CT 06460

http://www.talcottnotch.net/

Saba Sulaiman has joined Talcott Notch Literary as a junior agent, and like all new agents, she needs authors.

Saba majored in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies at Wellesley College, then  studied modern Persian Literature at the University of Chicago, where she got involved with editing our department’s academic journal.

“And it finally hit me,” says Saba, “working closely with writers to hone their craft; seeing a piece of writing from its inception through to its eventual publication; and advocating for what I believed was stellar prose worthy of recognition—this was my calling. So I interned at various newspaper and magazine publications, worked as an editorial intern at Sourcebooks, and then wound up at Talcott Notch.”

You can follow Saba on Twitter at @agentsaba.

Saba is currently open to the following genres:
Adult: up-market literary and commercial fiction, romance (all subgenres except paranormal), character-driven psychological thrillers, cozy mysteries, and memoir.
Young Adult and New Adult: all subgenres except paranormal and sci-fi.
Middle Grade: think Roald Dahl.
Non-fiction: humor.

“I’m looking for strong voices and unconventional narratives that really make me sit up, pay attention, and move me,” says Sabe. “Introduce me to unforgettable characters with complex, deep relationships, and show me worlds where things aren’t necessarily as they seem. Intelligent, sharp writing with soul is my biggest weakness, and if you can offer a fresh perspective on top of that, I’ll probably be sold.

“Also – and this deserves its own paragraph – I’m all about diversity, in all its various forms. Bonus points if your book contains multicultural perspectives, and themes of immigration, displacement, and cultural adjustment.”

You may include the first ten pages of your manuscript.

Rachel Letofsky
Brian Henry will lead a "How to Get Published" workshops  in Moncton on Saturday, Oct 3 (details to come), and in Hamilton on Saturday, Oct 17, with Rachel Letofsky of the Cooke Agency (here). 
For more information or to register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Other upcoming workshops, include "How to Write Great Characters," Saturday, July 11 in Burlington (here) and Saturday, July 18 in Kitchener (here), and "Writing Your Life," Saturday, August 15 in Midland (here).

But the best way to grow as a writer or to get your manuscript ready for publication is with a weekly class. This summer, Brian will lead a "Welcome to Creative Writing" course on Thursday evenings, starting July 2, in Burlington (see here).

This fall, Brian will offer a full line-up of six weekly courses for beginners through advanced:
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, Sept 24 - Nov 26, in Mississauga.
“Writing Personal stories,” Thurs mornings, Oct 8 - Nov 26, in Oakville.
“The Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, Sept 30 - Dec 2, in Burlington (see here).
“The Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, Sept 24 - Dec 3, in Georgetown (here).
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, Sept 15 - Dec 8, in Burlington (here).
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, Sept 16 - Dec 16, in Burlington  (here).
For details or to reserve a spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca


Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian's full schedule 
here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Next Step in Creative Writing class, Sept 24 – Dec 3, in Georgetown

The Next Step in Creative Writing
10 weeks of creative growth
Fall session
Thursday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Sept 24 – Dec 3, 2015
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown, Ontario (In the village of Glen Williams (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 supportive group and a rewarding class.

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.

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 by September 9. In any case, these courses fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment. ~ Brian

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Nineteen Canadian journals that publish essays (some of them even pay)

Where do you publish an essay? someone asked me. Well in Canada, here are 19 journals that accept essays, as well as other things….

1.       Arc poetry magazine (ON), Poetry, reviews and essays on poetry

2.      Ascent Aspirations Magazine. Short fiction, poetry, essays and art.

3.      Contemporary Verse 2 (MB). Poetry, interviews, articles, essays, reviews and artwork

4.      Descant (ON). Poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, plays, essays, and interviews.

5.      Existere : Journal of Arts and Literature (ON). Poetry, short fiction, non-fiction (articles, criticism, essays, reviews), and visual art.

6.      Fiddlehead (NB). Short stories, poems, book reviews, and personal essays.

7.      filling station (AB). Poetry, fiction, one-act plays, and essays.

8.      Forget Magazine. Poetry, fiction, and essays.

9.      The Globe & Mail (ON). Facts & Arguments essays and Lives Lived essays

10.   Guts Magazine ( literary essays and reviews, long-form journalism, interviews, fiction, and new media that further feminist correspondence, criticism, and community in Canada. Guts blog: Interviews, Personal Essays/Literary Reviews/Fiction, Politics, Pop Culture and Media Reviews, Series of essays or whatever. Submission guidelines here.

11.    Malahat Review (BC) Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction. Pays $40 per page for personal essays or memoirs of 1,000 to 3,500 words.

12.   Maisonneuve (QC). Poetry and short & long fiction, politics, essays, and humour.

13.   paperplates (ON) Essays, memoirs, travel accounts, short stories, plays, poems, interviews, and reviews.

14.   Prairie Fire (MB). Poems, stories, personal essays, and interviews.

15.   RicePaper Online (BC). Poetry, short fiction, reviews, essays, interviews, and more.

16.   Running, Canadian runners’ magazine (On) Personal Essays: The back page of the magazine features a first-person essay delving into a runner’s humorous or life-altering experiences in the sport. These are 500-650 words (and other kinds of pieces about running, of course). Submission guidelines here.

17.   stonestone (BC). Poetry, poetic prose, experimental essay, and experimental prose.

18.   Toward the Light: Journal of Reflective Word & Image (AB). Poetry, essay, story and photography.

19.   Vallum: contemporary poetry (QC). Poetry, reviews, essays and interviews.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Weekly classes this fall in Burlington: The Next Step in Creative Writing and two offerings of Intensive Creative Writing

The Next Step in Creative Writing
10 weeks of creative growth
Fall session
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Sept 30 – Dec 2,
2015
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
Note: The Next Step in Creative Writing will also be offered on Thursday evenings in Georgetown. For details or to register, email me at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
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 supportive group and a rewarding class.
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 by September 9. In any case, these courses fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment. ~ Brian

Intensive Creative Writing
12 weeks towards mastering your craft
Offered in two time slots this fall:
Tuesday afternoons, 12:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Sept 15 – Dec 8, 2015
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
Or
Wednesday afternoons, 12:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Sept 16 – Dec 9
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.
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.
Check out a review of the Intensive course here. More reviews here.
Fee: 193.81 + 13% hst = 219
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 this writing three weeks before our start date, so please try to sign up by August 25. In any case, these courses fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment. ~ Brian

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 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 Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Jennifer Chen Tran joins Fuse Literary Agency; seeks new authors of fiction and nonfiction

Jennifer Chen Tran is a new Associate Agent at Fuse Literary (formerly known as Foreword Literary), and like all new agents, Jennifer needs authors. She is acquiring both fiction and non-fiction.

Jennifer is a lifelong reader, New York native, and experienced member of the publishing industry. Prior to joining Fuse Literary, Jennifer was principal and owner of Penumbra Literary LLC, and served as Of Counsel at The New Press. She has also interned at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth literary agency, was an editorial and publicity intern at Hunger House Publishers (since acquired by Turner Publishing), and editorial intern at Terrain Magazine.

For fiction, Jennifer is seeking literary fiction, commercial fiction, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, contemporary romance, mature Young Adult, New Adult, suspense/ thriller and select graphic novels (both adult, YA or MG). 

broken homes & gardens, a novel
by Rebecca Kelley, one of Jennifer's clients
She is particularly interested in voices from underrepresented and marginalized communities, strong and conflicted female characters, war and post-war fiction, and writers who are adept at creating a developed sense of place. She admires writers who have an ear for dialogue and who are not afraid to take emotional risks. Currently Jennifer does not acquire science fiction or fantasy.

For nonfiction, Jennifer acquires memoir, narrative non-fiction in the areas of adventure, biography, business, current affairs, medical, history, how-to, pop-culture, psychology, social entrepreneurism, social justice, travel, and lifestyle books (home, design, fashion, food). She believes in creating books that will have a positive impact on the world, and that inform and entertain.

Some of Jennifer’s favorite reads include: The Unwanted by Kien Nguyen, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, and Word Freak by Stefan Fastis.

Check out Jennifer’s website here.  See her submission guidelines here.

Query Jennifer at: queryjennifer@fuseliterary.com  
For fiction, send the first twenty pages (copy and pasted into e-mail, no attachments). For nonfiction, submit your full proposal.

Rachel Letofsky
Brian Henry will lead a "How to Get Published" workshops  in in Moncton on Saturday, Oct 3 (details to come), and in Hamilton on Saturday, Oct 17, with Rachel Letofsky of the Cooke Agency (here). 
For more information or to register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Other upcoming workshops, include "How to Write Great Characters," Saturday, July 11 in Burlington (here) and Saturday, July 18 in Kitchener (here), and "Writing Your Life," Saturday, August 15 in Midland (here).

But the best way to grow as a writers or to get your manuscript ready for publication is with a weekly class. This summer, Brian will lead a "Welcome to Creative Writing" course on Thursday evenings, starting July 2, in Burlington (see here) and "Intensive Creative Writing" on Tuesday afternoons, starting June 30, also in Burlington (see here).

Then in the fall, Brian will offer a full line-up of six weekly courses for beginners through advanced:
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, Sept 24 - Nov 26, in Mississauga.
“Writing Personal stories,” Thurs mornings, Oct 8 - Nov 26, in Oakville.
“The Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, Sept 30 - Dec 2, in Burlington.
“The Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, Sept 24 - Dec 3, in Georgetown
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, Sept 15 - Dec 8, in Burlington.
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, Sept 16 - Dec 16, in Burlington.
For details or to reserve a spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian's full schedule 
here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.