Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Different Drummer Books invites you to join them Saturday, May 2, for their Authors for Indies Day

Joyce Wayne, author of  The Cook's Temptation,
will be one of the guests at the
Different Drummer's celebration of
independent bookstores
A Different Drummer Books joins writers, publishers, fellow booksellers and readers across the country in a celebration of Canada's independent bookstores, the inaugural Authors for Indies Day.

We're hosting a festive event Saturday, May 2, starting at 4:30 p.m. here at the bookshop (
513 Locust Street, Burlington, Ontario ~ map here).
 We've invited many of the authors we greatly admire.

Confirmed to visit us are Melodie Campbell, Gillian Chan, Jen J. Danna, Jill Downie, Sylvia McNicoll, Janet Turpin Myers, John Lawrence Reynolds, Gisela Sherman, Joyce Wayne and Claudia White – and the roster is growing!

Come and celebrate Authors for Indies Day in the wonderful company of fine writers at your bookstore.  Thank you!


See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, 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, April 23, 2015

Love letters ~ Your fellow writers are getting published in Origami Journal, Near to the Knuckle, CommuterLIt, Canadian Immigrant....

Origami fox by Lexar from a design by Roman Diaz
Hi, Brian.
I am happy to finally write in with the news that a short story I created during one of your “Next Step in Creative Writing” classes has been published in the Spring edition of Origami Journal and will also be published this summer in Near to the Knuckle in the UK.
“Edge of Reason” was an exercise in trying to create a sympathetic antihero and was inspired by the sight of young cliff divers plunging into the Mediterranean surf of the Spanish Costa Tropical. 
Thank you once again for your guidance and words of wisdom.    
Karen MacDougall
Read Karen’s story in Origami Journal here.  For information about submitting to Origami Journal and Near to the Knuckle, see here.
Note: This summer, beginning at the end of June, I’ll be offering “Intensive Creative Writing” courses on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Burlington. In the fall, I’ll be offering Intensive courses on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and Next Step courses on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. For details or to reserve a spot, email me at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Hi, Brian.
I’ve got a story published on CommuterLit! You’ll have seen this story before in the Thursday evening Next Step class in Georgetown. But check out my edited and published version of “Silence” here.
Linda
For information on submitting to CommuterLit, see here.

Dear Brian,
I would like to share with you the amazing news that my personal short story titled "Our First White Winter" has just been published online in the Canadian Immigrant magazine. This was one of the stories I wrote as an assignment for your great Writing Personal Stories  course.
Thank you for your excellent guidance and great help to improve our writing creativity.
Have a wonderful and relaxing night,
Manuel Gomez 
Read Manuel’s story here. For information on submitting to Canadian Immigrant see here.
Note: The next session of Writing Personal Stories runs Tuesday afternoons beginning April 28 (see here). Then a new session will begin in the fall. Read reviews of my weekly courses here.

Hi, Brian.
I just wanted to thank you for the “Writing Great Characters” workshop on Saturday.  I have been stalled in my writing, and I realized at the workshop it was because I didn't have a clear picture of my character's personality and motives.  Your exercises and handouts have inspired me and I'm happy to say I spent the rest of the weekend writing.  Writer's block conquered (for now, ha)! 
Looking forward to all the upcoming workshops!
Marina Unger
Note: I’ll be leading “Writing Great Characters” workshops on Saturday, July 11, in Burlington (see here), and on Saturday, July 18, in Kitchener (see here).


See my full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, 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, April 21, 2015

Glimmer Train pays $700, Saving Bannister Poetry Contest, Near to the Knuckle, and Canadian Immigrant want submissions

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

Call for entries: Glimmer Train, one of North America’s premier short story journals, accepts entries year round. Pays $700. Stories should be a maximum or 12,000 words. No minimum word count, but they prefer pieces over 500 words. Maximum three stories per author per month.
Next deadline: May 31. Guidelines here.

The Saving Bannister 30th Annual Poetry Contest
 The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 30th Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology.
Deadline: May 31, 2015
Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem
Prize: 1st prize: $200; 2nd prize: $100; 3rd prize $50

Near to the Knuckle is a fiction site based in the UK. It publishes gritty short fiction across genres. No restrictions on length, but they favour short punchy fiction. They will consider serializations and strongly prefer previously unpublished work. No pay, just glory. Paste your story in plain text in the body of your email and send it to: close2thebone@hotmail.com
No attachments. Full submission guidelines here.

Canadian Immigrant magazine
Offices in Mississauga and Vancouver
If you are an immigrant in Canada, then Canadian Immigrant wants to hear from you. Canadian Immigrant’s aim is to “inform, educate, motivate and connect,” and they believe in learning from experience. If you have an interesting story to tell or want to write about issues and topics concerning immigrants, they invite you to contact them.
Each month, the Canadian Immigrant magazine and website include an immigrant “Success Story,” as well as other articles about immigrants in business, health, the arts and more.
They also publish first-person stories that give you a chance to write about your journey to Canada in your own words (600 words maximum). Want to sound off on immigration policy or news? Submit an editorial for the “Last Word” page (500 words maximum) or to the letters page.
If you have a story to share, email the editor, Margaret Jetelina, at editor@canadianimmigrant.ca
Freelance Contributions
If you’re a freelance writer interested in writing for Canadian Immigrant, send an email to: editor@canadianimmigrant.ca 
include:
§ A sample of your writing and a brief description of your writing experience
§ The reason you’re interested in writing for Canadian Immigrant
§ One detailed story idea or pitch
All queries will be considered in due course. Canadian Immigrant also accepts photography and illustration contributions. They will contact you to discuss details, including deadlines and fees, if they want to proceed with your pitch.
Full submission guidelines here.

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, 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, April 20, 2015

Literary agent Leila Campoli of Stonesong Literary seeks nonfiction

Stonesong Literary Agency
270 West 39th Street
#201
New York, NY 10018

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

Leila Campoli joined Stonesong as an agent in March 2015, and like all new agents, she needs authors. Before joining the agency world, she worked closely with authors as an editor at Palgrave Macmillan in business, economics, finance, international relations, and politics. 

She prides herself on putting the concerns of her authors and the quality of their books above all else. She is passionate about representing books that break our established understanding of the world.

Leila represents prescriptive and narrative nonfiction projects in business, finance, investing, science, pop culture, and current events. Her ideal author has a strong platform, groundbreaking ideas, and unique style. She’s particularly interested in books that offer a window into remarkable lives and little known operations. No fiction, poetry, or screenplays.

Some of her previous titles include: Mark D. White’s The Illusion of Wellbeing, Gudrun Johnsen’s Bringing Down the Banking Industry, Deborah Gregory’s Unmasking Financial Psychopaths, and Matt Ragas and Ron Culp’s Business Essentials for Strategic Communicators.

Brian Henry will lead "How to Get Published" workshops in Windsor (for my American readers, that's just across the river from Detroit), on Sunday, May 31, with Martha Magor Webb of the Anne McDermid Agency (see here) and in Mississauga on Saturday, June 20, again with Martha Magor Webb (here).

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

Other upcoming workshops, include “How to Build Your Story,”  Saturday, April 25, in Thessalon (here), Saturday, May 9 in London (here) and Saturday, May 30 in Guelph (here), and “Secrets of Writing a Page-turner,” Saturday, May 23, in Barrie (here) and Saturday, June 6, in Georgetown (here).

This summer, Brian will be leading two Intensive Creative Writing courses, one on Tuesday afternoons, the other on Thursdays, both in Burlington. He’ll also lead a “Welcome to Creative Writing” course on Thursday afternoons in Burlington (see here).

For more information 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 Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, 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.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

"Sewing Needle," "Is This What It Comes To?" and "An Invitation (aka Death by Chocolate)," three poems by Lori Edey

Sewing Needle
Sewing needle -
held firmly in the chubby fingers of the six year old.
“I’m sewing a button for my Brownie badge,” she explains,
eyes glistening with focus.
“Too tight,” Brown Owl says gently, “Try again.”
The fifth try is “just right”.  She wears her badge proudly.

Sewing needle -
held firmly in the expectant hand of the mother-to-be,
flannel nightshirt propped high on her belly,
boasting fishes of yellow and blue.
“Winter’s coming.” she explains, “My baby will be warm and cozy.”
She makes the hem’s last stitch and snips.

Sewing needle -
held firmly in the competent hands of the middle aged woman, surrounded by felt and material - scraps saved over time.
“Making Christmas stockings for new grandchildren,” she explains.
Everyone in Bridge Club’s had grandbabies for years.
Except her.  Until now.

Sewing needle -
held firmly in the arthritic fingers of the old woman.
She uses a threader now, sitting under a bright light
as she expertly pulls the thread through the hole – first try.
“Fifteen minutes at a time is all.” she explains. “Never sure whether my eyes or my fingers will go first.”

Is This What It Comes To?
They rock daily on the front porch
Companionably gossiping about the problems of the day
Offering unsolicited advice to the unhearing
Reminiscing about days gone by
Watching, watching….
Waiting for death
Or a visit from a loved one.


An Invitation:  (aka Death by Chocolate)
Come one, come all – I bid you, please come!
Come often, expectantly – I want to have fun!
My Eucharistic tub is prepared just for you
Frozen just right – solid through and through.

All who are nut lovers, choc’late, caramel, too.
And especially fruits, I’ve been frozen for you.
Dress me up?  Oh, you bet, I’ll surely be true.
Sprinkles, smarties, a cherry or two?

In the mood to be saucy?  Hot fudge melts me down!
Hold me in ceramic or plastic, I’ll never frown
In cones – plain or waffle, the choice is your guess
I love to be, preferably, with tongue … caressed.

Luscious lips do enhance my pleasure, my dear
Mutual delight unfolds as our dance steps are clear.
Lips to tongue, roof of mouth, cheeks and noses, too.
Oh, loved one, do come, I am waiting for you!

Lori Edey has worn a variety of hats:  cook, teacher, minister, counsellor/therapist among them.  The last several years, she’s been playing “dress up” with that of writer, trying not to take herself or her writing too seriously.  A convert to cats, she lives a “pussy-whipped” existence with her partner and beloved felines in Dundas, Ontario.

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, 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. 


Friday, April 17, 2015

Welcome to Creative Writing course, July 9 – Aug 13, in Burlington

Welcome to Creative Writing
8 weeks of exploring your creative side
Summer session

Thursday evenings, July 9 to Aug 13, 2015
– 9 p.m.
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 all kinds of creative writing. We’ll visit short story writing and children’s writing, writing in first person and in third person, and writing just for fun. 

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.

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing teacher for more than 25 years. He teaches at Ryerson University and has led writing workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he's helped many of his students get published.

Note:
 For a pair of reviews of the "Welcome to Creative Writing" course, see here.
See more reviews of Brian’s classes and workshops here.

Fee: 140.71 plus 13% hst = 159
Number of attendees strictly limited.

To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca


See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, 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, April 16, 2015

A new chapbook: Not like Fred and Ginger, Recovery Haibun by Elizabeth Crocket

A Daughter's Diary, Liz's first book
Hi, Brian.
I wrote a collection of seventeen haibun poems chronicling the cancer journey I had in a chapbook titled Not like Fred and Ginger and published by Red Moon Press. I am honoured and humbled to say that it is currently shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation Touchstone Book Award. (As you know, haibun is Japanese short form poetry that begins with prose and ends with haiku.) My hope is that it offers inspiration to anyone who needs it.
It is available on the Red Moon Press website here, or people can e-mail me directly at ecrocket@cogeco.ca
Although I have been published many times now, I will never forget that years ago you were the first person to ever ask me to publish my work.( Now, if I can just find a publisher for my picture books! (:)
 Thanks and all the best, Brian.
Elizabeth (Liz) Crocket
To read a couple of Liz's haibun, to learn more about the form and where to get hibun and haiku published, see here.

Not like Fred and Ginger, Recovery Haibun by Elizabeth Crocket
Elizabeth Crocket is a survivor, but that’s only part of the story she wants to share with you. These 17 haibun describe the human dimension of her conflict with cancer. It’s a paean to the will to survive, but also to the will to meet what life offers in human terms.
“The style in this collection is so matter of fact that you feel as if you are there, a member of the family, neighbor, or friend. There is something here that tells you that whatever happens to us it can’t disturb our inner peace, or destroy our essence, unless we let it. In this collection there is proof that at every turn in our lives there is indeed poetry, if we will just feel it and write it down.” ~ from the foreword by Mike Rehling.
Not Like Fred and Ginger is available from Red Moon Press here.

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, 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.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The James McIntyre free poetry contest wants your best ~ and your worst ~ poems

The James McIntyre poetry contest
This free contest is open to all ages from Junior Kindergarten to Adult. Maximum of three entries per person

Suggested Styles: Rhyming Verse, Free Verse, Limerick, Haiku, Acrostic, Diamnte, Epic, Refrain, and Other

Awards given (at judges' discretion) in all styles for different grade levels and for adults. In addition, the contest bestows five special awards this year:

- Chaucer Cheese Award, creatively penned to be the absolute worst cheese poem, in honour of the renownedly bad poet, James McIntyre
- Best poems commemorating the 100 anniversary of World War I.
- Best poems commemorating the 200 anniversary of the birth of Sir John A Macdonald
- Cheese Poet Laureate’s Award for the best dairy ode
- J.C. Herbert Award for the best long poem about   Ingersoll, past or present
- Bonnie Mott Award for best poems about famous local people

Deadline: All entries must be received by Wednesday, May 13, at 4 p.m. 
at the Town of Ingersoll Offices (upstairs). You can deliver them by hand or mail them to:

James McIntyre wasn't the only poet writing
cheese odes; the citizens of Cheshire, MA,
presented this ode to President Jefferson.
(Click to enlarge.)
James McIntyre Poetry Contest
Ingersoll Town Office
130 Oxford Street, 2nd floor
Ingersoll, ON  N5C 2V5

Or email your entry as an attachment to: poetry@Ingersoll.ca

Winning poems will be published in the Ingersoll Times newspaper.
Winning poets will be honoured at the James McIntyre Poetry Award Ceremony

Brian Henry will be the judge for the Kindergarten and for the Grades 1 through 12 divisions. Brian is a book editor, writer, creative writing instructor and the publisher of Quick Brown Fox, Canada's most popular blog for writers.

Stephanie Gunter will be the judge for the adult division. 

For more information, phone 519-485-0120. Full details and entry forms here.

Note: Zachariah Wells has an article in Arc Poetry Magazine on what makes James McIntyre’s “Ode to a Mammoth Cheese” truly and literally a bad poem here.  


See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, 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.