Saturday, September 23, 2017

New book: A Deadly Game by Gary Lepper

Brian,
With the baseball playoff season coming soon, this seems like a good time for an action-mystery based on fantasy baseball. Over 2.5 million people play and gamble on fantasy baseball; I’ll be pleased if merely half of those read my novel.
It’s available through Amazon, Create Space and Kindle. Thank you.
Gary Lepper

A Deadly Game
Professional baseball players in multiple cities have been injured inexplicably—and two have died. When former police detective David Kenmuir tries to learn why, he becomes trapped in a collision between the make-believe world of fantasy baseball leagues and the very real world of crime-for-hire. In order to escape from it, he must end it—and manage to stay alive in the midst of lethal conflicts between a mob boss and his maverick subordinate, and between himself and a nemesis from his past. It won’t be easy.

You can buy A Deadly Game on Amazon here. Check out an article about A Deadly Game in NY Sports Day here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Welcome to Creative Writing, Thurs afternoons, Sept 28 – Nov 30, in Burlington

Welcome to Creative Writing
Ten weeks of discovering your creative side
Thursday afternoons, 12:45 – 2:45
September 28 – November 30, 2017
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
See details of all seven weekly course offered this fall 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 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 helped many of his students get published.
Note: For eviews of Brian’s introductory creative writing classes, see here (and scroll down). See other reviews here.

Fee:  $167.26 plus 13% hst = 189
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca


See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Shana Tova ~ Happy New Year 5778



Shana Tova ~ Happy New Year to all my friends and family, Jewish and otherwise.

A Rosh Hashanah primer for those interested... 
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, falls on the first of Tishrei. On the Jewish calendar, the month starts with the first sliver of the moon showing, hence the crescent moon in the painting above.
We blow the shofar – a ram's horn – on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as a wake-up call: Time to get your act together, sweetie.
Also, we eat apples dipped in honey as a symbol of a sweet year to come, so there are a lot of apples in Rosh Hashanah symbolism.
And the year – 5778 – that's the traditional year count since creation. 
What's the shofar sound like? Check out this YouTube....



Hannah's new book, The Neighbors, will launch March 13; plus congratulations to Liz, Anne, and Jennifer on getting published!

Hi, Brian.
It’s official! I’ve got my cover for my second novel, The Neighbors, and I have a confirmed pub date: MIRA Books (a HarperCollins imprint) will bring it out in North America on March 13, 2018. The book can already be pre-ordered on all the usual sites, too. Can’t wait to share the ARC (advance reading copies) with you in a few months.
Thanks!
Hannah
Note: For a review of Hannah McKinnon’s first novel, Time After Time see here. 
Hannah has a third novel contracted for release in 2019. In the meanwhile, she’ll be one of the guest speakers, along with a literary agent and an editor from HarperCollins, at the How to Get Published mini-conference Nov 18 in Guelph (see here) and at the How to Build Your Story workshop Nov 25 in Burlington (see here).

The Yellow Mama, Alabama's electric chair
Hey, Brian.
I just wanted to let you know that a story I started in your workshop is now up on Yellow Mama under the title “Home on the Range” (See here.) 
I can't remember what the prompt was, but I'm sure the workshop was in Guelph with Kelley Armstrong. Thanks again for all your help, hope to see you at the next workshop!
Liz McAdams
For information about submitting to Yellow Mama, see here.
Our next workshop with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong will be Oct 21. See here. After Oct 21, 2017, for current workshops with Kelley, see here.

Hi, Brian.
I wanted to let you know that CommuterLit has published a piece I sent them a couple of months ago called “Meet the Teacher Night.” Needless to say, I’m very excited!
See you soon.
Anne Burlakoff
Read Anne’s story here.
For information on submitting to CommuterLit, see here.

Hi, Brian.
I've just had a story I wrote in your class accepted on The Feminine Collective. One of our exercises in your summer session was to write a story about "someone who didn't like you."
My story, "Mr. Hamilton" has been accepted for publication. I don’t yet know the publication date. Very exciting!
Looking forward to our next class.
best regards,
Jennifer Smith
For information about submitting to The Feminine Collective, see here.
For information about weekly classes this fall (2017), see here.  


Writer to Writer
Want to get together with some fellow writers? Do you have writer’s block perhaps? Do you have several writer’s blocks? Do you have enough writer’s blocks to build a Bridge to Terebithia and back again? If so, this is the group for you. Bring your story ideas, works in progress and works yet to be in progress to a weekly writer’s group in St. Catharines. (Time and date to be announced.)
Share ideas and find fresh motivation, inspiration for new projects. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is coming up in November and this is a great opportunity to get warmed up.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Feminine Collective wants your essays, poetry and fiction; plus 5½ paying markets, and QBF wants your pieces about reading and writing

Note: Don't ever miss a post on Quick Brown Fox. Fill in the "Follow Brian by Email" box to the right under my bio and get each post delivered to your Inbox. Also, you can hang out and chat with Quick Brown Foxes (and vixens) on Facebook here. Finally, if you’re not yet on my newsletter, send me an email, including your locale, to: brianhenry@sympatico.ca  ~Brian

The Feminine Collective welcomes articles, interviews, creative nonfiction (personal essays), poetry, flash fiction and short stories for our online magazine. Here’s what they have to say:
Feminine Collective Aesthetic: Raw and unfiltered is what we publish. We want you to write like you talk, Your submission should reach out and grab us by the throat. Language is important. Whether your work is dark or light, blunt or subtle, serious or humorous, it should be in the deep voice. Make us care. Make us feel. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Make us angry. Make us want to stand up and fight for you. Give us something to sink our teeth into.
Poetry: Please send up to 6 poems, and load them into our Submittable system as one entry. Poems submitted separately will be rejected unread. We should only see your name in our system once, one document with all poems, one submission, capisce? Thank you. Poems should be single-spaced and no longer than two pages each. We adore prose poems without complicated formatting as this complicates things for our volunteer editors. We love narrative poems. Edgy for the sake of being edgy is not our thing.
Flash Fiction: We accept flash fiction up to 1,000 words in length. Must have a beginning, middle and an end. The idea: Tell a rich, complex story is as little words as possible. Flash fiction can be on any subject but we prefer stories on women, families, and relationships. Keep in mind relationships is a broad category. We accept up to three flash pieces at one time. Please load them into our Submittable system as ONE ENTRY.
Short Stories: Submit one short story up to 5,000 words in length. No novel excerpts, please.
Creative Nonfiction: Submit one personal essay up to 5,000 words in length. Please read Feminine Collective Aesthetic before submitting. All work should be written in deep voice, first person.
Articles, Interviews, Op/Eds: Feminine Collective accepts articles, interviews, and opinion pieces. Articles and Interviews should be completed works. Articles should be well-researched, journalistic style. Op/Eds should be a strong opinion on a current topic. Articles, Interviews and Op/Eds should be 1,000 – 2,500 words. For Time Sensitive Op/Ed works please select appropriate category in our Submittable system.
Full submission guidelines here.

Alien Dimensions seeks speculative fiction of 3,500 – 5,000 words. “Set it in space, in the far future, and include some friendly non-humanoid aliens helping to solve a pseudo-scientific problem.” Pays $10. Theme “Random Aliens.”
Deadline: 10th of the month for consideration in next month’s issue. Full submission guidelines here.


Splickety Publishing Group has three quarterly flash fiction magazines, so it publishes one magazine or another each month. Here are its current calls for submissions;
Splickety Magazine is our premier flash fiction magazine. We strive to publish the finest quality flash fiction in multiple genres including (but not limited to) action/adventure, suspense, mystery, thriller, contemporary, women’s, young adult, and historical fiction.

Theme for December issue: Wreck the Halls. Sub-genres: – Holiday catastrophe, heart-warming humor, Christmas abroad, non-traditional family, slapstick, nostalgia. Christmas is full of things like family and ugly sweaters and snowballs – all of which make great ingredients for a comedy. Make us laugh while telling a story that captures all the essence of Christmas. From travel delays to the kids’ holiday programs to weird Uncle Johnny’s pants ripping, create a memory that makes us smile.

Pays 2 cents/word. Deadline: September 22, 2017. Guidelines here.

Havok is the premier publication for speculative flash fiction. We publish stories in the following genres (but this is not an exhaustive list): science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, cyberpunk, paranormal, supernatural, horror, techno-thriller, superhero, and more. 
Sub-genres – Space Opera, Far Future, Alien encounters, space travel, new solar systems
Build your own ships, solar systems, crews, and plot twists!
Theme for January issue: Deep Space Design. In this issue, we’re looking for well-developed sci-fi worlds. We still want compelling stories, of course, but we want to feel the texture of your world. The hot sand and the wretched hive of scum and villainy on Tatooine. The way the metal catwalk on Serenity echoes when someone drops a vital engine part. The many worlds and creatures the crew of the Enterprise encounter. Build a world and let us have a glimpse into it.
Pays 2 cents/word. Deadline October 27, 2017. Guidelines here.

Spark (formerly Splickety Love) is the premier publication for romance flash fiction. We publish stories in the following genres (but this is not an exhaustive list): romance, romantic suspense, historical romance, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, inspirational romance, women’s fiction, and more

Theme for February issue: Sadie Hawkins. Sub-genres – Topsy-turvy Proposal, Impatient Friend, Sparks between Strangers.

In this issue we want stories where the woman pursues the man. Strong, determined, know-what-they-want women who go after love. Whether it’s an unconventional proposal or someone who thinks they should be more than friends, let the lady take the leading role.
Pays 2 cents/word. Deadline November 24, 2017. Guidelines here.

For the October issue of their eZine, they’re looking for horror stories, prose and poetry celebrating classic monster stereotypes (except no zombies for this issue).
Deadline October 6, 2017. Guidelines here.
Call for submissions to an anthology: If it Bleeds, it Leads. Length: 2,500 - 5,000 words. They’re looking for stories that embody the spirit of the good ol’ newspaper headline. Pays $15 per piece. 
Deadline October 31, 2017. Submission guidelines here.

The Maple Tree Literary Supplement  provides a platform for dialogue or interviews on any topic between and amongst Canadian writers, while featuring their work and reporting on literary events, landmarks or festivals in Canada and around the world, with an emphasis on their Canadian composition. 
Usually pays $30, but currently they’re kind of broke. Deadline: October 31, 2017. Guidelines here.

Quick Brown Fox welcomes your  essays about reading and writing (see examples here and scroll down). QBF also welcomes reviews of books and movies or whatever else catches your eye. Details here. Read how to write a book review (or any kind of review) here.
See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Writing for Children & for Young Adults

The Awakening a YA novel 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
Saturday, November 11, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
London Public Library, Stevenson & Hunt Room B , 
251 Dundas St, London, 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 2 or 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!

Captain Monty Takes the Plunge,
by Jennifer Mook-Sang,
one of Brian's students
Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He teaches at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. 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. 

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 Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

New Star Books accepts unsolicited fiction and nonfiction

New Star Books has been around in one form or another since 1969. It welcomes unsolicited manuscripts in the following areas:
Social issues and politics.
The culture and history of British Columbia and the West.
Literary prose, both fiction and nonfiction.
New Star also publishes poetry, though they do not consider unsolicited poetry manuscripts.

New Star also publishes Transmontanus, a series of short illustrated books about some of the more unusual aspects of life in a corner of the world currently known as British Columbia.

Proposals for the New Star list and for the Transmontanus series should be sent directly to New Star's editorial offices in Vancouver, either by mail to:
Rolf Maurer
Publisher
New Star Books
107 – 3477 Commercial St.
Vancouver, BC V5N 4E8

Or submit electronically to: info@newstarbooks.com

What to send
Fiction: full manuscript with a query letter.
Nonfiction: full manuscript or full outline & sample chapters, with a query letter.
The information that other publishers are also considering the manuscript, if this is the case.
For electronic submissions, a word processor document (.odt, .doc, .docx, .pdf) with double-spaced, 12 pt type.
For hard copy submissions, unbound single-sided pages, a big enough self-addressed stamped envelope for return of manuscript if necessary; or indicate we can recycle it if not interested.

See full submission guidelines here.

Bringing Up Beauty by Sylvia McNicoll,
one ofthe guest speakers in Brian's
Writing Kid Lit course
If you’re interested in and finding an agent or publisher (someday soon or down the road), don’t miss our “How to Get Published” mini-conference, with literary agent Martha Webb, author Hannah McKinnon, and HarperCollins editor Michelle Meade on Saturday, Nov 18, in Guelph (see here).

Also, starting soon, Brian Henry will lead a full range of writing courses, introductory to advanced (and most of these classes still have space): 
Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Sept 28 – Nov 30, in Burlington. See here.
Writing Personal Stories, Wednesday evenings, Sept 27 – Nov 15, in Burlington. See here.
Writing Kid Lit, Thursday mornings, Oct 5 – Nov 30, in Oakville, with guest authors Sylvia McNicoll and Jennifer Mook-Sang. See here.
Next Step in Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons Sept 26 – Nov 28, first readings emailed Sept 19; Burlington. See here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Monday mornings, Sept 25 – Dec 4/11, first readings emailed Sept 18; Toronto. See here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Sept 28 – Nov 30 / Dec 7, first readings emailed Sept 20; Georgetown. See here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, Sept 20 – Dec 6/13, first readings emailed Sept 13; Burlington
See details of all seven courses offered in the fall here.

Kelley Armstrong
And be sure not to miss the “Writing a Bestseller"workshop with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong on Saturday, Oct 21, in Oakville (see here),

Also, in the fall, Brian will lead a “How to Make Yourself Write” workshop on Saturday, Oct 14, in Toronto (see here), a “Secrets of Writing a Page-turner” on Saturday, Oct 28, in Caledon at the Bolton Library (see here), “Writing with Style” on Saturday, Nov 4, in Barrie (see here) and“How to Build Your Story” on Saturday, Nov 25 in Burlington (see here).

For more information or to reserve a spot in any workshop, retreat, or weekly course, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.