Thursday, March 5, 2015

Intensive Creative Writing course, Thurs afternoons, April 23 – June 25, in Burlington

Intensive Creative Writing
10 weeks toward mastering your craft
Spring session

Thursday afternoons, 12:15 – 2:45 p.m.
April 23 – June 25, 2015
First readings emailed April 16
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Avenue, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)

Intensive Creative Writing 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 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 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.

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.

Note: Check out a review of the Intensive course here. More reviews here.

See details of all five courses, from introductory to advanced, starting this spring here.

Fee:
 176.11 + 13% hst = 199.  Payment in advance by mail or Interac.
Note: Enrollment is strictly limited, and these courses fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment. 

To reserve a spot now, 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, Oakville, Orillia, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Literary agent Eve Porinchak of Jill Corcoran agency seeks picture books to YA novels

Jill Corcoran
Jill Corcoran Literary Agency
P.O. Box 4116
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

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

Jill Corcoran used to be with the Herman Agency  before forming her own agency in August 2013. Jill is not currently accepting new clients except through referrals, but she has recently promoted Eve Porinchak from intern to junior agent, and Eve is now actively looking for new authors to represent.

Eve Porinchak graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in PsychoBiology. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Colby-Sawyer College and attended medical school at the University of New England. 

Eve in Tijuana
Eve has always worked with children in some capacity. She taught Pre-K through First Grade, with a specialty in reading, she worked as a state foster care case manager, teaches creative writing to incarcerated teens, and serves as an aid worker in Tijuana orphanages, and has been an active member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for 15 years.

Eve has eclectic literary tastes and is open to everything from picture books to young adult novels. She is currently looking for contemporary realistic fiction for teens that features unusual love stories with bad ass protagonists and cinematic writing.

Paste the first 10 pages of your manuscript into your email.

Anne Shone
Brian Henry will lead "How to Get Published"workshops in Niagara on the Lake on Saturday, March 7, with literary agent Olga Filina of The Rights Factory (see here), in Windsor 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 (see here). 

Also, Brian will lead “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” with Anne Shone, Senior Editor at Scholastic Canada, on Saturday, May 2, in Oakville (see here).

For more information or to register for a workshop or class, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Other upcoming workshops, include  “How to Build Your Story,” Saturday, March 14 in Burlington (see here), Saturday, April 25, in Thessalon (details to come), Saturday, May 9 in London (here) and Saturday, May 30 in Guelph (here), and “Writing great characters & From fact to fiction,” Saturday, March 28 in Brampton (here), “Secrets of Writing a Page-turner,” Saturday, April 11, in Peterborough (here), and “Writing and Revising,” Sunday, April 12 in Ottawa (here).

Martha Magor Webb
The spring session of Brian’s weekly creative writing courses begins in April See details of all five weekly courses for beginners to advanced writers here.

Exploring Creative Writing” will be offered Wednesday evenings in Burlington (see here), “Writing Personal Stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Mississauga (here), “The Next Step in Creative Writing” on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (here) and on Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here) and “Intensive Creative Writing” on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (here).

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
For more information or to reserve a 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, Stouffville, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Love letters ~ Where your fellow writers are finding agents and getting published

Yay, Sherry!
Hello, Brian.
PS Literary has asked to see my full manuscript! WOOT!
Sherry Isaac
Note: For information about submitting to PS Literary Agency, see here.

Hi, Brian.
It's great being back in a creative writing classes again with you and my very talented classmates.
I'm sending you two of my poems that were published in The Prairie Journal recently and three pieces of my artwork that will printed on the Prairie Journal’s covers. They even paid me.
Thank you,
Gordon
Caribou by Gord Miller will adorn a cover of Prairie Journal
For information about submitting to Prairie Journal, see here.

Hi, Brian.
Just thought you’d like to know that a story that I started as an exercise in your October "How to Build Your Story" workshop here in Peterborough has just been published by Near to the Knuckle in the UK.
“There’s Something About Fiona” is about a young waitress that has a very unhealthy obsession with a country music star.
Another story I wrote, “The Prey Series: Viktor” that explores the adventures and psyche of a young woman assassin also appears in a recent edition of Near to the Knuckle.
Thank you for the great ideas in your workshop.    
Don Herald
Read Don's stories here.
For information about submitting to Near to the Knuckle, see here.
Note: I'll be leading "How to Build Your Story" workshops, Saturday, March 14, in Burlington (see here), Saturday, April 25, in Thessalon (details to come), Saturday, May 9, in London (see here), and Saturday, May 30 in Guelph (see here). ~ Brian

Hi, Brian.
We were in Cuba, where Internet access is dodgy at best, so I only saw that I’d been published on CommuterLit when we got back. For those who may be interested, you can read the story here.
I did have a comment from a friend that Cassandra took refuge in Athena's temple, not Apollo's (makes sense) - but there had to be some literary licence to make it work. That's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it!
Mary
For information about submitting to CommuterLit, see 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, Stouffville, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Great writing workshops this month ~ How to Get Published, Building a Story, and Writing Great Characters

How to Get Published
An editor & an agent tell all
Saturday, March 7, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Niagara on the Lake Public Library, 
10 Anderson Lane, NOTL, 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 writing a query letter to getting your book published. 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, 3 copies could be helpful.
Guest speaker Olga Filina is a literary agent with The Rights Factory. Olga will read anything but especially 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.
Fee: 46 paid in advance or 49 if you wait to pay at the door.
To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Brian will also be leading “How to Get Published” workshops  with literary agent Martha Magor Webb on Sunday, May 31, in Windsor (see here) and  Saturday, June 20, in Mississauga (see here).

Getting Rid or Rosie by Lynda Simmons
was an international success. This is
the cover of the German edtion.
The Burlington Public Library presents…
How to Build Your Story       
An editor & an author give you the low down
Saturday, March 14, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Burlington Public Library, Centennial Room, 2331 New Street, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel and will give you the best tips on writing short stories. We’ll also look at where to get your stories published and how to win contests. Best yet, you’ll see how to apply the story-building techniques you’ve learned to your own writing.
Guest speaker Lynda Simmons lives in Burlington, but her novels have been published around the world. To date, she’s published eight novels and has built a reputation for herself as an outstanding comic novelist. When she’s not writing, Lynda teaches creative writing at Sheridan College in Oakville and at Ryerson University in Toronto. At the workshop, she'll share her insights into plotting novels and creating a character arc. 
Fee: 46 paid in advance or 49 if you wait to pay at the door.
To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Brian will also lead “How to Build Your Story” workshops Saturday, April 25, in Thessalon (details to come), Saturday, May 9, in London (see here), and Saturday, May 30 in Guelph (see here)

Copernicus Avenue
by Andrew Borkowski
How to Write Great Characters      
and “From Fact to Fiction: Writing What You Know”
With Brian Henry and Andrew Borkowski
Saturday, March 28, 2015
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cyril Clark Branch, Brampton Library, 20 Loafer’s Lake Lane, Brampton, Ontario (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.
Guest speaker Andrew J. Borkowski is the author of the critically acclaimed debut short story collection, Copernicus Avenue. Published by Cormorant Books, Copernicus Avenue won the Toronto Book Award and was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for short fiction. His work has been published in Grain, The New Quarterly, and in Storyteller magazine. His short story “Twelve Versions of Lech” was a selection for the Writer’s Trust/McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize.
For his segment of the workshop, Andrew will speak on “From Fact to Fiction: Writing What You Know” and will discuss how he worked his experiences growing up in Toronto’s Polish Community into award-winning short fiction.
Fee: 46 paid in advance or 49 if you wait to pay at the door.
To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Note: Five weekly writing courses for beginners to advanced will be starting in April. See details of all five hereRead reviews of Brian's workshops and courses 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 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 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.