Saturday, August 7, 2010

"Writing for Children," Sunday, November 14, Stouffville

The Whitchurch-Stouffville Library presents…
Writing for Children and for Young Adults – the world’s hottest market
Sunday, November 14
workshop 1 – 4 p.m.
manuscript critiques 12:00 – 12:50 and 4:10 – 5:30
Whitchurch-Stouffville Library
30 Burkholder Street, Stouffville (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: From 12 noon to 12:50 and from 4:10 to 5:30 Brian will critique participants’ writing. So bring 2 copies of the opening couple pages (first 500 words) of your children’s book or young adult novel. (Or if 1,000 words will get you to the end of your picture book or to the end of your first chapter, bring that.)  If you’re not currently working on a children’s story, don’t worry, we’ll get you started on the spot!

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He is also the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing Inc).

"Brian’s the real deal. He isn't just an inspiring teacher – he's plugged into the publishing world! He got me an agent who sold my first novel, Bitten, to publishers around the world. Last May, my young adult novel, The Awakening, hit number 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. And Random House Canada, Bantam U.S. and Little Brown in Britain have contracted my next seven books. So it looks like I’ll be writing for a while."
- Kelley Armstrong, Aylmer, Ontario, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Awakening, The Reckoning, The Gathering, and other supernatural thrillers for teens and adults.

Workshop fee: $35.40 + hst = $40
For a mini-critique add $8.85 + hst = $10
When you register, let us know if you want to reserve a time slot to have your first 500 words critiqued.

To register and/or to book your time slot for a mini-review, phone Catherine Sword at: 905-642-7323

And please make out a cheque to the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library and drop it off at the library or mail it to…
Attention: "Writing for Children" workshop
Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library
30 Burkholder Street
Stouffville, ON L4A 4K1

Numbers are limited, especially for critiques. So if you want Brian to critique your first 500 words, register now!

Photos: Two books by Brian"s students: Business in Bangkok, a picture book by Lynn Westerhout and The Awakening, a New York Times #1 best-selling young adult novel by Kelley Armstrong.
For information about all of Brian's writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.

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