Sunday, September 4, 2011

"How to Build Your Story," writing workshop, Saturday, January 28, 2012, Newmarket

Read a review here.
Plotting novels and writing short stories
~ an editor & an author explain it all ~
Saturday, January 28, 2012
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Avenue, Newmarket. (Map here.)

This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel. You’ll also get the best tips on writing short stories, where to get them 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.

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

Guest speaker Lynda Simmons has published eight novels. Her most recent novel, Island Girl (from Berkley Books, a Penguin USA imprint), came out in December 2010. Lynda has built a reputation for herself as an outstanding comic novelist. Island Girl represents a departure for her in that it's a much more serious book. Set on the Toronto Islands, the novel recounts the emotionally riveting story of a 55-year-old mother, Ruby Donaldson, who fights to reunite her family as she struggles with the diagnosis of early on-set Alzheimer's and her determination to control her own future.

Lynda's previous novel was Getting Rid of Rosie (Berkley Books). Before going mainstream, Lynda served her apprenticeship as an author by writing six romance novels, published by Harlequin, Silhouette and Kensington. Lynda specializes in comic novels and her presentations are known for their humour. At the workshop, she'll share her insights into plotting novels and creating a character arc.

Newsflash, Aug 25: Hi, Brian. I just got some good news this morning. Getting Rid of Rosie came out in Germany in hardcover in May, and has already sold through! Hurray for voracious German readers!

Fee: $38.94 + 13% hst = $44 paid in advance
Or $42.48 + 13% hst = $48 if you wait to pay at the door

To reserve a spot now, email

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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