Thursday, March 15, 2012

Great writing workshops & creative writing courses starting soon

Writing memoirs and other true stories
Saturday, March 24, 2012
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Community Room in Zehrs,
472 Bayfield Street, Barrie (next to Wal-Mart, across from Georgian Mall (Map here)
Whether you want to write for your family or for a wider public, don't miss this workshop. Workshop leader Brian Henry will show you how to use the techniques of novelists to write memoir and family history, and guest speaker Dr. Ross Pennie will discuss how he wrote his memoir and got it published.
Fee: $40 if mailed in advance or $48 at the door.
To register, email
More here.

Exploring Creative Writing
~ Nine weeks of fun and discovery ~

Offered in two locations:
Monday afternoons, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
March 26 – June 4, 2012

St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Dr, Oakville. (More here.)

Tuesday afternoons, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
April 17 – June 12, 2012
Unity Church, Unit 8, 3075 Ridegeway Dr, Mississauga. (More here.)

In this course you'll explore all kinds of creative writing. We’ll visit short story writing and personal writing, children’s writing, memoir writing, and just for fun writing. 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 environment, where your words will flow and flower.

Fee: $115.04 plus 13% hst = $130
Advance registration only. Number of attendees strictly limited.
To register, email

Plotting novels and writing short stories
~ an editor & an author explain it all ~
Saturday, March 31, 2012
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Avenue, Burlington
(Map here.
This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel and give you the best tips on writing short stories, where to get them published and how to win contests.  Guest speaker Lynda Simmons, author of six novels, will discuss plotting and creating a character arc.
Fee: $40 if mailed in advance or $48 at the door.
To register, email
More here.

Intensive Creative Writing
Eight weeks of creative growthFriday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m.
First set of readings distributed April 13.
Classes run April 20 to June 15, 2012.
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Drive, Oakville (Map here.)
This course is for people who are working on their own writing. The format is similar to the "Intermediate" and "Extreme" courses: Over the eight classes, you’ll be asked to bring in four pieces of your writing for detailed feedback.
Fee: $132.74 plus 13% hst = $150
Advance registration only. These courses fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment.
To reserve a spot now, email:
More here.

"Writing for Children & for Young Adults"
~ the world's hottest market ~

Saturday, April 21, 2012
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
London Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario (Map

Whether 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. Special option: Bring the first 500 words of your children's book or YA manuscript and get it critiqued on the spot.
Fee: $40 if mailed in advance or $48 at the door.
To register, email
More here.

How to Write a Bestseller
Offered in two locations:
Saturday, April 28
1:00 4:30 p.m.
Lions Club, 935 Sydenham Road, Kingston. (More here.)

Sunday, April 29
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Jackson Creek , 481 Reid Street, Peterborough (More

This workshop will give you the inside scoop on what gives a novel best-selling potential. You’ll learn how to get readers emotionally involved in your story, how to raise tension, control your pacing and keep your readers turning the pages.  
Fee: $40 if mailed in advance or $48 at the door. To register, email

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

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