Thursday, May 30, 2013

How to Build Your Story workshop, Sat, Sept 21, Barrie

“How to Build Your Story”
~ an editor & an author explain it all ~
Saturday, September 21, 2013
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grace United Church, 350 Grove Street East, Barrie (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.

Workshop leader 
Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing teacher for more than 25 years. He teaches at Ryerson University 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 and has built a reputation for herself as an outstanding comic novelist. But her most recent novel, Island Girl (from Berkley Books, a Penguin USA imprint), represents a departure for Lynda 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 before Island Girl was Getting Rid of Rosie (Berkley Books), which sold especially well in Germany. 

Prior to going mainstream, Lynda served her apprenticeship as an author by writing six romance novels, published by Harlequin, Silhouette and Kensington. As Lynda specializes in comic novels, it’s not surprising that her presentations are known for their humour.

At the workshop, Linda will share her insights into into plotting novels and creating a character arc. 

Fee: $38.94 + 13% hst = $44 paid in advance by mail or Interac
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, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, Bracebridge, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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