Sunday, September 29, 2013

Love letters: Where your fellow writers are finding an agent, getting published, and winning contests

Lead judge John Cull and winners of the 2012 Alice Munro Short Story Contest: Royden McCoag, Sheila Eastman, Hayley Linfield, Yasmina Jaksic, and Bronte Cronsberry. Yay, Sheila! Here’s hoping we have winners to celebrate this year, too.
Hi! I wanted to let you know that I am one of the five finalists in the Alice Munro Short Story Contest (teen division). After seeing your post about the contest on Quick Brown Fox, I entered "In Facing the Sun," a story I had critiqued in your class. I appreciated all of your constructive criticism, and I feel it really helped my piece reach its full potential.
Thank you very much for all of your help. The awards gala is on September 28, so I will let you know what happens, although it is an honor just to be recognized. 
Dana Mitchell

Karma Brown
Good morning, Brian.
I wanted to let you all know my exciting news ... I'm now represented by Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists here in Toronto!
Since our class so many great things have happened with this book, and I'm thrilled with my new agent and her vision for the story. I actually ended up having a choice between three stellar agents, but ultimately chose Carolyn because she was so passionate about the project, and I imagine we'll work really well together.
Hope you're all doing well, wherever you're at with your writing!
And always happy to hear good news, so please keep me posted.
Karma Brown
Note: On October 5, I’ll be leading a workshop in Georgetown with literary agent Carly Watters of the P.S. Literary Agency. See here.
For information about literary agent Carolyn Forde and Westwood Creative Artists, see here.

Hi, Brian.
Have a look at the Toronto Star. There is a 1 1/2 page feature in the Insight Section about my research and my book, Spice & Kosherhere.
Bala Menon

Hi Brian,
I wanted to share my non-fiction piece with you again; I wrote this for Show and Tell in your Creative Writing Classes this summer and much to my excitement it was accepted for publication in the Globe & Mail, Facts & Arguments.  You can see my essay, "Why I want my daughter to inherit old winter boots" here.
Thanks very much for all your feedback.  I couldn't have done it without you!
Laurie Nguyen
For information about submitting a "Facts & Arguments" essay to the Globe & Mail, see here

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

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