Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How to Build Your Story, Saturday, June 14, in Oakville

“How to Build Your Story”
~ an editor & an author explain it all ~
Saturday, June 14, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oakville Central Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario
(Parking is around the back of the library and then up the hill a bit on Water Street, across from the Canoe Club. Bring $5 in change for the machine. 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.

New material: At the workshop, Linda will share her insights into into plotting novels and using point of view, and she’ll also give tips on keeping your creativity flowing through the
summer months.

Fee: 40.71 + 13% hst = 46 paid in advance
or 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 if you wait to pay at the door.

To register, email

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Algoma, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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