Sunday, June 1, 2014

Great writing workshops coming this month

German edition of Getting Rid of Rosie
by Lynda Simmons
“How to Build Your Novel”
~ An editor & an author explain it all ~
Saturday, June 7, 2014
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
W.G. Johnson Centre, Activities Room, 31 Kribs Street, Cambridge, Ontario (Map here.) 
This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel, control your pacing and create a character arc. 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. 
Guest speaker Lynda Simmons has published eight novels and has built a reputation for herself as an outstanding novelist. Her most recent novels are Island Girl and Getting Rid of Rosie (both from Berkley Books, a Penguin USA imprint).  

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:  39 paid in advance by mail or Interac or 42 if you wait to pay at the door.
To register, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Lynda Simmons
“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 (Map here.)
This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel. We’ll give you the best tips on writing short stories, controlling your pacing and creating a character arc. 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. 
Guest speaker Lynda Simmons has published eight novels and has built a reputation for herself as an outstanding novelist. Her most recent novels are Island Girl and Getting Rid of Rosie (both from Berkley Books, a Penguin USA imprint).  


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:  46 paid in advance by mail or Interac or 49 if you wait to pay at the door.
To register, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

“How to Make Yourself Write”
~ A creativity workout ~
Saturday, June 21, 2014
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Lions Club, 935 Sydenham Road, Kingston Ontario (Map here.)
Let's get motivated! This workshop is designed to help you find the time and the inspiration to write. No more staring at a blank screen. Come to this workshop and learn the five keys to beating procrastination. Then give yourself a kick-start and discover how to keep going. This creativity workout will get your words flowing and help you make the breakthrough into the next level of writing.
Fee:  37 paid in advance by mail or Interac or 40 if you wait to pay at the door
To register, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

“How to Get Published”
~ An editor & a literary agent tell all ~
Sunday June 22, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Nepean Sportsplex, Hall E, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario (Map here.)
If you've ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover everything from getting started to getting an agent, from getting your short pieces published to finding a book publisher, from writing a query letter to writing what the publishers want. Bring your questions. Come and get ready to be published!
Special Option: Participants are invited to bring a draft of a query letter you might use to interest an agent or publisher in your book. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you do, 3 copies could be helpful.
Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. 
Guest speaker Maria Vicente is an Associate Agent with the P.S. Literary Agency. She’s the only literary agent based in Ottawa. Maria is actively looking for literary and commercial fiction, for young adult and middle grade books, and for illustrated picture books. In nonfiction, she’s seeking projects in the pop culture, pop psychology, design, and lifestyle categories. 
For more about P.S. Literary Agency, see here.
Fee:  46 paid in advance by mail or Interac or 49 if you wait to pay at the door.
To register, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

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


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