Monday, October 6, 2014

Six creative writing courses starting in the new year for beginners to advanced

Welcome to Creative Writing
10 weeks of exploring your creative side
Tuesday afternoons, Jan 20 – March 31, 2015
12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. This course will open the door to all kinds of creative writing. We’ll visit short story writing and children’s writing, writing in first person and in third person, and writing just for fun. 

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 setting, where your words will grow and flower.
Note: Check out two reviews of the "Welcome to Creative Writing" course here.
Fee: 149.56 plus 13% hst = 169
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Writing your life and other personal stories
8 weeks of sharing and writing
Tuesday mornings, Jan 27 – March 17, 2015
9:45 – 11:45 a.m.
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Drive, Oakville (Map here.)
If you've ever considered writing your personal stories, this course is for you.  We’ll look at memoirs, travel writing, personal essays, family history ~ personal stories of all kinds. Plus, of course, we’ll work on creativity and writing technique and have fun doing it. Whether you want to write a book or just get your thoughts down on paper, this weekly course will get you going.
We'll reveal the tricks and conventions of telling true stories, and we’ll show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Weekly writing exercises and friendly feedback from the instructor will help you move forward on this writing adventure. Whether you want to write for your family and friends or for a wider public, don't miss this course.
Note: Read reviews of Brian's courses here.
Fee: 140.71 plus 13% hst = 159
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

The Next Step in Creative Writing
10 weeks of creative growth
Offered in three locales:

Wednesday eveningsJan 21 – March 25
6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
First readings emailed Jan 14
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)

Thursday afternoonsJan 22 – March 26
12:30 – 2:45 p.m.
First readings emailed Jan 15
Unity Church, Unit 8, 3075 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, Ontario (Map here.)

and Thursday evenings, Jan 22 – March 26
6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
First readings emailed Jan 15
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown, Ontario (In the village of Glen Williams. Map here.)

This course will challenge you to take a step up in your writing.  The format will be similar to the "Intensive" courses, but with less reading between classes each week, leaving you with more writing time. Over the ten weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in four pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on.

Besides critiquing pieces, the instructor will give short lectures addressing the needs of the group, and in addition to learning how to critique your own work and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that the greatest benefits come from seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write.

Note: Check out two reviews of the Next Step course here.

Fee: 176.11 + 13% hst = 199. 
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca 

Intensive Creative Writing
10 weeks towards mastering your craft 
Wednesday afternoons, Jan 21 – March 25
12:15 to 2:45 p.m.
First set of readings emailed Jan 14
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
Intensive Creative Writing isn't for beginners; it's for people who have been writing for a while or who have done a course or two before and are working on their own projects. Over the ten classes, you’ll be asked to bring in five pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on.
Besides critiquing pieces, the instructor will give short lectures addressing the needs of the group, and in addition to learning how to critique your own work and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that the greatest benefits come from seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding.
Note: Check out a review of the Intensive course here. More reviews here.
Fee: 176.11 + 13% hst = 199.  Payment in advance by mail or Interac.
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca


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

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