Friday, November 14, 2014

How to Build Your Story workshop, Saturday, March 14, in Burlington

Getting Rid of Rosie German Edition
How to Build Your Story       
an editor & an author explain it all
Saturday, March 14, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Burlington Public Library, Centennial Room, 2331 New Street, Burlington, Ontario (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 lives in Burlington, but her novels have been published around the world. To date, she’s 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). Prior to going mainstream, Lynda served her apprenticeship as an author by writing six romance novels, published by Harlequin, Silhouette and Kensington.

When she’s not writing, Lynda teaches creative writing at Sheridan College in Oakville and at Ryerson University in Toronto. As Lynda specializes in comic novels, it’s no surprise that  her presentations are known for their humour. At the workshop, she'll share her insights into plotting novels and creating a character arc. 

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

To register, 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, 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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