Friday, February 6, 2015

Creative writing courses coming this spring, beginners to advanced

Exploring Creative Writing
10 weeks of exploring your creative side
Wednesday evenings, April 15 – June 17, 2015
– 9 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. We’ll visit writing fictional stories and writing true stories, writing technique and creativity technique, getting down your very best writing and just for fun writing. 

The class has the same format as "Welcome to Creative Writing," but we look at different aspects of writing. With either course, you 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: Read two reviews of Brian Henry's introductory creative writing courses here. More reviews here.
Fee: 149.56 plus 13% hst = 169
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Writing Personal Stories
8 weeks of sharing and writing
Tuesday afternoons, April 28 – June 16, 2015
12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Unity Church, Unit 8, 3075 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, Ontario (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 the "Writing Personal Stories" course here

And see reviews of other courses here ~ just scroll down.
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
Thursday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
April 23 – June 25
First readings emailed April 16
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.  Over the ten weeks of 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.
Note: Check out two reviews of the Next Step course here. More reviews here.
Fee: 176.11 + 13% hst = 199. 
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca 

Intensive Creative Writing
Offered in two sessions:
12 Wednesday afternoons, April 8 – June 24
12:15 to 2:45 p.m.
First set of readings emailed April 1
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
And
10 Thursday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m.
April 23 – June 25
First readings emailed April 16
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 twelve classes, you’ll be asked to bring in six pieces of your writing for detailed feedback (or five pieces, during the ten-week course). 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: 184.96 + 13% hst = 209 for the 12-week course
176.11 + 13% hst = 199 for the 10-week course
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

Read reviews of Brian's weekly courses and Saturday workshops here.

 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, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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