Monday, March 16, 2015

Writing Great Characters workshop, Saturday, July 11, Burlington

The Burlington Public Library presents…
How to Write Great Characters    
An editor & an author tell you how

Saturday, July 11, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Burlington Public Library, Centennial Room, 2331 New Street, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)

Whatever you're writing ~ fiction or nonfiction ~ readers will care about your story only if they care about your people. In this workshop, you'll learn techniques for creating fictional characters and depicting real people. You’ll learn how to breathe life into the page so that your characters start telling you how the story should go.

Workshop leader 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.

Guest speaker Jean Rae Baxter writes for both an adult audience and for young adults. She is the author of seven books: two short story collections, four young adult historical novels, and a literary murder mystery, Looking for Cardenio. Her fifth historical novel, Hope’s Journey, will be released by Ronsdale Press in September. Jean's books and short stories have won her many awards and critical recognition in Canada, the United States and Israel. Visit her website at

What past participants say:
Hi, Brian.I just wanted to thank you for the “Writing Great Characters” workshop on Saturday.  I have been stalled in my writing, and I realized at the workshop it was because I didn't have a clear picture of my character's personality and motives.  Your exercises and handouts have inspired me and I'm happy to say I spent the rest of the weekend writing.  Writer's block conquered (for now, ha)! Looking forward to all the upcoming workshops!Marina Unger
Fee: 40.71+ 13% hst = 46 paid in advance
or 43.36 + 13% hst = 
49 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email:

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, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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