Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New literary agent Sheri Bestor of Willow Words seeks children's lit – picture books, early readers, MG and YA

Willow Words Literary Agency
1300 14th Avenue
Suite E
Grafton, WI 

Willow Words is a new literary agency founded by Sheri Bestor. Sheri is a published author of both adult and children’s books and has also sold work to national magazines. She’s also written business content for various companies as well as curriculum for educational programs. She has earned a MA in Curriculum and Instruction, a BA in education and has over 30 years of teaching experience. She is the Founder of North Shore Academy of the Arts, a non-profit organization that offers arts programming including literary arts classes and workshops.

Like all new agents, Sheri needs authors and is looking both for first time and experienced authors. She’s seeking Children’s fiction and nonfiction – picture books, early readers, middle grade, and young adult.

Query Sheri at: sheri@willowwords.agency
For picture books and early readers, query with complete manuscript in the body of the email. For nonfiction and middle grade/young adult, query with the first 10 pages in the body of the email. See full submission guidelines here.

Brian Henry will lead a "Writing for Children & for Young Adults," workshop with guest speaker Yasemin Ucar, Senior Editor, Kids Can Press, on Saturday, September 12, in Toronto (see here).

He’ll also lead "How to Get Published" workshops in St. John, NB, on Saturday, Oct 3 (details here), and in Hamilton on Saturday, Oct 17, with Rachel Letofsky of the Cooke Agency (see here). 

Other upcoming workshops, include "Writing Your Life,"Saturday, August 15 in Midland (see here) and Saturday, September 26 in Brampton (see here), "Fall Colours Writing Retreat," Sept 19 - 21, in Algonquin Park (see here), and "How to Make Yourself Write," Saturday, October 24 in Guelph (see here).   

For more information or to register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

But the best way to grow as a writer or to get your manuscript ready for publication may be with a weekly class. This fall, Brian will offer a full line-up of six weekly courses for beginners through advanced. See details of all six fall courses here. Or here's the schedule... 
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, Sept 24 - Nov 26, in Mississauga (see here).
“Writing Personal stories,” Thurs mornings, Oct 8 - Nov 26, in Oakville (see here)
“The Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, Sept 30 - Dec 2, in Burlington (here).
“The Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, Sept 24 - Dec 3, in Georgetown (here).
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, Sept 15 - Dec 8, in Burlington (here).
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, Sept 16 - Dec 16, in Burlington  (here).
For details or to reserve a spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, 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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