Friday, February 5, 2016

Starting this spring: Creative Writing Courses from beginners to advanced

Exploring Creative Writing
10 weeks discovering your creative side
Tuesday afternoons, April 19 – June 21, 2016
12:45 - 2:45
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 explore writing fictional stories and writing true stories, writing technique and creativity technique, getting down your very best writing and just for fun writing. 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.
Read two reviews of Brian's introductory creative writing course here, and see other reviews here.
Fee: 167.26 + hst = 189
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Writing Personal Stories
8 weeks of sharing and writing
Wednesday mornings, May 4 – June 22
9:30 – 11:30 a.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.
Read reviews of the Writing Personal Stories course here, and see other reviews 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 two locales:
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
April 13 – June 15. First readings emailed April 6
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario. (Map here.)
And
Thursday afternoons, 12:30  2:45 p.m
April 21 – June 23, First readings emailed April 14
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Drive, Oakville, Ontario (Map here.)
The Next Step in Creative Writing 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. In addition to learning how to critique your own writing and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that your greatest growth as a writer comes from critiquing other people’s work and form 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.
Check out two reviews of the Next Step course hereAnd see more reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
Fee: 176.11 + 13% hst = 199.  
To reserve your spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Intermediate Creative Writing
11 weeks of creative growth
Thursday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
April 14 – June 16 (though we may extend the course by a week if it fills up). 

First readings emailed April 7
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown, Ontario (in the village of Glen Williams (Map here.)
This course 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 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. In addition to learning how to critique your own writing 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.
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
Fee: $184.96 plus hst = 209.  
To reserve your spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Intensive Creative Writing
12 weeks towards mastering your craft
Wednesday afternoons, 12:15 – 2:45 p.m.
March 30 – June 15
First class emailing goes out March 23
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
This Intensive course 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 weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in six 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.  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.
Check out a review of the Intensive course here. More reviews here.
Fee: 187.61 + 13% hst = 212
To reserve your spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
This course will fill up; enroll early to avoid disappointment.

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 Saint John. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published. 

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See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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