Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Fall Colours Writing Retreat in Algonquin Park, Sept 16 – 18


Algonquin Fall Colours Writing Retreat
Friday – Sunday
September 16 –  18, 2016
Arowhon Pines Resort, Arowhon Pines Rd, Little Joe Lake, Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada

Give yourself three days of writing time. Three days of instruction, inspiration and creativity. Award yourself with time away from distractions, with no dishes to do and wonderful food at every  meal, as you sit with your feet up and write in the most beautiful wilderness setting in Ontario. This is where the Group of Seven got its inspiration (Tom Thompson is buried just a couple of lakes over); it’s a wonderful place for you to find your inspiration, too.

The retreat will feature both instruction and guided writing exercises, plus one-on-one critiquing and coaching from Brian.  You’ll also have lots of time to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with your creativity. 

All writing levels welcome. Whether you are just beginning or have a novel in progress, please join us. 

The setting: Arowhon Pines is a peaceful, quiet resort nestled in the woods on Little Joe Lake inside Algonquin Park. There are no motorboats on the lake, except for the resort’s own pontoon boat which takes guests on occasional wildlife tours.

The resort is without TV and is far from the roar of traffic. The cry of a loon is the loudest noise you’re likely to hear all day.

Rates include charming accommodation (cabins have a mix of queen beds for one person or couples or twin beds for two people rooming together; rooms also have private bathrooms and each cabin has a lounge with fireplace to share with your fellow writers). 

Three all-you-can-eat gourmet meals per day are provided, featuring an abundance of fresh food prepared by master chefs and an inspired kitchen staff. (Bring your own wine or beer!)

All activities included. When you’re not writing or for spouses who accompany you, there is plenty to do: canoe or kayak a series of lakes or hike trails to see wildlife (moose, loons, beaver, turtles, fox, deer), swim in the lake, sail, stand up paddleboard, play tennis, relax. For indoor activities there is a games room with table tennis, shuffleboard, books, board games. Your stay also includes access to all Algonquin Park programs and activities including a car pass for you to fully enjoy the park.


Check-in isn’t until 3 p.m., but guests can arrive in the morning to fully take advantage of the facilities (though the meals included in your package don’t begin until after check-in time, so lunch on Friday is extra if you arrive early). Each guest can borrow a day pass for Algonquin Park. The formal retreat will begin late Friday afternoon. On Sunday morning, we’ll have our last formal get-together ending at 12 noon. Check out time is at 1 p.m.  Most guests have lunch while the bellhops load the car. But once you’ve had lunch, don’t feel you have to rush off!

Participants are welcome to bring spouses, partners or friends, as there will be plenty to do while you’re writing – canoeing, kayaking or sailing, swimming if warm enough, tennis, reading and just plain resting and unwinding, enjoying the wilderness.

Read more about Arowhon Pines here.

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 their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

Read two reviews of our fall writing retreat at Arowhon Pines here
To see more reviews of Brian’s weekly courses and Saturday workshops, just scroll down the page. 

Accommodation fee: 540 per person either single- or double- occupancy for the two nights. (Arowhon has kept their 2015 rates for us – about 5% off the new rate, and there is no single supplement!) Plus 15% service charge (in lieu of tipping, no extra tipping allowed), then 13% hst added to these rates.

Seminar fee (special June 2016 price): 123.89 plus hst = 140
Full receipts issued. Space is very limited.

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

Who can attend the retreat?
Everyone interested in developing their writing skills is welcome to attend, whether you're aspiring writer or an accomplished author or simply enjoy writing as a hobby. There is no requirement for you to have been previously published or even to have an intention to publish.

I'm a poet / playwright / other writer. Is this retreat for me?
The retreat is open to anyone who enjoys writing. Instruction will focus on narrative writing; i.e., stories, whether fiction or memoir. But if you’re an essayist or poet or whatever, you’re entirely welcome.

Should I bring my work in progress?
Yes, if you have an on-going writing project, bring it with you! If you’re not currently working on anything, don’t worry, we’ll get you writing.

Should I bring my laptop?
Yes, if you prefer to work on your laptop. During the day, we’ll have use of tables by power outlets in the dining room for writing. If you prefer to work on paper bring that.


Can you cater to specific dietary requirements?
Yes, just let the staff at Arowhon Pines know beforehand about your needs.

I want to stay longer or arrive early. Is it possible to do that?
If you want to arrive early and stay longer, that is fine. Just arrange it with the resort. There is plenty to see and do in the park, and Arowhon Pines is a lovely place to base from.  Arowhon will keep the same rate throughout your stay.

Can I bring my spouse (or partner or friend)?
Certainly. Just let them know you’ll be spending most of your time writing, (though you will have some free time every day), and make sure they enjoy superb food, the beauty of the fall woods, and relaxing on the deck or the dock or out on a canoe as they glide past a moose munching on water lilies….

For more information or to register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca 
To book your accommodation at Arowhon Pines, phone toll free: 1-866-633-5661
Or you can book on-line at http://arowhonpines.ca/


See Brian Henry’s full schedule here, including writing workshops, writing retreats, 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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New literay agent Ryann Wahl seeks Literary and upmarket fiction and young adult novels

Holloway Literary


Ryann Wahl is the newest member of the team at Holloway Literary and like all new agents, she needs authors. Ryann holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in English from Allegheny College. Between literary journal editing and working in the trade publishing industry, she has six years of publishing experience. 

Ryann grew to love working with foreign publishers through her three years in literary scouting, and looks forward to continuing to do so as the Foreign Rights Manager at Holloway Literary, in addition to taking on her own clients as a literary agent. As a writer herself, she is dedicated to the rights and needs of authors, and takes a hands-on, editorial approach. 

Ryann is looking for books that teach her more about the world and challenge her perspective. Fresh, highly-observed, psychologically-complex writing. She likes a story that is ambitious in scope, but has a keen eye for detail. Introspective, meditative, lyrical, atmospheric, diverse, subversive, and politically relevant are all qualities to which she’s drawn. She is particularly impressed by successful first-person narratives. Crafted experimentation is welcome.

Ryann is interested in representing:
  • Literary fiction – Ryann is looking for sharp, clean, language-driven writing with stunning turns of phrase. She is interested in narratives that explore the strange within the mundane, dig into the human experience, and lift the corners of our daily lives to reveal what’s beneath.
  • Up-market fiction – Ryann is looking for strong writing with a compelling hook. She likes psychological thrillers that approach the genre in a fresh way, as well as smart “coming-of-age” stories with a mature voice.
  • Young Adult –  Ryann would like special YA novels that are timely yet have a timeless feel. Well-written stories of all genres are welcome, particularly those which tackle challenging subjects in imaginative ways. Three-dimensional characters and world-building are essential.
 In the subject header write: Ryann/Title/Genre. Include the first fifteen pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of your email.

Spring is here. Time to sign up for a writing class!
Brian Henry will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, April 2, in Barrie, with literary agent Rachel Letofsky (see here), on Saturday, April 30, in Guelph, with Yasemin Uçar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and authors Jennifer Mook-Sang and Kira Vermond (see here), and Sunday, May 29, in Ottawa with acclaimed author Alan Cumyn (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include Writing Your Life, Saturday, April 16 in London (see here),  How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, May 14 in Toronto (see here) and Sunday, June 5 in Georgetown (see here), and Writing and Revising, May 28, in Mississauga (see here) .

Also, Brian will be part of the Windsor International Writers’ Festival May 5 – 8, where he’ll be leading Writing Query Letters that Get a Yes and a Query Letter Clinic (see here). 

Finally, Brian will lead Writer’s Retreats at Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park, Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12, (see here) and Friday, Sept 16 through Sunday, Sept 18 (details similar to the June retreat).

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 spring, Brian will be offering a full range of courses from beginners to more experienced. See details of all six classes starting this spring here.
Yasemin Uçar, senior editor at Kids Can Press
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, April 19 – June 21, in Burlington (see here)
“Writing Personal Stories,” Wednesday mornings, April 27 – June 15, in Mississauga (see here)
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, April 13 – June 15, in Burlington (see here)
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, April 21 – June 23, in Oakville (see here)
“Intermediate Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, April 14 – June 16, in Georgetown (see here
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, March 30 – June 15, in Burlington ~ Full. To reserve a spot for the summer class, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
To register or for more information for any class or workshop, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops, writing retreats, 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.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Writing for Children & for Young Adults, with literary agent Rachel Letofsky on April 2, with Yasemin Uçar, senior editor, Kids Can Press on April 30, and with author Alan Cumyn on May 29

The Calling a YA novel by Kelley Armstrong,
New York Times #1 bestselling author
and one of Brian's students
Writing for Children & for Young Adults ~ the world’s hottest market
Offered in three locations:
Saturday, April 2, 2016
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grace United Church, 350 Grove Street East, Barrie, Ontario (Map here.)
Saturday, April 30, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph, Ontario (Map here.)
Sunday, May 29, 2016
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Nepean Sportsplex, Hall E, 1701 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, Ontario (Map here)

If you want to write the next best-selling children’s books or just want to create stories for your own kids, this workshop is for you. Learn how to write stories kids and young adults will love and find out what you need to know to sell your book.

Special option: You may, but don't have to, bring 3 copies of the opening couple pages (first 500 words) of your children’s book or young adult novel (or 1,000 words if that will get you to the end of your picture book or to the end of your first chapter.) If you’re not currently working on a children’s story, don’t worry, we’ll get you started on the spot!

Workshop leader 
Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown FoxCanada’s most popular blog for writers and is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing Inc). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published.

Rachel Letofsky
In Barrie, on April 2, our guest speaker will be Rachel Letofsky a literary agent with the Cooke Agency. The Cooke Agency represents literary and commercial fiction (including science fiction, fantasy and crime), narrative-driven non-fiction in the areas of popular culture, science, history, natural history, politics, and personal reference, plus middle grad and young adult books.
The Cooke Agency represents many national and international award-winning authors of quality fiction and nonfiction, including John Irving, Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, Catherine Gildiner, Mary Novik, Nancy Richler, Guy Vanderhaeghe, and Joyce Wayne. The Cooke Agency’s clients are routinely long-listed, short-listed and awarded prizes for the high quality of their work.
Rachel is actively seeking ground-breaking and heart-breaking middle grade and young adult titles in all genres. She is drawn to works with a whimsical nature or a grounded, gritty edge in equal measure, though in either instance, unforgettable characters and original concepts are a must.
She also has a natural soft-spot for exquisite literary fiction. In nonfiction, Rachel is looking for narrative-driven memoirs and anything quirky and life affirming. Rachel is particularly committed to working with previously unpublished authors in a focused, collaborative and hands-on manner.
Rachel's clients include middle grade authors Nikki Vogel and Deirdre Baker, author of the beloved book, Becca at Sea, published by Groundwood, and the young adult author Janice Lynn Mather, author of Learning to Breathe, which was nominated for the HaperCollins/UBC Best New Fiction Prize. She also represents multiple award-winning poet and novelist Méira Cook – whose new novel Night Watching was published by HarperCollins Canada in 2015; Kim Gaal, a fresh voice in urban fantasy from Australia, and Erin Frances Fisher, whose short story “Girl” won this year’s RBC Bronwen Wallace award and is currently available for free download from iTunes (you should read it!).
Fee: 40.71+ 13% hst = 46 paid in advance or 43.36 + 13% hst = 49  at the door
To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

In Guelph, on April 30, we will have three guest speakers: Yasemin Uçar, senior editor at Kids Can Press, Jennifer Mook-Sang, author of the acclaimed middle grade novel Speechless, and Kira Vermond, author of four nonfiction books for young readers.
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
by Louise Rennison, one of the best-selling
authors Yasemin Ucar has worked with.
Yasemin Uçar is a Senior Editor at Kids Can Press. Altogether, she’s been a children’s and young adult book editor for seventeen years. She worked at Scholastic Canada before moving to the UK in 2001, where she worked as a Senior Editor at Piccadilly Press in London, managing a list of about 25 titles a year. 
She moved back to Toronto in 2006 and worked as a freelance editor for six years for several publishers, including Scholastic, Second Story Press, Madison Press Books, and HarperCollins. She joined Kids Can Press in 2012.
Yasemin has worked with many popular and award-winning authors and illustrators, including international bestselling author Louise Rennison, Barbara Coloroso, Anne Villeneuve, Pierre Pratt, Caroline Adderson, and Ashley Spires.
Jennifer Mook-Sang is as amazed as anyone to find she’s a published author. Her humorous middle grade novel Speechless was started in one of Brian Henry’s classes and was released by Scholastic in September. Speechless is already a hit. The CBC has named it one of the 75 best books published in 2015, and it’s a finalist for the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award. 
Also, Jennifer's first picture book will be arriving in September 2017. Captain Monty (working title) was a finalist in the 2014 CANSCAIP/TWUC Writing for Children Competition and will be published by Kids Can Press. (For information on this year’s CANSCAIP–Writers’ Union contest, see here.) At the workshop, Jennifer will speak about how she got her first book published. 
Kira Vermond, a Guelph-based freelance writer and children’s non-fiction author who has penned over 1,500 articles and columns for the Globe and Mail, The National Post, Chatelaine, MoneySense, CBC, Owl and others. Kira’s Why We Live Where We Liverecently won the prestigious 2015 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction.
Kira is also the author of Growing Up, Inside and Out and The Secret Life of Money: A kids’ guide to cash. Her fourth book for young readers, Half-truths and Brazen Lies: An Honest Look at Lying, will hit shelves in April 2016.  Kira will speak about writing nonfiction for kids.
Fees: 45.13+ 13% hst = 51 paid in advance or 48.67 + 13% hst = 55 at the door
To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn
from Simon & Shuster in stores now
In Ottawa, on May 29, our guest speaker will be Alan Cumyn. Alan is the author of twelve wide-ranging and often wildly different literary novels, including the beloved Owen Skye series for kids (The Secret Life of Owen Skye, After Sylvia, and Dear Sylvia) which between them have won or been shortlisted for a dozen national awards. 
His most recent novel for young adults, Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend, will be released in Canada, the United States and Great Britain in March 2016.
His work for adults includes the human rights novels Burridge Unbound and Man of Bone, which both won the Ottawa Book Award and were shortlisted for, respectively, the Giller Prize and the Trillium Award. Since 2008, Alan has taught in the prestigious MFA program in writing for children and young adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he is currently faculty chair.
A past chair of The Writers' Union of Canada, he has also been writer-in-the residence at the University of Ottawa, the Vancouver International Writers Festival, and at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon. Alan was born and raised in Ottawa, where he still lives, but he has also lived and worked in China and Indonesia, and spent most of the 1990s writing on human rights issues for the Immigration and Refugee Board. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, where he studied under Alistair MacLeod.
Fee: 40.71+ 13% hst = 46 paid in advance or 43.36 + 13% hst = 49  at the door
To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops, writing retreats, 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.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

“Renewing old acquaintances” by Sean Hubbard


Thomas rushed into the room, slamming the door. He quickly ran over to the windows and pulled the blinds down. With his back pressed firmly against the wall he used his pinky finger to ever so gently create a looking hole. He glanced up and down the street.

I lost him.

His breathing was fast and heavy. His mind was racing a mile a minute. Beads of sweat were rolling down the side of his face. He slowly slid down the wall and sat on of the floor with his head tilted back and eyes closed.

“That was too close,” he whispered.

Thomas looked around the room. It looked different from the last time he’d used this hideaway. New paint and new furniture, and what’s this, throw pillows? Charlie, his controller, was becoming quite the decorator.

He suddenly snapped to attention. His body stiffened and his eyes grew wide as if he’d just heard a balloon pop. He frantically started to pat his body feeling each pocket.

Where is it? Where is it?

Thomas expelled a sigh of relief when he remembered his socks. He kicked off his shoes and carefully removed his left sock. There it was. A bit stinky but still good.

He needed to find the decoder. His eyes darted across the room scanning everything, the bed, the dresser, the desk, the kitchenette, the closet and the three wall mounted paintings.

Where is it, Charlie? Talk to me?

Thomas remembered Charlie’s riddle: “Inside out and upside down, split a snow man in half and your answer will be found.”

He quickly went to the desk. Grabbing a marker and a piece of paper, Thomas drew his best Frosty the Snowman, hat and all. He turned the paper upside down and the snowman was still the same. There was no change in Frosty when he flipped the paper around where the marker had bled through.

What the heck does your riddle mean, Charlie?

He sat back and stared at the snowman. It looked a lot like the number 8, he thought. Thomas began to search the room for something that resembled an eight – there were only six dresser drawers, four cups in the kitchen and two throw pillows. The paintings didn’t have anything either.

Ah geez!

He started again, this time with the number 8. He wrote the number eight on a new piece of paper and then drew a vertical line through the center of it. Thomas found the answer. It was 3.

He made a beeline for the dresser. Thomas yanked open the third drawer and tossed out all the clothes filling the air like confetti at the end of the Super Bowl.

Nothing. The drawer was empty.

He pulled the drawer out and flipped it over. There was the decoder securely taped to the underside of the drawer. Thomas smiled. Good ole’ Charlie.

He was consciously aware of his heart rate increasing. It wasn’t because the microchip would reveal the answer to finding Ginger, but because he knew in order to rescue Ginger, he would have to come to face to face with his nemesis, Mr. K.

Thomas placed the microchip in the decoder and shone the image against the back wall. It was the blue print of a warehouse located at the edge of town. He studied the entrances, the venting system and then his eyes locked in on a specific room in the center of the building.

That’s where she is.

He remembered the first time he’d met Ginger at the academy.  Ginger stood a foot above everyone else. She was so tall her legs seemed to go up to her armpits. Despite her being long and lanky, Ginger was quite graceful when she moved. You couldn’t help notice but her.

Ginger was a legend at the ISA Academy. She could out run anyone, short and long distances. To this day, she held every record for running at the academy.

Everyone always enjoyed when a new batch of recruits arrived, because inevitably there would be one cocky kid who would challenge her to a race. No matter how many times they were told, they believed they were different from the other losers.

Everyone would gather around, even the instructors, to watch the humiliation ensue. It seemed each race was the same. The young recruit and his cronies taunting Ginger with verbal attacks and mockery. And Ginger not saying a word while she got limber by stretching her spaghetti-like legs.

Race time.

They lined up. BANG! They were off. It was always one of the most graceful displays of running. Ginger would cross the finished line on average 4.82 seconds ahead of her challenger. It was awesome.

The poor challenger thought the embarrassment was over when he got annihilated in the race but the best was still to come. As they would sheepishly make their way over to Ginger to congratulate her on the victory and apologize for their earlier rude remarks, Ginger would smile and give the kid a wink.

“No problem”, she would say. “Up top”.

Ginger would raise her arm above her head signaling for a high five. They would jump and swat at her hand looking like toddlers trying to strike a piñata. She was that tall.

Thud!

Thomas was jolted back to reality. He ran to the window and cautiously peered out to the street. He could see a banana-coloured 1968 Stingray Corvette parked outside and Mr. K was running into the building.

Thomas always found it comical that such an ape of man drove such a small car. His smile quickly faded away when he heard the pounding feet of Mr. K coming down the hallway.

The door flew open and there he stood. A beast of a man. Big and ugly. He had thick black hair everywhere. It covered his arms. It was escaping over his shirt from his chest.  It even seemed his eyebrows connected to his hairline. He was one giant hairball.

“We meet again,” said Thomas.

Mr. K grunted.

“The way I see it, we have two options,” Thomas said. “We can do this the easy way or the hard way”.

Letting out a huge roar, Mr. K charged. The impact threw Thomas back four feet and he landed hard on the floor. He shook the cobwebs out of his head and got back to his feet.

“You never make things easy, Mr. K. The hard way it is.”

Thomas launched himself like a torpedo towards the hairy beast, sending them both to the ground in thunderous heap. A melee of punches followed as they rolled from one end of the room to the other. Mr. K jumped up, pulling Thomas with him. Before Thomas knew it, he found himself being hurtled through the air like a toilet bowl being tossed into a dumpster on one of those home renovation shows.

He landed with a whimper. Mr. K stomped towards Thomas, intending to finish him off for once and for all. Thomas slew-footed the big animal bringing him down like a giant redwood. Boom! The ground shook.

Thomas jumped on Mr. K’s back and put him in a chokehold.

“Toooommmmmy. Where arrrrrrre you?”

The door opened and Mrs. MacDonald scanned Tommy’s bedroom. Blinds closed. Missing dresser drawer. Clothes everywhere. Sally’s giraffe, Ginger, stuffed in a large cardboard box. And Tommy had Koko the gorilla in his famous chokehold.

“Did Mr. K capture Ginger again?” she asked.

“He did! And he was just about to take me to her. Isn’t that right, Mr. K?”

Tommy’s mom smiled with pride at her son’s imagination.

“Maybe he can take you there later, Agent Thomas, because right now it’s lunchtime.”

“Grilled cheese and pea soup?” Tommy asked.

She smiled and nodded.

Yippee!

At the doorway Tommy turned, glaring with Client Eastwood eyes. “Until we meet again, Mr. K.”


Sean Hubbard left the corporate world after 14 years to start his own business as a Leadership Coach. He is passionate about people realizing their full potential and he has discovered there are common themes that hold everyone back. His goal is to take these relatable experiences and write stories that inspire people to overcome their specific barrier.  He believes with all the cast of characters he has met and the varying business predicaments he found himself in, there is a business fable somewhere inside him. Sean wound up in Brian’s class because he was inspired by his creative kids, Sam and Sarah, and encouraged by his partner Donna.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops, writing retreats, 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.