Saturday, July 22, 2017

Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshop, with literary agent Monica Pacheco, Saturday, Aug 12, in Collingwood

The Awakening, a YA novel by Kelley Armstrong,
a New York Times #1 bestselling author
and one of Brian's students
The Collingwood Public Library presents....
Writing for Children & for Young Adults ~ the world’s hottest market
An editor & a literary agent tell all
Saturday, August 12, 2017
(Originally this workshop was scheduled for July 29)

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie St, Collingwood, Ontario (Map here)

Note: Starting in September, I'm offering a weekly Writing Kid Lit course. See here. ~Brian

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!

Captain Monty Takes the Plunge,
a picture book by Jennifer Mook-Sang,
one of Brian's students
Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He teaches at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers and is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he’s helped many of his students get published. 

Guest speaker Monica Pacheco is a literary agent with the McDermid Agency.  The McDermid agency represents literary novelists and commercial novelists of high quality and writers of nonfiction in the areas of memoir, biography, history, literary travel, narrative science, investigative journalism, popular culture and lifestyle. The agency also represents children's and young adult (YA) writers and writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.
The McDermid agency's clients include distinguished literary novelists such as David Adams Richards (Winner of the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award for both fiction and nonfiction), Nino Ricci, Andrew Pyper, Michael Winter, Michael Crummey, and Alison Pick.
The agency also represents nonfiction authors, such as Charles Montgomery, Andrew Westoll, and James MacKinnon, all three of whom won the prestigious Charles Taylor prize for literary nonfiction in their years of publication. And the agency represents upmarket commercial fiction writers, such as Leah McLaren from the Globe and Mail, Andrew Pyper, Robert Wiersema, and Peter Darbyshire. 
Monica Pacheco joined the agency in 2008 and represents a growing list of writers, focusing on Young Adult, science fiction and fantasy, and literary fiction Her clients include Sarah Polley, Yves Meynard, Madline Ashby, Sarah Henstra, Irina Kovalyova, Janice Pook, Eli K.P. William, and Bram Stroker Award–winning horror writer David Nickle.

Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 if you wait to pay at the door

To reserve a spot now, email:
See Brian's current complete schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

1 comment:

  1. It does sound like a great opportunity for writers. Hope you'll tell us about it after it's over.