Friday, January 5, 2018

Starting soon: Introductory to Intensive Creative Writing Classes

Exploring Creative Writing
9 weeks discovering your creative side
This introductory class is o\Offered at two locales:
Thursday mornings, 9:45 – 11:45 a.m.
January 25 – March 29, 2018 (no class March 15)
Woodside Branch of the Oakville Public Library, 1274 Rebecca St, Oakville, Ontario (Map here)
Friday afternoons, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
February 2 – March 23, 2018
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave, Toronto, Ontario (Map here)
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. We’ll explore writing short stories and writing true stories, writing in first person and in third person, writing technique and getting creative, getting down your very best writing and just for fun writing. The class has the same format as Brian's other introductory course, "Welcome to Creative Writing," but we look at different aspects of writing. With either course, you 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 reviews of Brian's introductory creative writing course here (and scroll down.)
Fee: 176.11 + hst = $199
To reserve your spot, email:

Writing Personal Stories
8 weeks of sharing and writing
Thursday afternoons, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
January 25 – March 15, 2018
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, 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.
Fee:  $159.29 plus 13% hst = $180
Number of attendees strictly limited.
To reserve your spot, email:

Intensive Creative Writing
Ten weeks towards becoming a better writer
Offered at four times/locales:
Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Classes run Jan 16 – March 20
First pieces emailed Jan 9, 2018
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington
Thursday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.,
Classes run Jan 18 – March 22
First readings emails Jan 11, 2018
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington
Friday mornings, 10:15 – 12:45
Classes run Jan 19 – March 23; first readings emailed Jan 12, 2018
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave, Toronto

Wednesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Classes run Jan 31 – March 21,  First readings emailed Jan 24, 2018
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington
Intensive Creative Writing 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 (or four pieces for the eight-week course). 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. 
Besides critiquing pieces, the instructor will give short lectures addressing the needs of the group, and 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. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding.
Note: Check out a review of the Intensive course
Fee: $176.11 + 13% hst = $199
For the 8-week Wednesday afternoon course:  $159.29 plus 13% hst = $180
To register or for more information, reply to this email.
To reserve your spot, email:

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’s has helped many of his students get published.
Read reviews of Brian's classes, workshops and writing retreats here (and scroll down).

See Brian’s complete current 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, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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