Wednesday, September 12, 2018

This month: A Kid Lit mini-conference with 3 guest speakers and a Writing and Revising workshop

The Summoning, a YA novel by
Kelley Armstrong, a NYT bestselling
novelist & one of Brian's students
Writing for Children & for Young Adults
  the world’s hottest market
A mini-conference featuring three guest speakers:
  Kids Can Press senior editor Yasemin Uçar 
   Children’s author Kira Vermond
   and Young Adult author Tanaz Bhathena
Saturday, September 22, 2018
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oakville Central Library, Auditorium, 120 Navy Street Oakville, Ontario (Map here)
Note: A weekly course in Writing for Children and for Young Adults starts Oct 5 in Toronto (see here) and there’s a workshop Saturday, October 13, in Sudbury (see 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!
Note: Following the formal end of the workshop at about 3:45, Yasemin will stay around to chat with you one-on-one and Brian will stay till 4:45 to help with your opening pages.
Guest speaker Yasemin Uçar is a Senior Editor at Kids Can Press. Yasemin has been a children’s book editor for over two decades. She worked at Scholastic Canada before moving to London, UK, in 2001, where she worked as a Senior Editor at Piccadilly Press. In 2006, she moved back to Toronto and worked as a freelance editor for a number of years before joining Kids Can Press in 2012. Yasemin has worked with many popular and award-winning authors and illustrators, including internationally bestselling author Louise Rennison, Ashley Spires, Chieri Uegaki and Caroline Adderson.
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 Nationl Post, Chatelaine, MoneySense, CBC, Owl, and others. Kira’s Why We Live Where We Livewon 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 and Half-truths and Brazen Lies: An Honest Look at Lying. She’s currently working on two new books with Owlkids and Annick Press to be released next year. Kira will speak about writing nonfiction for kids.
Tanaz Bhathena was born in Mumbai and raised in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Toronto. She is the author of A Girl Like That (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018) and The Beauty of the Moment, (forthcoming with FSG and Penguin Canada, Feb 2019).
Fee: $49.56 + 13% hst = $55 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or $53.10 + 13% hst = $60 at the door
To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca



From one of my favourite illustrators,
Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Writing and Revising
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
St. Catharines Central Library, Mills Room
54 Church Street, St. Catharines, Ontario 
(Map  here.)

If you want to refine your story-telling skills and cut the time you will need to spend editing, this workshop is for you. You'll learn how to step back from a manuscript in order to find – and fix – flaws in your plot, structure, characterization and style. You'll learn how to rethink, rework and rewrite so that your manuscript will live up to your vision.

Special Option: You’re invited to bring the first 500 – 1,000 words of one of your pieces of writing. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you do, three copies could be helpful.

Workshop leader 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. 
You can read reviews of Brian's courses and workshops here

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: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He's the author of a children's version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 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 reviews of Brian's classes, workshops and writing retreats here (and scroll down).

See Brian's completer current schedule here, including Saturday writing workshopsweekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond..

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