Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Great workshops soon: Plotting Novels & Writing Short Stories, Revising, Writing with Style, and Writing a Bestseller

The Neighbors by guest speaker
Hannah Mary McKinnon
The Oakville Public Library presents…
How to Build Your Story
Plotting novels & Writing short stories
Saturday, January 19, 2019
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oakville Central Library, Auditorium, 120 Navy Street Oakville, Ontario (Map here
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This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel and will give you the best tips on writing short stories. We’ll also look at where to get your stories published and how to win contests. Best yet, you’ll see how to apply the story-building techniques you’ve learned to your own writing.
Guest speaker Hannah Mary McKinnon is the author of The Neighbors, a dark, suspenseful  woman’s fiction novel published in March 2018 by MIRA (HarperCollins USA) and Time After Time, published in June 2016 by AVON (HarperCollins UK), a novel about love, loss and second chances that’s full of humour. Hannah’s third book, Her Secret Son(MIRA), launches May 28, and her fourth book, The Other Sister (MIRA),will come out in 2020.
At the workshop, Hannah will be speaking about the different trial and error approaches she’s used to plot her novels and short stories. She’ll also be sharing her story of her writing career so far.
Visit Hannah’s website here.
Fee: $43.36 + 13% hst = $49  in advance or $46.90 + 13% hst = $53  at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Writing and Revising
Saturday, January 26, 2019
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Albion-Bolton Branch, Caledon Public Library, 150 Queen Street South, Bolton, 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.
Fee: $37.17 + 13% hst = $42 paid in advance or $39.82 + 13% hst = $45 at the door
To pay in advance, make your cheque out to the Caledon Public Library and mail it to:
Attention:  Megan Renkema , Caledon Public Library, Albion Bolton Branch, 150 Queen Street South, Bolton, ON, L7E 1E3
Or you can pay in advance in person at any Caledon Library branch. 
To reserve a spot now, sign up online here.

Writing With Style
Saturday, February 23, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Waterloo Regional Police Station, Community Room, 45 Columbia St. E. Waterloo, Ontario (Map here)
Note: Writing With Style is also offered Saturday, March 16, in Mississauga. Details here.
If you do any kind of creative writing, fiction or nonfiction, this workshop is for you. We’ll tackle the nitty-gritty of putting words on paper in a way that will grip the reader’s imagination. You'll learn how to avoid common errors that drain the life from your prose. And you'll discover how to make your writing more vivid, more elegant and more powerful.
Fee: $37.17 + hst = $42 paid in advance or $39.82 + hst = $45  at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

How to Write a Bestseller
Portents by guest speaker Kelley Armstrong
 With book editor Brian Henry
  & New York Times #1 bestselling author 
   Kelley Armstrong 
Saturday, March 2, 2019
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
London Public Library Byron Branch, 1295 Commissioners Rd W, London, OOntario (Map here)
This workshop will give you the inside scoop on what gives a novel best-selling potential. You’ll learn how to get readers emotionally involved in your story, how to raise tension, control your pacing and keep your readers turning the pages. But you won't just hear about some of the best secrets of the trade; you'll learn how to apply them to give your own writing a sharp new edge.
Kelley Armstrong lives in Aylmer, south of London, Ontario, with her husband and three children. She used to program computers and attend Brian Henry workshops. Now she writes international bestsellers. Kelley has hit the New York Times bestseller list with both her supernatural thrillers for adults and her urban fantasy for teens. 
Kelley's principal publishers are Random House in Canada, St. Martins and HarperCollins in the U.S. and Doubleday and Little Brown in Britain. To date, she's published more than 32 books, most recently Portents, gothic tales for adults, Aftermath, a mystery-thriller for young adults, and coming in February, Watcher in the Woods, a thriller for adults.  
Bitten, a TV series based on Kelley’s first 13 novels, has been broadcasting since January 2014.
Fee: $43.36 + 13% hst = $49  in advance or $46.90 + 13% hst = $53  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 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 St. John. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published, including guest speakers Hannah Mary McKinnon and Kelley Armstrong.
Read reviews of Brian’s workshops, retreats and classes here (and scroll down).

See Brian’s full schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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