Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Next Step in Creative Writing course, Sept 24 – Dec 11, in Burlington

Next Step in Creative Writing
10 weeks of growth as a writer
Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45
Sept 24 – Dec 11. (no class Oct 8 or Nov 5)
First readings emailed Sept 17
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church, 5324 Bromley Rd, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)

Other Creative Writing courses – Introductory, Personal Stories, and Intensive – are also offered this fall. See the details here.

The Next Step in Creative Writing is 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. 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.
Fee: $184.96 + 13% hst = $209
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

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 a review of Brian's various courses and workshops here (and scroll down).

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, 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.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Great workshops soon: Secrets of Writing a Page-turner, How to Build Your Story, and How to Get Published with literary agent Meg Wheeler


Secrets of Writing a Page-turner
Techniques for making any story more compelling
Saturday, August 10, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Unity Church, Unit 8, 3075 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, Ontario (Map here.)
Ever stayed up all night reading a book? In this workshop, you’ll learn you how to build that kind of tension.  And we'll help you put into practice the techniques professionals use – on every page and in every kind of story – to create drama and tension.
Fee: $37.17 + hst = $42 in advance or $39.82 + hst = $45 at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

How to Build Your Story
 ~ Plotting novels & Writing short stories
Saturday, Sept ember 14, 2019
1o:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave,  Toronto, Ontario (Map here.)
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.
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

A Measure of Light by Beth Powning
represented by WCA
How to Get Published
An editor & a literary agent tell all
Saturday, Sept 21, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 / 4:30 p.m.
Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Ave, Barrie, Ontario (Map here)
If you've ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this workshop is for you. Book editor Brian Henry and literary agent Meg Wheeler will explain how to approach an agent or publisher to give your book the best possible chance. We will go deep into how to write a query letter that will get you a yes. Bring your questions. Come and get ready to be published!
Special Option: Participants are invited to bring a draft of a query letter you might use to interest an agent or publisher in your book. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you do, three copies could be helpful.
And be sure to bring your elevator pitch! Following the end of the formal workshop at about 4:00, Brian Henry will be staying for at least half an hour and helping interested attendees, rewrite their query letters, while literary agent Meg Wheeler will be listening to your pitches. Agents come to these events wanting to hear what you’ve got and hoping to find authors they want to represent.
Meg Wheeler is an Associate Agent and International Rights Director with Westwood Creative Artists, one of Canada’s largest literary agencies. It’s also one of the oldest and most respected. Clients of the agency include Mark Sakamoto, Justin Trudeau, Yann Martel, Thomas King, Rohinton Mistry, Alan Doyle, Rosemary Sullivan, and Kyo Maclear.  There are seven agents on the team:  Chris Casuccio, Jackie Kaiser, Michael A. Levine, Hilary McMahon, John Pearce, Bruce Westwood, and Meg Wheeler.
Meg’s inbox is open to submissions of all kinds, but she has a particular soft spot for literary fiction, women’s commercial fiction, and the gamut of nonfiction. She’s also interested in young adult and middle grade fiction.
Fee: $38.82 + 13% hst = $45 paid in advance or $43.36 + 13% hst = $49 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 Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors. 
See reviews of Brian's classes and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including Saturday writing workshops, weekly 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.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Introductory Creative Writing course, Sept 26 – Nov 28, in Oakville


Welcome to Creative Writing
9 weeks of discovering your creative side
Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
September 26 – November 28, 2019 (No class Oct 31)
Oakville Central Library, in the auditorium, 120 Navy St,  Oakville, Ontario (Map here)

Other Creative Writing courses – Personal Stories, Next Step and Intensive – are also offered this fall. See the details here.

This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. This course will open the door to writing short stories and writing dialogue, writing in first person and writing in third person, writing just for fun and writing all kinds of things. 
You’ll 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.
Fee:  $176.11 plus 13% hst = $199
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

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 a review of Brian's various courses and workshops here (and scroll down).

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, 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.

Friday, July 26, 2019

10 places to send your novels, novellas, short stories, poetry, essays, travel writing, and more (Most of them pay)


Quick Brown Fox always welcomes your book reviews – or any kind of review. If you want to review your favourite coffee shops or libraries, babysitters or lovers (no real names please), go for it. You can read an essay about how to write a book review here and see guidelines about submitting reviews of any kind to Quick Brown Fox here
QBF also welcomes essays about a favourite book or about your experience of reading or writing. Read a few essays on the blog to get a taste of what other writers have done (see here and scroll down), write your own, and submit it to me at brianhenry@sympatico.ca


Fireside Press is looking for novels and novellas (20,000 – 120,000 words). Fantasy publishes speculative fiction and mystery. They are open to all genres as long as the writing is good.  They don’t pay advances, but Fireside offers royalties on sales of all books.
Deadline: August 31, 2019. Guidelines here.


Nowhere is on online magazine that also publishes a yearly print annual of its best stories. It publishes literary travel writing – narrative with a strong sense of place, character and time. They want “stories that didn’t just tell you where to stay and what to do in a place, but made you feel, smell, taste and hear it.”
Doesn’t pay but promises to make your piece look gorgeous.
Guidelines here.



Animal Wellness magazine of Peterborough, Ontario, is a natural health magazine for pets, embracing the entire holistic spectrum, from physical health to the emotional and spiritual well-being of your pet.
Welcomes unsolicited articles and story outlines. If submitting an outline, also send samples of your work. Articles should be 500 – 1,500 words. Pays, but rate not specified.
Guidelines here.

Gay is a new publication partnership between Roxane Gay and Medium. “We will be publishing work weekly, covering a wide variety of topics. We will also assemble ambitious, compelling quarterly themed issues. We are now accepting submissions, on a rolling basis, and look forward to hearing from new and established writers who possess original voices. 
Seeks cultural criticism; thoughtful, clever and beautiful personal essays; short fiction; original artwork and photography. See themes
Pays $1 a word for work up to 3,500 words in length. Prefers essays in the 1,200-word range, rather then 3,500 words.  
Deadline: August 17, 2019. Guidelines here.


Ruminate is a prestigious, reader-supported, contemplative literary arts magazine. “We invite slowing down and paying attention. We love laughter. And we delight in deep reading, telling stoties, staying astonished, and doing ‘small things with great love’ (Mother Teresa).” Seeks fiction under 5,000 words (Deadline: August 14, 2019); visual art general submission only between Sept 19 – April 14, but currently accepting submissions to their Kaolos Visual Art Prize; poetry, up to 5 poems and maximum of 10 pages (deadline Jan 15, 2020). 
Pays $20/page for poetry and visual art pieces and $20/400 words for prose. Guidelines here.
Ruminate’s Broadside Poetry Prize is also open to submissions: Two poems per entry, 10 to 30 lines each, $12 entry fee, Aug 18 deadline, prize $500. Details here.
Ruminate’s VanderMey Nonfiction Prize is also open: Essay or short memoir 5,500 words or less, $20 entry fee, deadline Nov 18, 2019, prize $1,500. Details here.
Ruminate is also looking for guest bloggers for Ruminate Blog. Entries are accepted year-round. Guidelines here.  

Third Flatiron Publishing, based in Boulder Colorado, and Ayr, Scotland, publishes digital science fiction and fantasy anthologies, with accompanying print editions. They are currently looking for short stories, 1,500 – 3,000 words on the theme of Longevity.  Pays 6 cents/word. 

Deadline: August 3, 2019. Guidelines here.
Climbers on top of one of the 3 flat irons near Boulder

Signal Horizon seeks horror and science fiction with a dark or weird edge. 
Pays up to 3 cents/word, capped at $90. 
Deadline: August 21, 2019. Guidelines here.


Luna Station Quarterly publishes speculative fiction written by women-identified authors. Men not welcome. Pays $5. 

Deadline: August 15, 2019. Guidelines here.

Apparition Literary Magazine publishes speculative fiction For the next issue it’s seeking poetry and fiction on theme of Euphoria. 
Pays $0.01 per word, minimum of $10.
Reading periods: Aug 15 – 31; Nov 15 – 30; Feb 15 – 28; May 15 - 31. Guidelines here.

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

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Writing Conflict: Fight Scenes, Dialogue Scenes & Love Scenes workshop, Saturday, Nov 30, in London

Writing Conflict: Fight scenes, Dialogue scenes & Love scenes
Saturday, November 30, 2019
1 – 4 p.m.
London Central Library, Stevenson & Hunt Room B, 251 Dundas St, London, Ontario (Map here).

This workshop is geared to both beginners and more experienced writers. We'll look at how to create the most difficult scenes of all: the fight scene, the dialogue scene, and the love scene.  You’ll learn how to use great dialogue and how to mix it with your narrative so that the interaction between your characters comes alive, and you'll go home with some of the best tricks of the trade so that you'll never write a lifeless scene again.
  
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 Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors. 
See reviews of Brian's classes and workshops here.

Fee: $37.17 + hst = $42 paid in advance or $39.82 + hst = $45 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s complete current schedule here including writing workshops, weekly 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.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

New book: Across a Narrow Strait by Sharon McInnes


Hi Brian,
I would be delighted if you would tell your readers about my novel Across a Narrow Strait.
Thanks Brian!
Sharon McInnes

Across a Narrow Strait by Sharon McInnes
Life can change in the blink of an eye – a sister is born with disabilities, a plane crashes into a mountain, long-dormant cancer cells awaken. Is it chance – or destiny? At fifty, Anna begins to wonder. Then, nine months after her much-loved husband dies, she takes things into her own hands, leaves behind the sister she’s always felt responsible for and moves from downtown Vancouver to Kingfisher, a supposedly tranquil island in the Salish Sea.
On Kingfisher, under the influence of her new friend Sam, Anna becomes fascinated with birds. Soon she finds herself in the middle of a volatile community controversy over the Black-tailed Deer that threaten native species, including ground-nesting birds. Later, wanting to support her environmentally conscious teenage grandson, Anna is drawn into an even bigger battle – against the GreenGate Pipeline – one that takes her life in a direction she never could have predicted.
Available on Amazon here, on Kobo here, and on Kindle here.

5-star Amazon reviews:
Deeply human characters and experiences – The book is set primarily on a fictitious Gulf Island off the BC coast and explores a few years in the life of Anna, a widow who moves there. The characters are beautifully constructed, the events very life-like, and the challenges both familiar and complex. The changes Anna undergoes in her new location are beautifully described and moving. A fast read, yet thoughtful and filled with unexpected turns. I loved this book. (Gary D. Prideaux)
Sharon
Highly recommended to anyone who has a heart – This is a delightful story, beautifully crafted. In much the same way that Anne Tyler has captivated millions of readers over so many years, Sharon McInnes’ heart-warming tale of the ordinary lives of ordinary people shows that no-one is really ordinary and everyone’s life is entirely their own, in big and small ways that create pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow and a multitude of other emotions that make our so-called ‘ordinary’ lives unique. 
The human frailties which complicate our relationships with family and friends is clearly on display here and I was surprised at how the author’s honest re-counting of things not said or done that should have been, and things said and done that should not, often brought an unexpected upswell of emotion that reminded me that I was still very much alive and had a heart. (Paul Ryan)
Complex characters with real-life issues – After the death of her husband, Anna suddenly moves to a small island in the "Salish Sea." She may be alone but she brings her complicated relationships with her family and friends in Vancouver with her and finds that her new island friends aren't any easier. Each character in this book is unique -- no stereotypes here! -- and every relationship rings true. The changes that Anna goes through and the insights she gains along the way make this book a real page turner. I really liked it! (Patricia Macdonald)

Note: If you’ve had a story or a book published, if you’ve won or placed in a writing contest, if you’ve gotten yourself an agent, or if you have any other news, send me an email so I can share your success. And be sure to let know if you're looking for a writers' group or beta readers; a notice in Quick Brown Fox, will help you find them. Email me at brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s complete current schedule here including writing workshops, weekly 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.