Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Workshops soon: How to Write a Bestseller with Kelley Armstrong, and Plotting Novels & Writing Short Stories

Kelley
How to Write a Bestseller
 With book editor Brian Henry
  & New York Times #1 bestselling author 
   Kelley Armstrong 
Saturday, October 26, 2019
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Waterloo Regional Police Station, Community Room
45 Columbia St. E. Waterloo, Ontario (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 Wherever She Goes, a thriller for adults and A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying, a  fantasy novel for middle grade readers. Kelley's mystery-thriller for young adultsAftermath, {published June 2019} is on the short list for an Amy Mathers Teen Book Award  one of Canada's major prizes for young adult fiction.
Bitten, a TV series based on Kelley’s first 13 novels, was on the air Jan 2014 through April 2016.
Fee: $43.36 + 13% hst = $49 paid in advance or 46.90 + 13% hst = $53  at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca


How to Build Your Story
 ~ Plotting novels & Writing short stories
Saturday, November 16, 2019
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph, 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


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, he's led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown, and he's the author of a children's version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 
But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors, including our guest speaker Kelley Armstrong. 

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.

Monday, October 21, 2019

How to Get Published workshop, Saturday, Nov 23

We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop
represented by P.S. Literary

How to Get Published
An editor & a literary agent tell all
Saturday, November 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 3:45 / 4:30 p.m.
(Open at 9:30 a.m. for registration & coffee)
Niagara on the Lake Public Library,
10 Anderson Lane, NOTL, 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 Stephanie Winter 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 3:45, Brian Henry will be staying to help interested attendees, rewrite their query letters, while literary agent Stephanie Winter 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.

Stephanie Winter is an Associate Agent at P.S. Literary. Established in 2005, P.S. is a growing Canadian agency with seven agents, representing fiction and nonfiction by debut and established authors. Stephanie first joined the agency as an intern before becoming P.S.'s Agency Relations Assistant. Stephanie holds a BA in English Lit from the University of Toronto and an MA in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London. 
Stephanie is acquiring both fiction and nonfiction. She particularly appreciates strong characters who bend stereotypes, genders and more. Within fiction, she’s actively seeking Upmarket, Commercial, Historical, and Women’s Fiction, and also urban and magical fantasies, cozy mysteries, dramatic comedies, light romances, and genre-bending narratives. Within nonfiction, she’s interested in Humour, Pop Culture, Pop Psychology, Memoir, cultural or event-base History, select Dessert Cookbooks, LGBTQ+ narratives, and essay collections.
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: $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

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.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

"Best Wedding Ever" by Wendy Simpson


 

Jess was pissed off. He had much better things to do with his Saturday afternoon. He still needed to take his skateboard to the shop for repair. His mom would have to give him money for new rear wheels. And he needed more guitar picks and new strings. He had homework too but even that wasn’t enough to get him out of this!
The pastor had called just before noon in a panic. There was a wedding at 3:00 and they were short an altar boy. Unfortunately for Jess, lucky for the bride, his mom had answered the phone.
She agreed immediately. “Of course. Jess isn’t doing anything today.”
So here he was, sweltering in a white robe made for someone much shorter, his scuffed runners visible under the receding hemline. His mom would not be pleased.
Jess really didn’t mind working the regular Sunday service. He and Steve, the pastor’s son, were the regulars at the 11 o’clock service, snuffing the candles and straightening the hymnals just in time to scarf free sandwiches and desserts from the After Service Coffee Chat. He was fast becoming skeptical about this God and unquestioning belief thing but the perks were good. Pastor Jim let him and Steve set up their skateboard ramps in the parking lot and they were even allowed to store them behind the rectory. They didn’t get chased away by the custodian at the school anymore, even though it was kinda funny when he freaked out at them.
The opening organ notes sounded and he realized he’d been miles away. 
“Jess,” said Steve. “We need to light the candles.”
Weddings were actually pretty easy and they usually scored a few bucks each.
Where’s your dad?” asked Jess.


“Oh, he’s not doing this wedding. Some old guy’s marrying them. He’s a family friend or something. I don’t know. My dad told me but I can’t remember. Reverend somebody.”  
“Great, that helps,” Jess replied.
“Whatever,” was the best comeback Steve could manage.
Jess settled into his seat to wait out the ceremony. At least these benches were cushioned. He wished he hadn’t had to leave his phone in the office. It was so nice out today. So sad to be stuck here. 
The organ music increased in volume and the wedding began. Jess had to remember to check out the bride. His mom always bugged him about it, although mentioning white, lace and any kind or colour of flower usually ended her interrogation.
Jess wasn't quite sure when things started to go wrong. He could see that everyone was in position. The guys at the front by the railing in their dorky suits were chatting. Only the groom looked nervous. At the end of the aisle he could see some girls waiting with flowers. But there was no minister. Steve slipped out quietly to find him. He was still in the office shuffling through papers. He looked up quizzically when Steve knocked and seemed a bit surprised when he reminded him about the wedding. 
“Yes, yes. I’m on my way,” he said without haste. 
The Reverend Clark ambled slowly into the church. He was much older than Jess had expected. He seemed a bit confused. “Crap,” sighed Jess. “This might take a while.” He really wanted to get out of here. 
When the pastor was in position he motioned for everyone to stand and the bride walked slowly to the front of the church. Jess noticed that the groom looked anxious and was really sweating.
Poor sucker, he thought. Must be the monkey suit.


Jess had totally tuned out again when he realized Steve was laughing – out loud! And now the old pastor looked really confused. 
“We’re here to witness the marriage of Helen and Robert,” he insisted loudly, obviously not for the first time.
“No!” shouted the groom’s father, walking towards the front of the church. “Reverend, we’re Helen and Robert.”
“What? um pardon?” stuttered the Pastor.
“You have the wrong names, George, uh Reverend,” said Robert, with as much calmness as he could muster. “Mathew is my son, remember? He and Jennifer are getting married today.”
Jess chuckled. These things usually went so smoothly. The guests were fidgeting. The bride looked like she was going to cry. The groom, wow, he was really red now, sweating and swaying!
“Sorry,” said the pastor, cupping his hand around his ear. “I forgot my hearing aid today. What did you say?” 
As Robert prepared to shout, the groom went down, not like crashing off a rail on a skateboard but slowing collapsing, melting onto the blue carpet and landing on the bride’s veil. Her head snapped back. She let out a whoop that was something between a shriek and a sob as she toppled backwards down the three small steps, taking out a bridesmaid on her way. 
It was a holy mess! But within a few minutes all was made right. Jess barely noticed how the actual cleanup happened, just that all was calm by the time he had fetched a glass of water for the bride, which the groom drank eagerly. Within minutes they were ready to try again. Someone had insured that the good Reverend was marrying the right people. The congregation was engaged, diligently hanging onto every word and movement as if collectively they could ward off any further calamity. All went well on the second attempt except now both the bride and groom were so pale they matched the wedding dress. 
After the service the best man handed Jess an envelope and mumbled something apologetic about best laid plans. “No problem,” chuckled Jess. “Best wedding ever!”

Wendy Simpson lives and sells real estate in Oakville. Although her university days are long behind her she’s never lost her love of reading. She is the mother of three adult children and three (soon to be four!) grandchildren. She travels as much as possible and loves to spend several weeks each year in Victoria and the Cayman Islands.

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.



Thursday, October 17, 2019

Writing Conflict: Fight scenes, Dialogue scenes & Love scenes workshop, Jan 18, in Oakville


Writing Conflict: Fight scenes, Dialogue scenes & Love scenes
Saturday, January 18, 2020
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, 15 Oakhill Drive, Oakville, Ontario (Map here.)

This workshop is geared to both beginners and more experienced writers.  We look at the most important part of all stories whether fictional or true: the fully dramatized scene. You’ll learn how to write great dialogue and how to mix it with your narrative so that the interaction between your characters comes alive. 
As a bonus we'll look at how to create the most difficult scenes of all: the fight scene, the dialogue scene and the love scene. Best yet, you'll learn some of the successful 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 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 he's 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.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Greenhouse Literary has three agents looking for authors, including new agent Chelsea Eberly

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
represented by The Greenhouse Agency

The Greenhouse Literary Agency

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The Greenhouse Literary Agency specializes in fiction for children: picture books to young adult. The agency also represents adult women’s fiction. Sarah Davies founded the Greenhouse and is head of the agency.  She created the business after moving to the USA from England in 2007, following a long career as a senior UK children’s publisher. {More about what Sarah is looking for below.}  The agency has three agents, all of whom are usually open to submissions, though until Nov 4, 2019, only one of them is, new agent, Chelsea Eberly….

Chelsea Eberly joined Green House Literary on September 30, 2019. Previously, she was a Senior Editor at Penguin Random House , she edited award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors such as Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Sarah J. Maas, Matt de la Peña, Mark Siegel, Julia Walton, and Jessica Cluess to name only a few. 
She has a deep understanding of how publishers think and is an expert advocate for her clients. Chelsea is also a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree, which recognizes “the rising stars of the US publishing industry.”
Like all new agents, she needs authors and is looking for stories that will stand out in the crowded US marketplace with depth and heart.
Chelsea Eberly represents authors of middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, and women’s fiction, as well as writer-illustrators of picture books.
Chelsea is primarily interested in fantasy, magical realism, contemporary fiction (particularly romance, thrillers, and humor), and graphic novels – though please surprise her with an excellent read that she didn’t know she needed. She has a soft spot for literary when there’s a strong plot propelling the reader forward. Like everyone, Chelsea would love to see projects from underrepresented voices. She is also interested in reads that thoughtfully address mental health and learning disabilities as part of the story but not necessarily the main focus. She is open to nonfiction with a unique point of view and/or a platform-driven project.
In Middle Grade, she is eager to represent an unforgettable voice and an uplifting take on the problems that middle-school readers face, especially if the story is told from a specific point of view that can act as a mirror, window, or sliding glass door into diverse experiences. She loves when authors tackle Big Truths in a heartfelt way. She is also on the lookout for memorable characters in action-packed fantasy adventures and humorous voices that can grow to become series juggernauts.
Lara's Gift by Annemarie O'Brien
represented by The Greenhouse Agency
In Young Adult, she would love to find a great love story, a unique fantasy world, and a heart-pounding mystery/thriller. She loves when authors are thoughtful about structure and voice; e.g. a ticking-clock timeline, a closed setting, a journal-entry format, Death as a unique narrator, and so forth. Ambitious projects with multiple commercial hooks and an empowering sensibility with feminist and social justice angles are a plus. She falls head over heels for any story that can surprise her.
In the Graphic Novel medium, she looks for Middle Grade and YA contemporary, fantasy, fractured fairy tales, unique retellings, and select historical/nonfiction projects if they have clear hooks. She loves when authors are mining their own experiences in an autobiographical or semi-autobiographical way. Hit her with side-busting humor or box-of-tissues feels. She has a soft spot for cats.
In Picture Books, she is highly selective, looking for writer-illustrators who can create a strong character, a clear conflict, and write with a humorous voice and/or a surprising twist at the end. Chelsea loves creators who understand the sense of community that being read a book aloud delivers. She is open to nonfiction if the story has multiple hooks and an evergreen, contemporary delivery.
In adult women’s fiction, Chelsea is extremely picky. She loves upmarket contemporary fiction with a feminist angle, a strong romantic thread, and/or a domestic thriller/mystery. Think Queenie, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Where’d You Go Bernadette, Ayesha at Last, Big Little Lies, and Where the Crawdads Sing as examples of her taste.
Include Chelsea Eberly’s name in the subject line. If you’re writing a novel, paste the first 5 pages of your story into the body of the email. If you’re writing/illustrating a picture book (no more than 1000 words), paste in the whole text and either paste in an illustration sample or attach ONE PDF with sample. If you are a graphic novelist, paste in the first chapter of your script. If you are also an artist, include a link to your online portfolio. If your art cannot be accessed online, attach up to 5 pages of art as one PDF.

Sarah Davies represents US and Canadian authors only. Sarah founded the Greenhouse when she moved to the US in 2007 after a long career as a UK children’s publisher, working with many internationally celebrated authors. She now divides her time between London and New York.
Sarah has been an editor most of her life and has considerable experience in contract negotiation, marketing and rights. Excellent publishing contacts in both the USA and Britain, and many years spent living in both countries, have given her an unusually transatlantic view of the children’s books industry, from both sides of the desk. Follow her on Twitter at @SarahGreenhouse.
Sarah is seeking fiction by North American authors, from Middle Grade through Young Adult and across all genres (note: she is currently closed to debut Picture Books but does rep PBs by clients whom she’s initially taken on for older fiction). She loves strong, hooky, layered plots, writing that is gorgeous but also conceptually strong, and stories that are really moving but make you think too. Like everyone, she is particularly seeking authors from under-represented backgrounds and stories with diverse settings and perspectives.
In YA, she is currently keen to find fresh, hooky, charming contemporary romance and rom-coms – but note, the hook MUST be strong and unique; smart, original thrillers that grab you from the first page but still have great writing; multicultural settings and diverse #ownvoices authors and characters (she has a particular interest in the Middle East and France, but authenticity and #ownvoices are essential);  stories that deal with contemporary issues of immigration from an authentic perspective; magical realism – perhaps where the “real” is skewed by some other dimension; fantasy, especially by diverse authors, but there MUST be a hook that feels truly fresh and different to all the other fantasy out in the marketplace. 
AND FINALLY: there’s always room for something the market’s never seen before – whatever that may be!
In general, Sarah enjoys: interesting perspectives and structures; stories involving the ocean, ice, plants, science; intriguing mysteries; relateable history (the World Wars especially; NOT American Revolutionary War or Civil War), and richly portrayed characters and settings of all kinds.
In Middle Grade, she is looking for classic-voiced and heartfelt stories that offer a fresh take on the tropes of identity, independence, growing up (perhaps helped along by an interesting and different structure or point of view); adventure with a touch of magic or magical realism; graphic novels by author/illustrators who can create fab and fun young fiction. Again, she always looks for a fresh hook, matched by strong writing.
Additionally, Sarah is open to children’s/teen nonfiction projects that have a strong angle on a subject that jives with today’s concerns. Age-appropriate writing (and formats?) essential. She is also open, by referral, to women’s fiction — especially in the suspense genre.
Note: Sarah is closed to submissions until November 4, 2019.
When you do query her, include Sarah Davies’ name in the subject line. If you’re writing a novel, paste the first 5 pages of your story into the body of the email. If you’re writing/illustrating a picture book (no more than 1000 words), paste in the whole text and either paste in an illustration sample or attach ONE PDF with sample. If you are a graphic novelist, paste in the first chapter of your script. If you are also an artist, include a link to your online portfolio. If your art cannot be accessed online, attach up to 5 pages of art as one PDF.

Polly Nolan represents UK, Irish, Commonwealth and North American authors only.

Polly joined Greenhouse in June 2013 as our UK agent. This was after a distinguished career at many of the UK’s top children’s publishing houses, where she started as a Junior Editor and finished as a Publishing Director over fifteen years later. Polly made the move into agenting to do more of what she enjoys most – finding new writing talent, helping to develop great fiction, and achieving publishing deals for authors both new and established.  She has an enviable record as a talent-spotter and experienced nurturer of writers. You can follow her on Twitter at @NolanPolly.
Polly is seeking outstanding writing for readers up to YA. She is open to most genres and is always looking for those rare and wonderful novels in which she can lose herself completely. You know: the types where you start by thinking, I’ll just read this for 10 minutes and suddenly hours have disappeared.
Original, compelling story is key, as is uniqueness of voice. She is after novels that pull at the heartstrings, make her care deeply about characters that feel real but that also make her think. She believes that exceptional novels confound genres and so finds it easier to list what she isn’t searching for than what she is.  
So please do not send Polly “cross over” novels or books where the protagonist is a talking bird (though she does love a good animal story).  She would not jump on sci-fi (particularly ones with aliens for middle grade readers) and she avoids stories that feel didactic or earnest in their message.  At the moment, she isn’t looking for dystopian YA or fantasy YA.  
Polly represents a very small number of picture book authors but only where they also illustrate their work.  However, if you have an exceptional story to tell and can do so in a distinctive way, she can’t wait to hear from you.  
Note: Polly is closed to submissions until November 4, 2019.
When you do query her, include Polly Nolan’s name in the subject line. If you’re writing a novel, paste the first 5 pages of your story into the body of the email. If you’re writing/illustrating a picture book (no more than 1000 words), paste in the whole text and either paste in an illustration sample or attach ONE PDF with sample. If you are a graphic novelist, paste in the first chapter of your script. If you are also an artist, include a link to your online portfolio. If your art cannot be accessed online, attach up to 5 pages of art as one PDF.

See The Greenhouse’s full submission guidelines here.

Kelley
If you’re interested in getting published, now or sometime in the future, don’t miss our upcoming How to Get Published workshop with literary agent Stephanie Winter of P.S. Literary on Saturday, November 23, in Niagara on the Lake with (see here).

Also, don’t miss “You can write great dialogue,  Sunday, Oct 20, in Sudbury (see  here), How to Write a Bestseller with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, Oct 26, in Waterloo (see here), and How to Build Your Story: Plotting novels & Writing short stories, Saturday, Nov 16, in Guelph (see here).

This winter, a full range of weekly courses is on offer:
Burlington: Exploring Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons,  Jan 23 – March 19. Details here.
Oakville: Writing Personal Stories, Thursday evenings, Jan 23 – March 19. Details here.
Burlington: Next Step in Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, Jan 21 – March 31.
  1st reading emailed Jan 16. Details here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday eveningsJan 15 – March 11. 1st readings emailed Jan 8. Details here.
Toronto: Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings, Jan 17 – March 13.  1st readings emailed Jan 10. Detail here.
    See details of all winter courses here,
To reserve a spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Plus check out these writing retreats …
November at the Briars Writing Retreat
Friday, November 1 – Monday, November 4. Four days of creativity in a setting with the warmth of a country estate steeped in history while providing all the benefits of an extensive, modern lakeside resort. Details here. {At this point, it’s waiting list only for the Briar’s retreat.}
Relaxing at Arowhon Pines Resort
Algonquin Writing Retreat, Friday, June 5 - Monday, June 8, 2020. Four days of luxury and writing in one of most beautiful spots in Ontario. This is the area that inspired the Group of Seven; come and let it inspire you, too. Still lots of room. Details here.
To reserve a spot in any upcoming weekly course, weekend retreat, or Saturday workshop, email Brian at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses, retreats, 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, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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