Monday, March 9, 2020

Congratulations to Claudette, Sue Wiilams, Rosalind, Catherine, and Sue Barr!


Hi, Brian.
My essay, “Are there lies we tell our kids out of pure love?” has been published in The Globe and Mail. You’ll recognize it; it’s one I brought into class to workshop.
Thank you for your feedback on it, and see you in the spring in the Intensive class.
Claudette Manzanares
You can read Claudette’s essay in the Globe and Mail here or, with way better images, on Quick Brown Fox here.
For information on submitting a personal essay to the Globe and Mail (and to 21 other places), see here.
For information about spring classes – starting in just a couple weeks – see here.

Hi, Brian.
In case you missed it, thought I'd send you my latest blog post in which I linked to your blog. I have very much appreciated your support of Ready to Come About since its release, and want you to know that!
Sincere thanks,
Sue Williams
Read Sue’s blog-posting, “A look ahead, a look back … with gratitude,” about launching her memoir, Ready to Come About, with all the attendant event and media, here.
How do you launch and promote a book? With plenty of events. Check out Sue’s next 18 or so scheduled appearances here.
Read more about Ready to Come About here. Order your copy here.

Rosalind Slater receiving a Women of Distinction Award
Hi, Brian.
Thanks for all your help with workshops.
My mother just got her short story published that you inspired her to write in your workshop last year in Guelph.
She’s very pleased – especially since it’s her 80’th birthday this week!
Thanks,
Hilary and Rosalind 
Hilary Slater Studio
Read Rosalind’s story, “Going All Out,” on CommuterLit here.
For information on submitting to CommuterLit, see here.
My next workshop in Guelph is How to Get Published, Saturday, April 25. Martha Webb, a literary agent with CookeMcDermid will be my guest speaker. Details here.

Hi, Brian: 
I just wanted to share exciting news that I've had my first writing win, 1st place in the One Book, One Aurora writing contest through the Aurora Public Library.  It is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of the novel I've been working on (and workshopped many years ago in one of your classes).  It's been published in the on-line edition of the magazine Borealis.  It's called “Laced Running.”
Thanks for the Quick Brown Fox newsletter. I am amazed at all the helpful information and great writing you are sending out.
Sincerely,
Catherine Boase
Read Catherine’s story “Laced Running,” here. See the online edition of Borealis here.

Hi, Brian.
I attended your last class in London, Ontario, and enjoyed it very much. I must admit, I felt bad that I never shared with you m publishing successes. You were the first writing classes I ever attended (in Woodstock) back in 2009. I've taken in a few more since then, all of them in London. So, now I'm going to share with you what I've done since 2009.
I sold my first book, According to Plan, in 2010. Following this, my publisher put out a call for quick novellas (targeting those who wanted a fast read over lunch and coffee breaks). I had four novellas published through this program, one of them going as high as #63 Amazon and #2 over all categories with All Romance Cafe (when they were still in business). This novella was in the top ten of most digital retailers for over six months. My publisher bundled my novellas into an anthology and I also collaborated in two other boxed sets. 
In 2014, I ceased writing under my pen name and began to self-publish under my own name. My publisher gave me back the rights to my books and I re-published According to Plan with a new ISBN and cover in 2015. I also changed it to a sweet romance.
At the time of this e-mail I have since published five other novels. The most recent came out in February 2020 (this is book three in a four-book series, with the final book of this series coming out fall 2020).
Through you, and the Toronto Romance Writers, I have connected with Sherry Thomas and Kelly Armstrong. This is a tight knit community and I love that most authors support each other and we are our biggest cheerleaders. 
Sue Barr
Author of Regency Romance with a touch of Austen
Melanistic fox
 ~ Big tail, cool colouring
My next workshop in London {Ontario} is coming up soon: “How to Write Great Characters,” on Saturday, March 28. Details here. ~Brian

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

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