Thursday, November 21, 2019

A new book of poetry by ElizabethCrocket: Wondering What's Next


Hi, Brian.
My latest poetry collection is out! And I also found out that my picture book, Happy Haiku, is available in Central Library in Burlington. A good day!
Anyway. here's the info….
Elizabeth's latest poetry book, Wondering What's Next, published by Cyberwit.net is a compilation of her short form poetry, including haiku, senryu (a "cousin" of haiku, but more about human behaviour) and haibun (prose that is accompanied by a haiku).  
In this poetry collection we find that several poems reveal a passionate concreteness of imagery and a rich allusiveness. The poetic qualities that touch the human heart are visible here. The poet's ardent romantic imagination and tones of passionate feeling are evident in this remarkable collection.
It is available through Cyberwit.net here
or can be pre-ordered worldwide on Amazon here
This is the bio from Cyberwit:
Elizabeth Crocket is a Canadian author and poet. Her Japanese short form poetry has been published in many outstanding journals, including Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Mayfly, The Heron’s Nest and more {including her very first piece in Quick Brown Fox}. Elizabeth has two Japanese short form chapbooks published with Red Moon Press. One of them, Not Like Fred and Ginger, was shortlisted for the prestigious American Haiku Foundation Touchstone Distinguished Book Award.
Elizabeth also composes photo-haiga, and won the 2nd Annual Jane Reichhold Memorial Contest in the photographic category. She has a children s picture book, Happy Haiku, published with Crimson Cloak Publishing, that is available worldwide. She has a page in the American Haiku Registry, The Living Senryu Anthology, and The Haiku Living Anthology. Elizabeth also writes women s fiction, and has six grandchildren she loves to the moon and back.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support and interest, Brian. It is so very appreciated.
Best always,
Liz
(Elizabeth Crocket)

See Brian Henry’s 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.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Intensive Creative Writing courses, Jan 15 – March 11 in Burlington and Jan 17 – March 13 in Toronto


Intensive Creative Writing
Offered in two locations:
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
January 15 – March 11, 2020
First reading emailed Jan 8
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church, 5324 Bromley Road Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
And
Friday mornings, 10:15 – 12:30
January 17 – March 13, 2020
First reading emailed Jan 10
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave,  Toronto, Ontario (Map here.)
Intensive Creative Writing isn't for beginners; it's 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 nine weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in four 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.
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).

Fee: $184.96 + 13% hst = $209
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

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.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

“Today’s Special at Starbucks” by Carolann Schatti



We got up super early to get that Starbuck’s Special Editions Holiday Cup. I did it for my daughters’ benefit. I don’t even like Starbucks coffee.

We arrived precariously ahead of the masses. At 7:00 a.m. we placed our orders with the overworked, (and underpaid) barista. At 7:10 a.m. . all three of us sleepy-headed ladies were in the queue waiting the call of my name signaling the “grande” finale of our completed beverages.

At last a barista called out “Carol!”

Ha, I thought to myself, how very Christmas friendly is my name! How appropriate. Surely there was enough free holiday cups left to house each of our drinks? My Eggnog Latte Grande came to me first, (a first for me in the history of going anywhere for anything with my daughters!). I proudly sauntered past the now enormously grown line-up of wanna be getting my Starbucks holiday cup.

The woman nearest to me, positively glared at me while I put the finishing touches into my coffee at the bar. I knew what she was thinking: “Damn! That chick got a holiday cup – what about me? Am I gonna get mine? Do I need to grab hers and run?”

I looked back over my shoulder to check on my teenage chicks. They were both glowing with happiness as they found their way to the “fixer upper” coffee bar I was standing at. My daughter walked towards me and approached the stand to add some more cinnamon to her Caramel-Mocha Java.

Her sister behind her laughed out loud while catching my eye. “Mama! I got the cup!
Green Tea Iced Matcha,” she added.

I knew what she meant – hers was a healthier choice – most certainly not “diabetes in a cup,” a phrase I’d often used for any beverage made and purchased outside our home.

As we pushed our way through the line-up blocking the exit door, I wanted to think I could be the cool mom rising, I wanted to think I’d been resurrected during this trip to Starbucks, once again the mom of their earlier childhood, the one they used to like.

My eldest daughter sat next to me while I drove us back to the house so we could get ready for work and school. She said: “Ma, what were you thinking? You ordered an Eggnog Latte! You broke the rule of never getting Eggnog before December.”

She had always been the listener, the observer, and the obedient one. I managed to sputter a line of truth, (not that she cared); “I only meant no eggnog in the carton bought from the grocery store until December.” My excuse was met with an exaggerated eye-roll, the shrug, the “whatever” sort of body language that both daughters have perfected lately.

As we rolled into our driveway, my younger teen startled me. She’s the quiet one and for a moment I’d forgotten she was there. She said, “Thank you, Mama.”

“You’re welcome,” I said as I fought back tears and thought to myself, Thank you, Starbucks.

Carolann Schatti is enjoying some of her spare time to write about her various adventures with friends and family. She resides in Stoney Creek, Ontario and lives with her two teen daughters, husband and standard poodles.

See Brian Henry’s 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, November 18, 2019

Next Step in Creative Writing course, Tuesday afternoons, Jan 21 – March 31, in Burlington


Next Step in Creative Writing
10 weeks of growth as a writer
Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45
January 21 – March 31, 2020 (No class March 17)
First readings emailed Jan 14
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church, 5324 Bromley Rd, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
Note: Also starting in January – have an Introductory class, Writing Personal Stories, and Intensive Creative Writing. 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.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

You're invited to 2 author readings: Sunday, Nov 24, in Toronto, and Saturday, Dec 7, in Oakville


Author Readings
Sunday, November 24, 2019 
12 noon – 4 p.m.
The Wallace Gastropub, 1954 Yonge St, Toronto (Just north of Davisville. Map here.)
And
Saturday, December 7,  2019 
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Adonis Mediterranean Cuisine, 487 Pinegrove Road, Oakville, Ontario (Map here).
At these readings, graduates of Brian Henry's writing classes get to strut their stuff. Come hear some of the most amazing emerging writers in the Toronto area reading some of the best work you’ll hear this year. This will be a fun get-together and everyone’s invited. Don’t miss it!
And if you want to read from your own work, email me, and I’ll let you know if there’s still room on the roster. (But you must arrange to read in advance; you can’t just show up on the day and hope to read.)
On Nov 24 at the Wallace Pub in Toronto, we'll begin arriving around 12 noon. We're taking over their upstairs room. Arrive for lunch by 12:15, or if you’re just having a drink or coffee and a snack, please arrive by 12:45.The actual readings will start at about 1:30 and we’ll go to about 3:30 / 3:45 p.m. 
On Dec 7, at the Adonis restaurant in Oakville, plan to arrive at 1 p.m. for lunch (or a little earlier if you want to beat the rush), or if you’re just having a drink or coffee and a snack, please arrive by 1:45. The actual readings will start at about 2:15 and we’ll go to 4:30 p.m. 
Note: Because we’re monopolizing their space, you can’t order just a coffee at either venue (or they might not want us back).
If possible, RSVP as soon as possible and let me know you’re coming: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
I look forward to seeing you all there! ~Brian

This winter, there's a whole new round of classes from Introductory to Intensive: 
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 evenings , Jan 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

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, November 16, 2019

Workshops soon: How to Get Published with literary agent Stephanie Winter; Writing Conflict; and Secrets of Writing a Page-turner

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.
Fee$49.56 + 13% hst = $55  in advance or $53.10 + 13% hst = $60 at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca


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.
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

Secrets of Writing a Page-Turner
Sunday, December 1, 2019
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Includes lunch!)
Arrive at 9:30 to check in and for coffee and snacks
Sho – Art Spirit & Performance Centre, 628 Monmouth Road, Windsor, 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: $65 in advance or $75 at the door (Registration includes lunch)
Register online here.
Or reserve a spot now by emailing brianhenry@sympatico.ca
And mail a cheque to:
Windsor International Writers
c/o Sho
628 Monmouth Road, Windsor, ON  N8Y 3L1


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. 
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.

Friday, November 15, 2019

A new book from contract from Harper Collins, a movie based on a personal essay hits the Toronto Film Festival – and much more to celebrate


Hi, Brian.
Hope all is well.
Great news – MIRA (HarperCollins) acquired another two of my books! Books 5 and 6 will most likely publish in 2021 and 2022, and are both psychological suspense.
Meanwhile, Her Secret Son (book 3, May 2019) became a Canadian bestseller, and we’re slowly gearing up for the release of Sister Dear (book 4), which will be in May 2020.
Exciting times indeed!
Hannah McKinnon
Oakville, Ontario
Note: Hannah’s books are available at bookstore everywhere and online here {including Sister Dear on pre-order}. 



Hi Brian,
Deb
I don't know if you remember that, during the Welcome to Creative Writing course in Oakville, you suggested I submit one of my essays to the Globe? I followed your advice and I heard back from them! My first published work. Thanks for the push :)
Deb Stock
You can read Deb’s First Person Essay, “Serenading Dad” in the Globe and Mail here, but you can also read it in Quick Brown Fox, with much better images here.
For information about submitting a First Person essay to the Globe and Mail (and to 21 other places), see here.
Note: This winter, I’ll be offering Introductory, Writing Personal Stories, Next Step, and Intensive creative writing courses. Check out the details here. ~Brian

Jill
Hi, Brian.
I’m pleased to tell you that Twelve House has decided to include my story “Sick Day” in an upcoming anthology titled Quirks. I’m not sure when it will be published (it could take a year or more) but wanted you to know since it’s a story you helped me with!  
By the way, Twelve House is looking for stories for several themed anthologies. They don’t pay but they don’t charge and copyright stays with the author. You might want to let your readers know about this opportunity. See here.
Best
Jill Malleck

Hello Brian,
I'm excited to announce that my short story “Gin and Vin's Last Ride” is in the Haunted anthology! The anthology is about vengeful female ghosts, and it’s available here.
I've taken your workshops in the past and they have been extremely helpful. Thank you for all the insight you've shared.
Take care,
Elesha Teskey
Note: Pen and Kink is continually looking for pieces for anthologies. For more information about submitting to them, see here.

Hi, Brian.
It's been a good month.
First the film made from my First Person essay in The Globe and Mail – Life Support – was featured at the Toronto International Film Festival. Thanks to Carousel Pictures for that exciting news!
Today I got the copy of Our Canada with another short story called “Holy Cow in the Kitchen.”
And I just heard from Our Canada that their February 2020 magazine will include my short story, “A Regal Encounter,” with a few of my Gray Owl pictures
If only I could find an agent for my YA novel, No Reception (insert laughing emoji because I don't know how to do it in Gmail).
Barbara Wackerle Baker
Note: At the writers retreat at the Briar’s Resort this November, we all watched Life Support, the short film that’s been made based on Barb’s first person piece in the Globe and Mail. It was fabulous! No wonder it’s making a splash at film festivals.
You can see the film yourself here {though unless you’re already a subscriber, its costs $1.99 for a week’s subscription to the Globe and Mail}.
For information about submitting a First Person essay to the Globe and Mail (and to 21 other places), see here.
For information about submitting to Our Canada, see here.

See Brian Henry’s 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.