Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Great workshops and classes starting this month

Writing Dialogue – the writer’s most important tool
This Saturday, January 15
~ Space still available ~
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Mills Room, St. Catharines Public Library, 54 Church Street, St. Catharines
Accessible to beginners and meaty enough for experienced writers, this workshop will show you how to use dialogue to make your stories more dynamic and dramatic. Fee: $48 at the door. More here.
To register, email

"Extreme Creative Writing"
This class is available at two different times and locales:
Wednesday afternoons, 12:30 - 2:45
January 26  April 13
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Drive, Oakville (more here)

Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
January 26 Apr 13
Sheridan United Church, 2501 Truscott Drive, Mississauga (more here)
(NB: Just 2 spots left in this class!)

This course is for people who are working on their own writing. Over the twelve weeks of the course, you’ll be asked to bring in six pieces to be critiqued. Besides critiquing pieces, I'll also be giving short lectures at the start of each class, addressing the needs of the group. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding. Fee: $193.  To register, email:
(Note: Though the first class is Jan 26, we begin with readings distributed by email on Jan 19 – so we're starting soon!)

Exploring Creative Writing
Tuesday afternoons, 12:45 – 2:45
January 25 – March 22
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington
In this course you'll explore all kinds of creative writing. We’ll visit short story writing and personal writing, children’s writing, memoir writing, and just for fun writing. 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 environment, where your words will flow and flower. Fee: $130. More here.
To register, email:

New York Times #1 bestselling
Young Adult novel by Brian's student
Kelly Armstrong
Plotting novels and writing short stories
~ an editor & an author explain it all ~
Saturday, January 22
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oakville Central Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville
This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel. You’ll also get the best tips on writing short stories, where to get them 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: $44 in advance or $48 at the door.  More here.  To register, email:

Writing for Children & for Young Adults ~ the world's hottest market
Saturday, January 29
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Forest Heights Library, 251 Fischer-Hallman Road, Kitchener
Whether you want to write the next best-selling children’s books or just want to create stories for your own kids, this workshop is for you. Learn how to write stories kids and young adults will love, and find out what you need to know to sell your book. Fee: $44 in advance or $48 at the door. More here. To register, email:

Note: Brian will also be leading "Writing for children and young adult" workshops in Barrie on February 25 (see here), in Toronto on March 5 (see here), in Peterborough on April 9 (see here), and in Kingston on April 10 (see here).

For information about all of Brian's writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.

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