Thursday, March 31, 2011

Love Letters

Hi Brian,
How are you? I hope you and your family are well. It was nice to meet everybody in Owen Sound in the summer.

You may recall June Frost and I and my daughter, Alexandra, were at the workshop there. We were doing an exercise and you asked for ideas. One of the ideas was to write about four boys and a coffin. Alexandra took off with that and wrote a short story then and there.

Later in the fall we heard about the Youth Film Festival in Owen Sound where youth could submit films for the competition. Alexandra rewrote her story into a screenplay, found some actors from her class and then filmed and produced the movie Unbearable Guilt. It was shown last month at the Galaxy Theatre as part of the Owen Sound Youth Film Festival.

Thought you might like to know. It’s interesting how one idea leads to another and another...
Take care,
Carla McLaughlin

Hi, Brian!
Just found out this morning I'm a finalist in the National Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Contest for unpublished writers in the Novel with Strong Romantic Elements category. My feet haven't yet touched the ground!!! And I can't even tell you where my head is at!

Thanks for your continual encouragement, Brian. You're a real blessing in an industry of eternal rejection.

Arlene McFarlane

Note: For those of you who don’t know: the Rita Awards and the Golden Hearts are the Oscars of romance publishing. Winners in the unpublished category seldom stay unpublished for long. - Brian

See my current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, Orangeville, Gravenhurst in Muskoka, Peterborough, Kingston, London, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

1 comment:

  1. For screenwriting, see Kal Bashir's hero's journey work at


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