Friday, September 16, 2011

Great writing workshops and courses starting soon

"Girl on the Other Side" by
Deborah Kerbel, one of Monica's clients
How to Get Published
An editor & an agent tell all
Saturday, September 24
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph. Map here.

If you've ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this workshop is for you. Bring your questions. Bring a query letter you might use to interest an agent or publisher in your work. Come and get ready to be published!

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing teacher for more than 25 years. He has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

Guest speaker Monica Pacheco is a literary agent with Anne McDermid and Associates. The McDermid agency represents literary novelists and commercial novelists of high quality and writers of non-fiction in the areas of memoir, biography, history, literary travel, narrative science, investigative journalism and true crime. The agency also represents children's and YA writers and writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.

Fee: $44 paid in advance or $48 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve your spot, email More details here.

"How to Get Published" will also be offered Saturday, October 22 in Elliott Lake as part of the Elliott Lake Writers' Fall Festival (see here), on Sunday, October 23 in Sudbury (see here) and Saturday, December 3 in Oakville (see here).

"The Calling" a YA novel by one of
Brian's students: New York Times
bestselling author Kelley Armstrong
Writing for Children
and for Young Adults ~ the world's hottest market
Saturday, October 1
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Community Room in Your Independent Grocers
290 First Street N., Gravenhurst, in Muskoka. Map here.

Whether you want to write the next best-selling Young Adult 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. And if you want, bring the first couple of pages of your children’s book or young adult novel to get it critiqued on the spot. Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He is also the author of a juvenile version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing Inc).

Fee: $44 paid in advance or $48 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email:
More details here.

"How to Write for Children and for Young Adults" will also be offered Saturday, January 28, 2012, in St. Catharines. Details here.

September will see the start of Intermediate Creative Writing classes in Mississauga (one on Truscott and one on Ridgeway) and in Burlington, and Exploring Creative Writing classes in Georgetown and Oakville, but those are all full, and I'm now taking registrations for winter courses...

Extreme Creative Writing
Eight weeks of creative growth
January 25 – March 14
at two locations:
Wednesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m.
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Drive, Oakville. Map here.
More details here.
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Unity Church. 3075 Ridegeway Drive, Unit 8, Mississauga. Map here.
More details here.

This course is for people who have have their own writing that they want to work on. Over the eight classes, you’ll be asked to bring in four pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. 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: $132.74 plus 13% hst = $150
These courses usually fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment.
To reserve a spot now, email:

Welcome to Creative Writing
Nine weeks of exploring your creative side
Tuesday afternoons, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Jan 17 – March 13

Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington. Map here.

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: $115.04 plus 13% hst = $130
This class will likely fill up. To avoid disappointment, register early.
To reserve your spot now, email

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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