Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Writing Great Characters workshop, Saturday, February 4, Dundas, Ontario

How to find or create great characters
An editor & an author share all
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
St. Paul's United Church, 29 Park St. W, Dundas, Ontario (Dundas is officially part of Hamilton, but don't tell that to Dundasians. Map here.)
We're in the Parlour on the 2nd floor. If you come early, you can get breakfast on the main floor for about $7.

Whatever you're writing – fiction or nonfiction – readers will care about your story only if they care about your people. In this workshop, you'll learn techniques for creating fictional characters and depicting real people. You’ll learn how to breathe life into the page so that your characters start telling you how the story should go.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He teaches at Ryerson University and has led creative writing workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he's helped many of his students get published, including guest speaker Jean Rae Baxter…

Jean Rae Baxter has written six books. She's published two short story collections: A Twist of Malice and Scattered Light (Seraphim Press), two young adult historical novels, The Way Lies North and Broken Trail (Ronsdale Press), and a literary murder mystery, Looking for Cardenio (Seraphim). She has also contracted  a third young adult historical novel, Freedom Bound, which will be published in the spring of 2012. Two of the stories in Jean's first short story collection, A Twist of Malice, were started as exercises in Brian's workshops.

Fee: $38.94 + 13% hst = $44 paid in advance
or $42.48 + 13% hst = $48 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve your spot, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian's full 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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