Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Writing Memoirs & Other True Stories workshop, Saturday, March 24, Barrie

"Writing your life & other true stories"
Saturday, March 24, 2012
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Community Room in Zehrs,
472 Bayfield Street, Barrie (next to Wal-Mart, across from Georgian Mall – map here)

Have you ever considered writing your memoirs or family history? This workshop will introduce you to the tricks and conventions of telling true stories and will show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Whether you want to write for your family or for a wider public, don't miss this workshop.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He has helped many of his students get published, including our guest speaker, Ross Pennie...

Dr. Ross Pennie is the author of The Unforgiving Tides, a doctor’s memoir of Papua New Guinea (Manor House Publishing). He has also signed a contract with ECW Press for three medical mystery novels. The first of these, Tainted, won Arts Hamilton Literary Award for Fiction. Ross's second novel, Tampered, came out in May. At the workshop, Ross will speak on how to turn ordinary life into dramatic material and will answer questions about how he wrote his memoir and got it published.

Fee: $38.94 + hst = $44 in advance
or $42.48 + hst = $48 if you wait to pay at the door.
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.


  1. Hi Brian, I would dearly love to attend this Workshop in Barrie on March 24, so please put my name down. Many thanks,
    Elizabeth Young

  2. Elizabeth,
    Please consider yourself registered.
    In the meanwhile, have a look at today's blog's posting. You'll see I've put up your review of "Rumors of God."
    All the best for 2012,
    - Brian

  3. Hello Brian,
    I want to write an ebook that I can sell at my speaking engagements and then turn the material into a hardcover. Presently I am blogging my material. Is the course in Barrie on the 24th the right course to begin this journey?
    Have a look at my blog and tell me if this course will help.
    Thank you, Kat

  4. Hi, Kat.

    Nice blog! I've been thinking about seeing the Rum diaries, but I've always been wary of seeing movies about authors I like (or movies made out of their books), but I now I think maybe I will watch it.

    I think the workshop in Barrie should be an excellent place for you to start. Email me if you want to reserve a spot.
    You might also bring along a short (500 words or less) sample of your writing if you'd like an on-the-spot ciritque.

    You might also look into finding a writing group or a writing buddy.

    All the best,
    - Brian


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