Saturday, April 14, 2012

Great creative writing courses and workshops starting soon

Exploring Creative Writing
~ Nine weeks of fun and discovery ~
Starts this Tuesday April 17, runs to June 12
12:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Unity Church, Unit 8, 3075 Ridegeway Drive, Mississauga. (More 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
Advance registration only. Number of attendees strictly limited.
To register, email 

"The Calling" by one of Brian's students:
New York Times #1 bestselling author,
  Kelley Armstrong
Writing for Children & for Young Adults

Offered in two locations:
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
London Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London (More here

Saturday, June 2; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oakville Central Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville (More here.)

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. Special option: Bring the first 500 words of your children's book or YA manuscript and get it critiqued on the spot. 
Fee: $44 paid in advance or $48 at the door. 
To register, email

How to Write a Bestseller

Offered in three locations:
Saturday, April 28; 1:00  4:30 p.m. 
Lions Club, 935 Sydenham Road, Kingston. (More

Sunday, April 29; 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
Jackson Creek , 481 Reid Street, Peterborough (More

And Saturday, May 26; 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
Gravenhurst Centennial Centre, 101 Centennial Dr, Gravenhurst (More here.)

This workshop will give you the inside scoop on what gives a novel best-selling potential. You’ll learn how to get readers emotionally involved in your story, how to raise tension, control your pacing and keep your readers turning the pages.  
Fee: $37 paid in advance or $40 at the door.
To register, email

“You can write great dialogue”

Saturday, May 5; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Forest Heights Library, 251 Fischer-Hallman Road, Kitchener (More here.)

For anyone writing stories, dialogue is the single most important tool. 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: $44 paid in advance or $48 at the door.
To register, email

"Instructions for an Inexperienced Lover"
by Amanda Leduc,
one of Meghan Macdonald's clients
How to Get Published

~ An editor & a literary agent tell all ~

Offered in three locations:
Saturday, May 12; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
With Meghan Macdonald of Transatlantic Literary Agency
Newmarket Community Centre, 200 Doug Duncan Dr, Newmarket (More here.)

Saturday, June 9; 10:30 a.m. – 4: 00 p.m.
With Monica Pacheco of the Anne McDermid literary agency
Four Corners Library, 65 Queen St E. Brampton. (More here.)

And Saturday, June 16;  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
With  Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency
Volunteer Hamilton, 267 King St. E, Hamilton (More here.)

If you've ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover everything from getting started to getting an agent, from getting your short pieces published to finding a book publisher, from writing a query letter to writing what the publishers want. Bring your questions. Come and get ready to be published!

Special Option: Participants are invited to bring a draft of a query letter you might use to interest an agent or publisher in your book. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you do, 3 copies could be helpful.

Fee: $44 paid in advance or $48 at the door.
To register, email

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

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