Monday, April 2, 2012

Love Letters and Writer to Writer

Hi, Brian.
I did the “Exploring Creative Writing” course with you few years ago and I am delighted to tell you that one of the short memoir pieces that I wrote in your class just got published at
Here’s the link to it:
Maryam Jilani

Note: A new session of “Exploring Creative Writing” starts April 17. Details here.
For information about submitting to CommuterLit, see here.

Hi Brian,
I wanted to let you know that two of my short stories were accepted and published online for the Right Eyed Deer magazine (Issue 8). Both stories were written for your Exploring Creative Writing” course. “The Circus Needs Me” is on page 40 and “My Side of the Wall” is on page 48. They couldn't decide which piece to use, as they really liked both (which was a lovely compliment) so they asked me if they could both pieces.
Check out the magazine here.
Thanks so much, see at the “Intensive Creative Writing” course in June!
For information about all my upcoming creative writing courses, see here.
For information about submitting to the Right Eyed Deer, see here.

Hi, Brian.
I wanted to let you know, I had sent the story I showed you, "Butterflies", to the Writers’ Union of Canada’s Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers, and today, I had an envelope in the mail from TWUC.

The letter started out "Congratulations!" I turns out, "Butterflies" was one of just over 100 stories that made it to the second round. Very exciting – I've never made it to the second round in a TWUC competition before! They also included a constructive comment. When you critiqued the piece in the “ExploringCreative Writing” course you said much the same, but elaborated on the idea. So now I think I can make the story better and submit it elsewhere in the hopes of eventual publication.

Thank you for what you do – I really enjoyed the Exploring Creative Writing course and look forward to upcoming Intensive courses!

For information about all my upcoming creative writing courses, see here.
For information about all the annual writing contests in Canada, order the Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar. Just $20 at workshops or courses or $23.50 by mail. To order, email

Hi Brian,
I wanted to tell you two exciting pieces of news about books I recently had published.
I just received notice that my first novel, The Unraveling of Abby Settel, which was published by Turquoise Morning Press in August 2011, received an Honorable Mention for the Reader Views Literary Awards, in the Adult General Fiction/Novel category!

The cozy mystery novel that I co-authored, Buried in a Book (by Lucy Arlington, published by Berkley Prime Crime) came out in February, and in its first week of sales made it to the New York Times Extended List for Mass Market Paperbacks at number 32! My co-author and I are thrilled.

Although I still love living in Bermuda, I miss your stimulating workshops. And I do keep up with the Quick Brown Fox. It's a great blog.

Best regards,
Sylvia May

Note: I'll be leading "How to Get Published" workshops on Saturday, May 21, in Newmarket with Meghan Macdonald of Transatlantic Literary Agency (see here), on Saturday, June 9, in Brampton with Monica Pacheco of the Anne McDermid literary agency (see here), and on Saturday, June 16, in Hamilton iwth Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency (see here).  

Writer to writer
Hi Brian, 
Thank you for sending me your Quick Brown Fox newsletter!  I'm really excited about attending the March 3rd workshop in Toronto.
I am looking for a writer's group for people writing fiction/romance who live in Scarborough or Toronto area.  If anyone is interested in getting together, please email me at 
Thank you again, the information in your blog is wonderful and helpful!

Do you write Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Horror stories, and live in Toronto?
How would you like to join our Writing Group? Please contact us at:

The only requirements are that you are familiar with those genres, and that you take writing seriously. The writers in this group would be people not yet published, but whose aim would be just that. 

The objective is to meet once a week, although it might be every two weeks or more when we first start if there’s less than 5 people in the group.
Dear Brian,
I’m looking for a writing group or a writing buddy with a particular interest in writing for children (picture books, early readers, etc.)  I feel like I need to get out and bounce ideas of others. If you’re interested please contact me at:

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

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