Monday, June 11, 2012

Great creative writing courses and workshops starting soon

How to Get Published
With  literary agent Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency
Saturday, June 16, 2012
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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

You can write great characters
An editor & an author share all
Saturday, June 23
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph (More here.) 
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 how to breathe life into the page so that your characters start telling you how the story should go. Workshop leader Brian Henry has helped many of his students get published, including guest speaker Jean Rae Baxter, author of six books, most recently Scattered Light, her second collection of short stories.
Fee: $44 paid in advance $48 if you wait to pay at the door
To register, email

How to Make Yourself Write
A creativity workout
Offered in two locations:
Saturday, July 14
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
World’s Biggest Bookstore, 20 Edward St, Toronto
Fee: $44 paid in advance or $48 at the door. (More here.)
Saturday, July 21
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Harrop Restaurant, 345 Steeles Avenue East, Milton
Fee: $47 paid in advance or $50 at the door. This is a special small venue. (More here.)
Let's get motivated! This workshop is designed to help you find the time and the inspiration to write. No more staring at a blank screen. Come to this workshop and give yourself a kick-start, and then learn how to keep going. This creativity workout will get your words flowing and help you make the breakthrough into the next level of writing.
To register, email

“You can write great dialogue”
Saturday, July 28
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The Community Room in Zehrs, 472 Bayfield Street, Barrie (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

Upcoming weekly creative writing courses:
(Best to sign up early, because these courses tend to fill up)

The Next Step in Creative Writing
12 weeks of creative growth
 Offered in two locations:
Thursday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45
Sept 20 – Dec 6
Unity Church, Unit 8, 3075 Ridegeway Drive, Mississauga (More here.)
Thursday evenings, 6:45– 9:00 p.m.
Sept 20 – Dec 6
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown (More here.)
This course will challenge you to take a step up in your writing.  The format will be similar to the  "Intensive" courses, but more easy-going. Over the twelve weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in five pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on. 
Fee: $160.80 13% hst = $193.  Payment in advance by mail or e-transfer.To register, email

Welcome to Creative Writing
Nine weeks of exploring your creative side 
Tuesday afternoons, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
October 2 – November 27
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington (More here.)
This course will open the door to 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 grow and flower.
Fee: $115.04 plus 13% hst = $130. Payment in advance by mail or e-transfer.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, Milton, Burlington, 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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