Sunday, September 9, 2012

Upcoming creative writing courses and workshops

The Next Step in Creative Writing
12 weeks of creative growthThursdays, Sept 20 – Dec 6
(First readings emailed Sept 13)
6:45– 9:00 p.m.
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 with less reading between classes each week, leaving you with more writing time.  Over the twelve weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in five pieces of your writing for detailed feedback.
Fee: $160.80 13% hst = $193.  Payment in advance by mail or e-transfer.
To register, email

 The Next Step in Creative Writing is also offered Thursday afternoons in Mississauga, and Intensive Creative Writing is offered Wednesday afternoons in Burlington and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga. Those classes are all full, but to get on the waiting list or to reserve a spot in a winter session, email

Writing & Revising
Saturday, Sept 15
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Peel Art Gallery, Museum & Archives, 9 Wellington St. E.
 Brampton, Ontario (More here.)

In this workshop, you'll learn how to rethink, rework and rewrite so that your manuscript will live up to your vision.
Fee: $44 paid in advance or $48 at the door.
To register, email

Writing for Children & for Young Adults
Saturday, Sept 22
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(But note, the instructor will be around till 4:30 to look at samples of your work.)

Newmarket Community Centre and Lion's Hall
200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket (More here.)

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

How to Build Your Story
An editor & an author explain it all
Saturday, Sept 29
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cawthra Park United Church, 1465 Leda Ave, Mississauga, Ontario (More here.)

This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel. You’ll also get the best tips on writing short stories, where to get them published and how to win contests. 
Fee: $44 paid in advance or $48 at the door.
To register, email

Welcome to Creative Writing
Nine weeks of exploring your creative side
Tuesdays, Oct 2 – Nov 27
12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
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

Eutopia by David Nickle, one of
Monica Pacheco's clients
The East End Writers' Group presents…
How to Get Published
An editor & a literary agent reveal all
Saturday, Oct 13
World’s Biggest Bookstore, 20 Edward Street, Toronto (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. 
Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor, writer and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. Guest speaker Monica Pacheco is a literary agent with Anne McDermid and Associates. 
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, Milton, Oakville, 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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