Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Love Letters: Where your fellow writers are getting published and winning contests

Alice Munro,
Canada's best loved short story writer
Hi, Brian and classmates, 
Just had to share this good news with all of you, since you helped me improve "Nearly Forever" before I sent it in, and now it’s a finalist in Alice Munro Festival's Short Story Competition!   
I'm so thrilled.
Susan McCrae

Hey, classmates:
I figured that we were so fortunate that Susan was a finalist in the Alice Munro competition that it would bring good things to all of us. So I went to the website and lo and behold, discovered I too am a finalist!
So Susan, I guess both of us will be there giggling and holding thumbs, etc. What fun - and how exciting that two of us made it into the finals.
What a slice!
Thanks to all of you who listened to the story when I read it in class.
Marilyn Kleiber

For information on the Alice Munro Short Story Contest, see here.

The "Next Step" and "Intensive" creative writing courses are full for this fall, but I can put you on the waiting list in case a spot opens up or you can reserve space in the winter course. "The Next Step in Creative Writing" will be offered Thursday afternoons in Mississauga and Thursday evenings in Georgetown. "Intensive Creative Writing" will be offered Wednesday afternoons in Burlington and Wednesday evenings in Georgetown. To register, email me at:

I just wanted to share a nice article in the London Free Press about me and my books. Check it out here.
My dreams are coming true. 
Bev Irwin

Hi, Brian.
Thank you for supporting me all these years as I chose to stay with writing. I want you to be the first to know that I have been appointed the Writer-in-Residence 2013-14 to the Heliconian Club, Toronto, the oldest association of its kind in Canada. It was founded in 1909 to give women in the arts and letters an opportunity to meet socially and intellectually For those of you who want to know more, here is a link to the club website here.
Jasmine D'Costa
author: CurryIs Thicker Than Water, stories
editor: Canadian Voices volumes one, and two
editor: IndianVoices, vol. one

Hi, Brian.
I rewrote with all of the suggestions from you and the "Welcome" class and I’ve had another piece accepted to CommuterLit.
Your inspiration sure has fired me up!
Suzanne Burchell
Read Suzanne’s latest story on CommuterLit here.
For information about submitting to CommuterLit, see here.

There’s still space in “Welcome to Creative Writing” (see here) and “Writing Your Life” (see here). To register, email me at:

Hi, Brian.
Good news!  I was just informed that my short story "Beachcombing" has won first prize in the Eden Mills Writer's Festival Short Story Contest.  The festival runs from Sept. 13-15 and they've asked me to do a reading of my story on the 15th.  I'm so grateful for the opportunity (nervous but grateful :).
Thank you for all your advice, it has certainly helped to strengthen my writing.
Sandra Ziemniak 

Check out what’s on at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival here.
For information on their short story contest, see here.
And check out Sandra's review of Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern on Quick Brown Fox here.

See Brian Henry's 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, Orillia, Bracebridge, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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