Friday, May 2, 2014

Great writing workshops ~ coming soon!

“How to Make Yourself Write”
~ A creativity workout ~
Offered in two locales:
Saturday, May 3, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grace United Church,  
350 Grove Street East, Barrie (Map here.)
Fee:  44 paid in advance or 48 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve your spot, email:
Saturday, June 21, 2014
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Lions Club, 935 Sydenham Road, Kingston (Map here.
Fee: 37 paid in advance or 40 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email
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.

Carly Watters
“How to Get Published”
~ An editor & an agent tell all ~
Offered in two locales:
Saturday May 24, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Council Chamber, Stouffville Town Hall, 111 Sandiford Drive, Stouffville (Map here.)
Fee:  44 paid in advance or 48 if you wait to pay at the door.
To register, email
Sunday June 22, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Nepean Sprotsplex, Hall E, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa (Map here.)
Fee:  46 paid in advance or 49 if you wait to pay at the door.
To register, email

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.
Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing teacher for more than 25 years. He teaches at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Moncton, and he is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.
In Stouffville on May 24, our guest speaker will be literary agent Carly Watters of the P.S. Literary Agency. Carly represents a diverse list of fiction, nonfiction and children's authors including Globe and Mail bestseller Jay Onrait, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Julianna Scott, Danny Appleby and improv comedian Colin Mochrie. Never without a book on hand, she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents, including upmarket and commercial fiction, platform driven nonfiction, YA and select picture books. (More about P.S. Literary Agency here.)
In Ottawa on June 22, our guest speaker will be Maria Vicente of the P.S. Literary Agency.  Maria is the only literary agent based in Ottawa. Her reading preferences vary across categories and genres, which is reflected in her client list. She is actively looking for literary and commercial fiction, for young adult and middle grade books, and for illustrated picture books. In nonfiction, she’s seeking projects in the pop culture, pop psychology, design, and lifestyle categories. She likes literary writing, strong character development, and original storytelling formats. (More about P.S. Literary Agency here.)

The Awakening by New York Times
bestselling author Kelley Armstrong,
one of Brian's former students
“Writing for Children and for Young Adults ~ the world’s hottest genre”
Saturday, May 31, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Burlington Public Library, Centennial Room, 2331 New Street, Burlington, Ontario (Map 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. Learn how to write stories kids and young adults will love and find out what you need to know to sell your book.
Special option: You may, but don't have to, bring 2 or 3 copies of the opening couple pages (first 500 words) of your children’s book or young adult novel (or 1,000 words if that will get you to the end of your picture book or to the end of your first chapter.) If you’re not currently working on a children’s story, don’t worry, we’ll get you started on the spot!
Fee:  44 paid in advance or 48 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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