Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Great writing classes and workshops coming this summer

“Writing Your Life & Other Personal Stories”
~ A six-week adventure in writing ~
Tuesday afternoons, 1 – 3 p.m.
July 8 – Aug 12, 2014
Unity Church, Unit 8, 3075 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, Ontario (Map here.)

If you've ever considered writing your memoirs, your family history or just getting your thoughts down on paper, this weekly course will get you going. We'll reveal the tricks and conventions of telling true stories, and we’ll show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Weekly writing exercises and friendly feedback from the instructor will help you move forward on this writing adventure. Whether you want to write for your family or for a wider public, don't miss this course.

Fee: 105.31 + 13% hst = 119
Number of attendees strictly limited.
To reserve your spot, email:

“Writing with Style” 
~ A creativity workout ~
Saturday, July 12, 2014
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 
55 Ste. Marie Street, Collingwood, (Map here)

If you do any kind of creative writing, fiction or nonfiction, this workshop is for you. We’ll tackle the nitty-gritty of putting words on paper in a way that will grip the reader’s imagination. You'll learn how to avoid common errors that drain the life from your prose. And you'll discover how to make your writing more vivid, more elegant and more powerful.

Fee: 34.51 + 13% hst = 39 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 37017 + 13% hst = 
42 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email

“How to Write Great Characters”
Offered in two locales:

Saturday, July 19
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Caledon East Branch of Caledon Public Library
6500 Old Church Road (Regional Road 22), Caledon East (Map here.)
Fee: 44.25 + 13% hst = 50 paid in advance
or 48.67 + 13% hst = 
55 at the door
Fee includes a light lunch of pizza and salad.
Saturday, August 16
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Volunteer Hamilton, 267 King St. E, Hamilton {Map here.}
Fee: 34.51 + 13% hst = 39 paid in advance
or 37017 + 13% hst = 
42 if you wait to pay at the door

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 techniques for creating fictional characters and depicting real people. 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 been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

To reserve a spot now, email

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, 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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