Tuesday, January 6, 2015

4 great writing workshops and 6 great courses starting soon!

Secrets of Writing a Page-turner
Saturday, January 17, 2015
10:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Ave, Toronto, Ontario (Map here.)
Ever stayed up all night reading a book? In  this workshop, you’ll learn you how to build that kind of tension.  And we'll help you put into practice the techniques professionals use – on every page and in every kind of story – to create drama and tension.
Fee:  46 paid in advance or 49 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email:

How to Write Great Dialogue
The writer’s most important tool
Saturday, January 24, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown, Ontario (In the village of Glen Williams – map here)
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.  
Whether you’re writing fiction or memoir, you need to be able to write great dialogue and need to know how to mix your dialogue and narrative so that your characters come alive.  Come to this workshop and learn both the basics and the best tricks of the trade so that you'll never write a lifeless scene again.
Fee:  46 paid in advance or 49 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email:

Writing and Revising
Saturday, January 31, 2015
10:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Oakville Central Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario (Parking is around the back of the library and then up the hill a bit on Water Street, across from the Canoe Club. Map here.)
If you want to refine your story-telling skills and cut the time you will need to spend editing, this workshop is for you. You'll learn how to step back from a manuscript in order to find – and fix – flaws in your plot, structure, characterization and style. You'll learn how to rethink, rework and rewrite so that your manuscript will live up to your vision.
Special option: Participants are invited to bring a piece of their own writing (though you don’t have to!) If you do bring a piece, bring 3 copies of something short (750 words).
Fee:  46 paid in advance or 49 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email:

The Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library presents…
How to Build Your Story
Plotting novels and Writing short stories
Saturday, February 7, 2015
10:00 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Council Chamber, Stouffville Town Hall, 111 Sandiford Drive, Stouffville, Ontario. (Map here.)
This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel and will give you the best tips on writing short stories. We’ll also look at where to get your stories published and how to win contests. Best yet, you’ll see how to apply the story-building techniques you’ve learned to your own writing. 
Fee:  46 paid in advance or 49 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email:

Six creative writing courses starting in January
“Welcome to Creative Writing” 
“Writing Personal Stories 
“The Next Step in Creative Writing” (3 locales) 
and “Intensive Creative Writing.”
Details of all six courses here.

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor, writer, 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.
Currently, he’s co-authoring a memoir of the 1989 anti-communist revolution in Romania. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, 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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