Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Great writing workshops (and weekly writing classes) starting soon

The Peterborough Public Library presents...
Secrets of Writing a Page-turner
Saturday, April 11, 2015
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Peterborough Public Library
345 Aylmer St. N., Peterborough, 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 by mail or Interac or 49 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email

Writing and Revising
Sunday, April 12, 2015
10:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Nepean Sportsplex, Hall E, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario (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 (1,000 words absolute maximum, though 750 words works better)
Fee: 46 paid in advance by mail or Interac or 49 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email

Stories in the North presents…
How to Build Your Story
Plotting novels & Writing short stories
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Registration and coffee: 9:30 a.m.
Workshop 10:00 a.m – 3:30 p.m.
Zion United Church, 224 Main Street, Thessalon, Ontario in Algoma (Across from the grocery store. 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: 50 includes lunch.
To reserve a spot now, email

Anne Shone, senior editor,
Scholastic Books
Writing for Children & for Young Adults 
~ the world’s hottest market ~
Saturday, May 2
10 a.m. – 4 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 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!
Workshop leader 
Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years and is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing Inc). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published. 
Guest speaker Anne Shone is a Senior Editor at Scholastic Canada. Anne has worked in book publishing for close to twenty years, concentrating on children’s books for the last fifteen. In that time, she has worked with many of Canada’s top children’s book authors and illustrators. Recent highlights include picture books: Fox and Squirrel and Shh! My Brother's Napping by Ruth Ohi; novels: The Opposite of Geek by Ria Voros; and myriad nonfiction titles at Maple Tree Press and Scholastic Canada. 
Fee: 46 paid in advance by mail or Interac or 49 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email

Five weekly Writing class starting in April (Details of all 5 here.):
"Exploring Creative Writing," Wed evenings, April 15 – June 17, Burlington. Details here.
"Writing Personal Stories," Tues afternoons,
April 28 – June 16, Mississauga. Details here.
"Next Step in Creative Writing,"
 Thurs evenings, April 23 – June 25, Georgetown. Details here.
"Intensive Creative Writing," Wed afternoons, April 8 – June 24, Burlington. Details here.
"Intensive Creative Writing," Thurs afternoons, April 23 – June 25, Burlington. Details here.

Read reviews of Brian's courses 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, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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