Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Great writing workshops coming soon: How to Build Your Story, Secrets of Writing a Page-turner, and How to Get Published

How to Build Your Story
Plotting novels & Writing short stories
Offered in two locales:
Saturday, May 9, 2015,  10:00 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
London Central Library, Stevenson & Hunt Room A
251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario (Map here. )
Saturday, May 30,  10:00 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph, 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 by mail or Interac or 49 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Secrets of Writing a Page-turner
Offered in two locales:
Saturday, May 23,  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grace United Church, 
350 Grove Street East,   Barrie, Ontario (Map here.)
Saturday, June 6,  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street,
Georgetown, Ontario (In the village of Glen Williams. 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 brianhenry@sympatico.ca

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“How to Get Published”
An editor & a literary agent tell all
Offered in two locales:
Sunday, May 31, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Accelerator, 717 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor,
Ontario (Map here.) 
Saturday, June 20,  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Unity Church, Unit 8, 3075 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, Ontario (Map here.)
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.
Guest speaker, Martha Magor Webb, is a literary agent, director and full partner at Anne McDermid and Associates. The McDermid agency represents literary novelists and commercial novelists of high quality and writers of nonfiction in the areas of memoir, biography, history, literary travel, popular science, investigative journalism and true crime. The agency also represents a certain number of children's and YA writers and writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.
Martha Magor Webb
Martha represents a growing list of writers, focusing on literary fiction, narrative nonfiction (including memoir and true crime) and ideas-driven nonfiction.
Fee: May 31, in Windsor, including lunch:  56 paid in advance, or 59 if you wait to pay at the door.
June 20 in Mississauga: 
46 paid in advance, or 49 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Sarnia to Charlottetown. He recently finished writing Bloody Christmas, a memoir of love and revolution (about the 1989 anti-communist revolution in Romania) with co-author Cecilia-Anca Popescu. The manuscript is currently under consideration with a literary agent. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published.
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, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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