Sunday, February 7, 2016

Love Letters ~ Where your fellow writers are getting published, plus

Hi, Brian.
Yay, Tanaz!
I am happy to announce that my young adult novel, Qala Academy will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers in the fall of 2017.
I hope you are doing well!
P.S. I need to thank you again for your excellent advice on my other novel in your Childrens' and YA fiction workshop. I've decided to put that novel aside for a while and work on something else in the time being.
Note: I'll be leading Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, March 5, in Burlington, with literary agent Monica Pacheco and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), on Saturday, April 2, in Barrie, with literary agent Rachel Letofsky (see here), on Saturday, April 30, in Guelph, with Yasemin U├žar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and authors Jennifer Mook-Sang and Kira Vermond (see here), and Sunday, May 29, in Ottawa with acclaimed author Alan Cumyn (see here). ~Brian
Just heard that a story I wrote last year about how Canada got the beaver as our national symbol has tied for third place in, of all places, Australia!
Here’s part of what they wrote:
Your story, “Beaver Resplendent” entered in the Story Quest Short Story Contest #7 has been awarded Third Place - congratulations! In an unprecedented step this year, we have decided to award 3rd place to two stories – one being yours. This means we have 4 award places for 2015.
I was very fond of this little beaver tale (groans permitted here) but it got no traction whatsoever with Canadian publications. I’m thrilled it has found a happy home at last.
Sally B
Note: You can read Sally's story here. And check out Story Quest magazine here.

Yay! My short story, “Cccoon,” is out today on CommuterLit. It's flash fiction and just had to be under the 500-word count to qualify. If you're in need of a quick read, check it out here.
For information about submitting to CommuterLit, see here. 
Hi, Brian.
Chicken Soup for the Soul was looking for cat stories and I submitted one I read at CJ's "Brushing my cat's teeth." Bottom line, my guy was adopted from the Toronto Humane Society, the most unfriendly cat you could imagine and an escape artist to boot. Extra life insurance would be a requirement before I even dared approach him with a toothbrush! 
The book title is My Very Good, Very Bad Cat, and it will be out on Feb 9th, 2016 in Chapters .
Many thanks for your encouragement and critiques over the last few years on my other writing endeavors during your classes.  Working on a rewrite of my first novel and trying to figure out the ending of my second. 
Connie Cook
My Very Good, Very Bad Cat is available in Chapters / Indigo as of Feb 9 or online here.
Writer to Writer
Good day,
I am seeking serious writers of fiction who actually write daily (more or less) and would like to socialize monthly, strictly to help one another get better at our craft. I live in Hamilton, and I find it hard to meet writers here who are serious about character building, character arcs, story etc. Most seem to be more interested in socializing. It would be great to co-write as well; that would be a great exercise with potentially amazing growth outcomes.
If you’re serious about writing and interested in getting together, please email me.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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