Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Congratulations to your fellow writers for winning a contest, getting published, launching a business, and getting signed with an agent!

Hi, Brian.
I’m thrilled to tell you that a story I wrote in your creative writing class has won first place in the Screamin Mamas Valentine’s Day contest. “You Can’t Keep a Good Many Down” will be published in their magazine in February 2017.
Thanks for all your help and support.
From one screamin mama,
Sharlene (Arnold) Walker
Yay, Sharlene!
Note: A new set of weekly classes start soon, with courses suitable for everyone from novices to advanced writers. Check out all six classes here.

Hi, Brian.
It's great news. I've been published on Shotgun Honey!  It's a flash fiction site that publishes crime fiction.
The story they published is called "Burnt Skin 'n What Not," by Brookelynn Berry.  Read it here.
(aka Brookelyn Berry)
Yay, Lisa. By the by, I love your bio: “A sweet doll face by day, a twisted mind by night…”
For information on submitting to Shotgun Honey, see here.

Michelle signing copies of Sally the Snake
Hi, Brian.
I would like to officially introduce my new business, Mother Nature’s Heroes! This is the combination of my storytelling/novels, children’s yoga and wildlife education.
If you have any questions regarding visits, etc, please feel free to contact me at: 
I’m so excited and thrilled that my dream has now become a reality! Thank you to everyone who’s stood by me, encouraged me, supported me and simply been my friend.  Thank you!
And visit on Facebook here.
Wow! And good luck, Michelle!

Ali McDonald of The Rights Factory,
Olivia's new agent
Hi, Brian. 
My daughter Olivia thoroughly enjoyed your How to get published  workshop, so much so that she sent her query letter to the Rights Factory kid lit agent (Ali McDonald), and now Olivia is officially signed with The Rights Factory. She is thrilled and I wanted to personally thank you since you were the first non-family member to encourage her writing. 
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. 
Congrats to Olivia, who will finish high school this year and, who knows, maybe get her first book deal!
Note: I have a couple How to get published  workshops coming up soon: on Saturday, Jan 28, 2017, in Toronto with Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy agency (see here) and on Saturday, April 22, in Midland, again with Stacey Donaghy (see here).
And I have a few Writing Kid Lit Saturday workshops and a weekly course coming up: on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin Uçar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press (details to come), on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior editor at Scholastic Books (see here), and a weekly Kid Lit class, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga (details here).

See my full current schedule here, including writing workshops, writing retreats, and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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