Sunday, July 29, 2018

Congratulations to Corinne on a huge contest win, to Hannah on selling book #4, & to Jane and Richard on publishing short stories, plus a call for your writing experiences and personal stories

Corinne by BBIMAGERY

Hi, Brian!
I'm writing to you with the exciting news that an excerpt from Haunting Charlotte, my novel-in-progress, has won the 2018 Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction!
The award along with a $2,500 prize will be presented to me at the Toronto International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront in October.
As always, thanks for your support and encouragement.
All the best,
Corinne Clark
Yay, Corinne! 

Hi, Brian:
Hope summer is treating you well!
FYI, my story “Cooler by the Lake” was published today in The Penmen Review. Thanks again for such a wonderful Intensive class this spring. I will not see you in September but do want to return in early 2019, so I’ll watch for your registration notice.
Meanwhile, all the best,
Jane Finlayson
Read Jane’s story here. For information on submitting to The Penmen Review see here.
For information about writing courses starting this September, see here.

Hi, Brian.
I’ve just had a short story published: “Pink Bunny Rabbits.” It can be found in the July-August 2018, The Last Guru, issue of Down in the Dirt.
Kind Regards,
Richard Tattoni
Read Richard’s story here,

Hi, Brian.
Great news – it’s official!! Stellar agent and all-round Wunderkind Carolyn Forde sold my fourth novel The Other Sister to MIRA (HarperCollins). It’ll be published in 2020. (Novel #3, Her Secret Son is out in 2019).
Excited, who, moi???!!!
Thank you Carolyn!!! 😍 😍 😍 
Hannah Mary McKinnon
Hannah’s agent, Carolyn Forde is with Westwood Creative Artists (see here). If you’re interested in finding an agent for yourself, be sure to join us at an upcoming How to Get Published workshop. There’s one August 18 in Collingwood with literary agent Paige Sisley (see here) and another Nov 17 in Mississauga with literary agent Stephanie Sinclair (see here).
And, for sure, don’t miss the How to Build Your Story workshops where Hannah will be the guest speaker: on Oct 20 in Waterloo (see here) and January 19 in Oakville (see here)  ~Brian

Note: if you have any news to share with your fellow writers or you have something for "Writer to Writer" (you're looking for a writers' group or beta readers, for examples), send me an email at:

Writer to Writer
Hi, Brian.
Anubha's first novel
Peacock in the Snow
launches Sept 28. Details here.
After a few grueling and pedantic months, I was able to complete the design and launch of my author website.
 Of course there is still work to be done, but I am grateful for support that I was able to elicit within my circle of acquaintances and cronies - especially for the two blog pages that I am about to talk about.  
 I am writing with a request to all our readers to visit the website, with the hope that there may be something to get them interested enough to engage at any level, write, comment or respond.
A Writers’ Blog: This is a call for interaction, your comments and experiences on A Writers’ Blog. The transition from a Writer to an Author is a learning curve for many. Whether you are a debut author or a seasoned one, in today’s  push-button world of instant gratification, changing technology and discerning reader tastes there is always something to catch-up with. Being a debut author can be far more challenging than it seems, although few know what they are getting into till they are deep into the flow of things. There are additional expectations of engaging with various social media, building an author brand, networking , presenting and doing all the right things.
The Writers’ Blog is an interactive space where each new post shares nuggets, tips, tricks, questions and challenges of this process and invites fellow authors and writers to exchange their experiences as well.
I am calling out for anyone who is interested in sharing their thoughts and ideas, whether short or lengthy, to build a community of interaction and make sense of it all.
Tell-Tale: Share Your Story:  
This is a call for you to share your tale – any part of it – here.  
When I thought of building a website, one of the challenges that stared in my face was how to make its content relevant for the community of readers, writers, authors. What could I post that would resonate and stay in people’s minds and hearts. So I asked myself, what makes writers, story-tellers, artists, authors tick? And the answer that I came up with was : People’s lives, their stories.
Everyone has a tale to tell. And each tale has a message. 
So I decided to build an interactive blog which journeyed into the worlds of diverse, unheard voices through their incredible, brave tales with a hope to discover pockets of sunshine, heartbreak, triumphs and setbacks, all wrapped tightly around the way they told their stories.
This is a call-out to all of you to share any part of your story. We don’t know who reads and interprets your messages as inspirational, informational, entertaining, and gratifying. At the end of each tale is a question to ponder for the readers, something to take back from your story for them.
I look forward to hearing from you on my website here.
Or you can email me at:
Warm regards,  
Anubha Mehta

See Brian Henry’s schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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