Monday, October 1, 2018

Congratulations to Izzy, Blake and Barbara on getting published and to Jan for placing in the Galbraith Award contest

Yay, Izzy!
Note: If you’ve had a story (or a book!) published or you’ve placed in a writing contest or have any other news, send me an email so I can share your success and we can all encourage each other. And be sure to let know if you have something for "Writer to Writer" (you're looking for a writers' group or beta readers, for examples). Email me at:

Hi, Brian!
I just wanted to touch base and say that I really enjoyed your workshop in Bolton a few months ago!
 I also wanted to tell you that I have had 3 stories on Commuter Lit in the last 3 weeks!
 One of them, “The Canoe,” I wrote at your workshop. It was one of the challenges you assigned over lunch!
 Have a great weekend,
Isolde Ryan
Izzy’s author page at CommuterLit has links to all her stories (four of them now!). See here.
For information on submitting to CommuterLit, see here.

I had to share this with you.
It appears that I’m a semi-finalist for the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary !!!!   First time EVER!!!!
Jan Collis
The John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award is the best big-prize writing contest in Canada. It’s not well-known (except maybe to followers of Quick Brown Fox) and pays out a $2,000 prize. Details here.

Good morning, Brian,
I just had my first short story published. Every time I go to one of your workshops I come away with new tools and ideas that help me improve. Hopefully this is just the beginning.
Read Blake’s short story, “Pavlov Dawning” here.
For information on submitting to Contrary, see here.

Barbara taking it easy at the Algonquin Writers Retreat
Hi, Brian.
A bit of news from me – Nov/Dec Reader's Digest Our Canada will have my story, “Ski Day with Dad,” as it's feature article (with pictures). My dad is not nearly as excited about it as I am!
Take care.
Barbara Baker
Yay Barbara! I'm buying that issue for sure.

See Brian’s schedule here, including Saturday writing workshopsweekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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