Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Workshops soon: How to Write a Bestseller with Kelley Armstrong, and Plotting Novels & Writing Short Stories

How to Write a Bestseller
 With book editor Brian Henry
  & New York Times #1 bestselling author 
   Kelley Armstrong 
Saturday, October 26, 2019
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Waterloo Regional Police Station, Community Room
45 Columbia St. E. Waterloo, Ontario (Map here)
This workshop will give you the inside scoop on what gives a novel best-selling potential. You’ll learn how to get readers emotionally involved in your story, how to raise tension, control your pacing and keep your readers turning the pages. But you won't just hear about some of the best secrets of the trade; you'll learn how to apply them to give your own writing a sharp new edge.
Kelley Armstrong lives in Aylmer, south of London, Ontario, with her husband and three children. She used to program computers and attend Brian Henry workshops. Now she writes international bestsellers. Kelley has hit the New York Times bestseller list with both her supernatural thrillers for adults and her urban fantasy for teens. 
Kelley's principal publishers are Random House in Canada, St. Martins and HarperCollins in the U.S. and Doubleday and Little Brown in Britain. To date, she's published more than 32 books, most recently Wherever She Goes, a thriller for adults and A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying, a  fantasy novel for middle grade readers. Kelley's mystery-thriller for young adultsAftermath, {published June 2019} is on the short list for an Amy Mathers Teen Book Award  one of Canada's major prizes for young adult fiction.
Bitten, a TV series based on Kelley’s first 13 novels, was on the air Jan 2014 through April 2016.
Fee: $43.36 + 13% hst = $49 paid in advance or 46.90 + 13% hst = $53  at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

How to Build Your Story
 ~ Plotting novels & Writing short stories
Saturday, November 16, 2019
1:00 – 4:30 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: $37.17 + hst = $42 paid in advance or $39.82 + hst = $45  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, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University, he's led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown, and he's the author of a children's version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 
But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors, including our guest speaker Kelley Armstrong. 

See reviews of Brian's classes and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including Saturday writing workshops, weekly 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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