Friday, April 3, 2020

Writing for Young Audiences: Picture Books to Young Adult Novels, Thursday afternoons, April 16 – June 18 , now online

The Calling a YA novel by Kelley Armstrong
a New York Times #1 bestselling author
and one of Brian's students

Writing Kid Lit
~ Picture Books to Young Adult Novels
Thursday afternoons, 12:45 – 2:45
April 16 – June 18 (No class June 4)
This course was going to be in Burlington, but will now be online and accessible everywhere. 
Also on offer this spring: Welcome to Creative Writing, The Next Step in Creative Writing, and Intensive Creative Writing. Details here.

What if Corvid 19 take over Canada, is there a contingency plan? Of course. Read the details here.

From picture books to young adult novels, this weekly course is accessible for beginners and meaty enough for advanced writers. Through lectures, in-class assignments, homework, and feedback on your writing, we’ll give you ins and outs of writing for younger readers and set you on course toward writing your own books.
We’ll have two published children’s authors as guest speakers: 
Author Sylvia McNicoll
Sylvia McNicoll is the author of over thirty books, many of which have garnered awards. Her most recent YA novel,  Body Swap, won the 2019 Hamilton Literary Award for fiction.  Crush.candy.corpse was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis YA Crime Novel of the Year Award, the Red Maple Award, the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, and the Snow Willow Award, and was selected as one of the Ontario Library Association's Best Bets and Resource Links' Year's Best for 2012. 
Most acclaimed, though, are her three middle grade books about fostering guide dogs:  Bringing Up Beauty, Beauty Returnsand A Different Kind of Beauty which won and were nominated for many children’s choice awards. See the trailer here.
In 2019, Sylvia completed her middle grade series The Great Mistake Mysteries by adding The Diamond Mistake Mystery  (see the trailer here). The three earlier books in this series were: The Best Mistake Mystery, The Artsy Mistake Mystery, and The Snake Mystery foreign rights for which were recently sold to Russia.

Author Kira Vermond
Kira Vermond is an award-winning writer with over 1,500 articles to her name. She has been a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, CBC and Today's Parent.
Kira is the author of five nonfiction books for young readers {with a sixth on the way}:  Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice (more here); Half-Truths and Brazen Lies, (more here); Why We Live Where We Live (more hereGrowing Up: Inside and Out (nominated for on Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Award); and The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash (which was my son’s and daughter’s favourite book  the year it came out, although my kids are four years apart).
Plus, coming in March 2020: Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular (more here).

Fee:  $176.11 plus 13% hst = $199
To reserve your spot, email:

Instructor 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 and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. Brian is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published. 
Read reviews of Brian's various courses and workshops here (and scroll down).

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

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