Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Online writing classes this fall: Personal Stories, Introductory, Writing Kid Lit, and Intensive

Writing Personal Stories
9 weeks of sharing and writing
Tuesday evenings, 7 – 9 p.m.
October 13 – December 15, 2020 {no class Nov 17}
Offered online and accessible wherever there's Internet    Spaces still available!
If you've ever considered writing your personal stories, this course is for you. We’ll look at memoirs, travel writing, personal essays, family history ~ personal stories of all kinds. Plus, of course, we’ll work on creativity and writing technique and have fun doing it. 
Whether you want to write a book or just get your thoughts down on paper, this weekly course will get you going. We'll reveal the tricks and conventions of telling true stories, and we’ll show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Weekly writing exercises and friendly feedback from the instructor will help you move forward on this writing adventure. Whether you want to write for your family and friends or for a wider public, don't miss this course.
We’ll have a guest speaker for this course: Jennifer M. Smith, author of Green Ghost, Blue Ocean. This story of Jennifer’s 40,000-mile nautical adventure won the 2019 Pottersfield Prize for nonfiction and was published by Pottersfield Press this year. Jenifer has also been published numerous times on Quick Brown Fox. For more on Green Ghost, Blue Ocean visit the distributor, Nimbus Publishing, here, and visit Jennifer’s website here.
Note: All classes this fall will be held live via Zoom. To participate, you'll need Internet access and a microphone and a camera {i.e., a webcam} on your computer, tablet or smart phone.
Fee:  $176.11 plus 13% hst = $199
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Welcome to Creative Writing
10 weeks of discovering your creative side
Thursday afternoons, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
September 24 – December 3, 2020 {no class Nov 12}
Offered online on Zoom and accessible from anywhere there's internet  Only a space or two left!
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. This course will open the door to writing short stories and writing dialogue, writing in first person and writing in third person, writing just for fun and writing all kinds of things. You’ll get a shot of inspiration every week and an assignment to keep you going till the next class. Best of all, this class will provide a zero-pressure, totally safe setting, where your words will grow and flower.
Fee:  $176.11 plus 13% hst = $199
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Guest speaker Jennifer Mook-Sang
Writing Kid Lit
Picture Books to Young Adult Novels
Thursday evenings, 7 – 9 p.m.
September 24 – November 26, 2020 {no class Nov 12}
Offered online and accessible from anywhere there's internet   Waiting list only
This course is for adults {or teens} interested in writing picture books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade books, or Young Adult novels. This 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 Jennifer Mook-Sang and Kira Vermond. For more details, see here.
Fee:  $176.11 plus 13% hst = $199
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Intensive Creative Writing
Offered at three different times
Tuesday mornings, 10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
September 15 – December 15, 2020 {no class Nov 17}
First reading emailed Sept 8
Offered online  Only a space or two left!
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
September 16 – December 9, 2020
First reading emailed Sept 9
Offered online – accessible from everywhere – Wait list only
Friday mornings, 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
September 18 – December 11, 2020 {no class Nov 13}
First readings emailed Sept 11
Offered online – accessible from everywhere  Only a space or two left!
Intensive Creative Writing isn't for beginners; it's for people who have been writing for a while or who have done a course or two before and are working on their own projects. You’ll be asked to bring in five pieces of your writing for detailed feedback, including three long pieces. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on. 
Besides critiquing pieces, the instructor will give short lectures addressing the needs of the group, and in addition to learning how to critique your own work and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that the greatest benefits come from seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding.
Fee: $229.20 + hst = $259

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 current schedule here, including writing workshops, weekly online writing classes, and weekend retreats in, Alliston, 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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