Saturday, September 18, 2021

In-person Writing Personal Stories class starting this September in Burlington

Writing Personal Stories

9 weeks of sharing and writing

Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 8:45 p.m.
Sept 29 – Nov 24, 2021
St. Elizabeth’s Church, 5324 Bromley Rd, Burlington, Ontario. Map here.

As we'll be meeting in-person, participants should be fully vaccinated. Note, this will be a very small class, which will make it more intimate, and we’ll also be observing any public health rules still effect. Also, given the unpredictable nature of the Pandemic, it’s possible this course will have to revert to being online.

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.

Our guest speaker will be  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 in 2020.  

Jennifer has also been published numerous times on Quick Brown Fox. For more on Green Ghost, Blue Ocean visit the distributor, Nimbus Publishinghereand visit Jennifer’s website   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. 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 all of Brian’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.

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