Friday, January 21, 2022

Congratulations to Tanya, Alyson, Vanessa, and Evangelene!

If you’ve had a story (or a book!) published, if you’ve won or placed in a writing contest, if you’ve gotten yourself an agent, or if you have any other news, send me an email so I can share your success. And be sure to let know if you're looking for a writers' group or beta readers; a notice in Quick Brown Fox, will help you find them. 

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Dear Brian,

Thank you for hosting another great workshop! I took another of your workshops in the spring, Writing for Children, with Liz Kemp from Orca Books as the guest speaker. Since then, I have secured a publishing deal with Orca for a bedtime board book. I feel that is thanks to you and your fabulous workshops!!

With Gratitude,

Evangelene Alaraj

P.S. The launch date is April 11, 2023

Note: The next Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshop will be in February. Details will be announced as soon as I confirm my guest speaker. These workshop do tend to fill up quickly. If you want a space, send me an email, and I’ll hold a spot for you and send the details as soon as they’re confirmed. You can see details of the last Kid Lit workshop here.


Hi, Brian.

Hope all is well with you. I wanted to let you know that I submitted my “Sleep No More” personal essay to The Globe and they are going to publish it! 

It's been a goal of mine for many years to have an essay published there, so this is a big milestone for me. I wanted to thank you so much for all your help and support and for encouraging me to submit it. 

I don't know when it will be published but I will keep you posted!  

Wishing you and your family happy holidays and a safe and happy New Year. 

All the best, 

Vanessa Green

For information on submitting a First Person essay to The Globe and Mail, {and a 21 other places to send your work}, see here.


Hi, Brian.

Wishing you the very best of the holiday season, despite all the various restrictions on all of us.

This piece, “Christmas Eves” was published online today – a very special date as it is my daughter’s birthday, and the tenth anniversary of my sister’s death, both of which are outlined in the piece.  I workshopped this piece in one of your courses, and as always, the feedback was invaluable.

All the very best to you and yours for 2022. 


Alyson Soko

Read Alyson’s piece here.

At this point, all Winter courses are full. I’ll start posting Spring courses soon. Keep on eye on the Evolving Schedule here.


Hi, Brian.

Do you remember my essay, “Winter Rose,” about my daughter’s birth? I workshopped it with you in one of our online sessions. Back then, it was about my twin passions of writing and mothering. It went through a few more iterations and then this fall, it won second place in the 2021 Doula Foundation’s Birth Writing Contest.

Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt

Read “Winter Rose” here.

Tanya Bellehumeur-Allat is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Peacekeeper’s Daughter. Read more here.


See all of Brian’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.

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