Monday, July 4, 2022

Congratulations to Helen, Jill, and especially to Carleigh, who's landed a book contract with Kids Can Press

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. As writers, we’re all in this together, and your good news gives us all a boost. 

Also, 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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Hi, Brian.

I just got a call from Patricia Ocampo at Kids Can Press (who I met through your workshop). They want to publish my book!! I'm thrilled!!!

Thanks for helping me move my book forward – in all ways – you helped my writing style and gave me opportunities to share my work with publishers. Wow!! So appreciative of your help!

Kind regards, 

Carleigh Wu

Note: We have another workshop with Patricia Ocampo of Kids Can Press as the guest speaker coming up on Saturday, July 16. Don’t miss it. Details here.


Hi, Brian.

I’ve published a personal essay I wrote on birds and "nesting" in Globe and Mail. I first heard about publishing in the Globe in your classes, and was so proud of other classmates whose essays were published. And now, here is mine. Thank you for your support of writers.


Jill Malleck

Read Jill’s piece in the Globe and Mail here.

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

There’s still space in all the summer classes (see here), and if you’re interested in a weekly writing class for the fall, just send me an email, telling me the kind of class you’re looking for. ~Brian


Hi, Brian.

Being home from the writing retreat in Algonquin is a bit of a come down ("I have to make my own breakfast AND lunch AND do the dishes?  What sort of two-bit operation is this, anyway?) 

The letdown has been alleviated by an email from the Canadian Director of the Scottish Studies Foundation telling me that they are publishing “Sticks and Stones” in the next issue of their newsletter – that's the cheery tale of Cam and Egan, in which Cam starves to death – something that is physically impossible at Arowhon Pines.

See your smiling face in class on Friday!

Helen Patterson

Our upcoming retreat at Arowhon Pines in Algonquin Park is full, but there will be more retreats there next June and July. In the meanwhile, please join us for the retreat this September at The Briars on Lake Simcoe (details here) or for our retreat in October at Sherwood Inn in Muskoka (details here).


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


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