Monday, August 1, 2022

Congratulations to Lynn for her upcoming picture book with Pajama Press, to Evena for publication or her 100-word story, and to Nadja for her essays in TIME magazine

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 have picture book news to share. 😊 

My debut picture book, Dinos Driving, will be out with  Pajama Press on August 30th. This story is for kids ages two to five who love dinosaurs and cars. It's really a love letter to my son (now almost 6'2") who, as a little guy, loved dinos – so much that he wore the cover off his Dinopedia

The story is available for pre-order, wherever people buy books. If you would be willing to share the news, that would be great. Thank you!

Also, the manuscript I started plotting at the Algonquin retreat at Arowhon Pines Resort was accepted for the Pitch Wars contest, but there were no takers. I'm working on another Middle Grade story as I can't seem to stop myself! 

Lynn Leitch

Read more about Dinos Driving at Pajama Press here. Pre-order your copy from Chapters here or order it from your local bookstore.

If you’re interested in writing for kids, don’t miss the Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshop, with guest speaker Patricia Ocampo, Senior Editor of Kids Can Press, Sunday, Aug 14. Details here. And this fall, sign up for the weekly Writing Kid Lit class. Details of all fall classes here.


Hi, Brian:

Five Minute Lit posted my 100-word micro-flash story “Swimming Lesson.”

See you in class tomorrow.

Evena Gottschalk

Read Evena’s 100-word story, “Swimming Lesson” here.

For information about submitting to Five Minute Lit {and other interesting places}, see here.


Dear Brian,

My Childhood Under Fire,
Nadja's account of the Seige of Sarajevo
which she first published at age 14 is
available from Kids Can Press here.

I would like to share my second publication in TIME magazine in less than two weeks. 

I am very grateful, especially since this is a special tribute to my mom, Jasmina.

If you missed the first essay, here it is.

And CBC Radio and their wonderful producer Joan Webber and her colleagues have just created a beautiful documentary about my life called "The Siege Within." 

It's just under 30 minutes and it's so tenderly done. I hope you will find it compelling and impactful. As always, feel free to share! 

My thanks again to Joan, and to my friend J. Kevin Wolfe for the picture he took when I was 17, which is featured on their site.

Warmest wishes,

Nadja Halibegovich


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


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