Friday, March 3, 2023

Online: Finding Your Voice workshop with guest speaker Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, Saturday, April 15

Finding Your Voice

Saturday, April 15, 2023
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Online and accessible wherever there’s Internet

If you do any kind of creative writing, fiction or nonfiction, this workshop is for you. What do publishers and agents all look for? Voice. We’ll tackle the nitty-gritty of creating a voice that’s all you while avoiding common errors that the drain life from your prose. You’ll see how to put words on paper in a way that will grip the reader’s imagination, and you'll discover how to make your writing more vivid, more elegant and more powerful.

On the technical side, workshop leader Brian Henry, will show how authors get their voice on the page through point of view, and will look at the strengths and weaknesses of first and third person narratives – and how you decide which to use.  

Guest speaker Laurie Elizabeth Flynn will address both the personal aspect of voice and the technical.  On the personal side, she’ll talk about finding and developing her voice, about switching gears between writing YA and adult novels, and will offer advice for writers developing their own creative voices. On the technical side, she’ll speak about voice in a multi–point-of-view novel and differentiating voices of characters in a large cast. 

Workshop leader 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 has helped many of his students get published. 

Read reviews of Brian's workshops, classes, and writing retreats here (and scroll down).

Guest speaker Laurie Elizabeth Flynn is a former model who lives in London, Ontario, with her husband and their four children. Under the name L.E. Flynn, she is the author of three young adult novels: Firsts (Macmillan), Last Girl Lied To (Macmillan), and All Eyes On Her (Macmillan Imprint label). 

Her adult fiction debut, The Girls Are All So Nice Here, (Simon and Schuster) was on the bestsellers lists in Canada for two months, was sold in 11 territories worldwide and has been optioned for television by AMC. She’s hard at work on her second adult psychological suspense novel.

When she’s not writing or taking care of her kids, you can likely find Laurie hiking in the woods, perusing thrift stores for vintage dresses, or bingeing on reality TV.

Note: The Girls Are All So Nice Here, All Eyes on Her, and Firsts are available from Chapters here, and Last Girl Lied To is available from Amazon here. Visit Laurie’s website here.

Fee: $40.71 + hst = $46 paid in advance by Valentine's Day.

After February 14: $43.36 + 13% hst = $49 paid in advance by mail or Interac

This workshop will be offered on Zoom. You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone with a mic and, preferably, a camera {i.e. a webcam}. 

To reserve a spot now, email:

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

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