January 16, 2017
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Writing workshops:
“Writing and Revising,” Saturday, March 4, in London. Details below or here.
“Writing for Children and for Young Adults,” Saturday, April 1, in Windsor. Details below or here.
“June in Algonquin Writing Retreat,” Friday, June 2 to Sunday, June 4 or extend it to Monday, June 5. Details here.
To register or for more information about any course or workshop, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
See all upcoming classes and workshops here: http://tinyurl.com/d4fupgx
Read reviews of Brian’s classes and workshops here: http://tinyurl.com/kjglkpd
The 2017 Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar available now. See below or here.
Plus: My schedule, contests and markets for short pieces, books, book publishers,
where your fellow writers are getting published, news and whatnot, writers’ groups,
reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops, stories, essays, poetry and reviews, and
literary agents looking for authors
Note: Please forward this email to whoever might be interested. Thanks! – Brian
Writing and Revising
Saturday, March 4
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
London Central Library, Tonda Room,251 Dundas St, London (Map here.)
If you want to refine your story-telling skills and cut the time you will need to spend editing, this
workshop is for you. You’ll learn how to step back from a manuscript in order to find – and fix –
flaws in your plot, structure, characterization and style. You’ll learn how to rethink, rework and
rewrite so that your manuscript will live up to your vision.
Special Option: You’re invited to bring the first 500 – 1,000 words of one of your pieces of writing.
You don’t need to bring anything, but if you do, three copies could be helpful.
Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 if you wait to pay at the door
To register, please make out a cheque to Brian Henry and mail it to:
Brian Henry, 110 Reiner Road, Toronto, ON M3H 2L6
Or if you do on-line banking, you can pay by Interac.
To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Writing for Children and for Young Adults ~ the world’s hottest market
Saturday, April 1
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Windsor, Ontario ~ Venue to be announced
If you want to write the next best-selling children’s books or just want to create stories for your
own kids, this workshop is for you. Learn how to write stories kids and young adults will love and
find out what you need to know to sell your book.
Special option: You may, but don’t have to, bring 2 or 3 copies of the opening pages (first 500
words) of your children’s book or young adult novel (or 1,000 words if that will get you to the
end of your picture book or to the end of your first chapter.) If you’re not currently working on
a children’s story, don’t worry, we’ll get you started on the spot!
Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more
than 25 years. He teaches at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston
to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular
blog for writers and is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute
Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published.
Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 if you wait to pay at the door
To register, please make out a cheque to Brian Henry and mail it to:
Brian Henry, 110 Reiner Road, Toronto, ON M3H 2L6
Or if you do on-line banking, you can pay by Interac.
To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

The 2017 Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar – available now
Whether you’re a beginner or advanced writer, if you’re looking for places to send your work,
you should put contests on your list. The Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar is a book that
gives a full listing of annual writing contests in Canada arranged by deadline date. It lists
contests for short stories, poetry, children’s writing, novels, and nonfiction – contests for just
about everyone. The Calendar costs just $20 at one of Brian Henry’s workshops or classes or
25 by mail within Ontario (all taxes and shipping included).
Please make out a cheque to Brian Henry and mail it to:
Brian Henry, 110 Reiner Road, Toronto, ON M3H 2L6
Or if you do on-line banking, you can pay by Interac.
To order, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Stories, poetry, reviews, and articles
“The Gucci Gala,” satire by Andrew Szemeredy. See here.
“Last Call at the East Street Mission,” a short story by John Miscione. See here.
Read more stories, essays, reviews and poetry here: http://tinyurl.com/cdjey7l
Congratulations and Love Letters
Hi, Brian.
I’m thrilled to tell you that a story I wrote in your creative writing class has won first place in the
Screamin Mamas Valentine’s Day contest. “You Can’t Keep a Good Many Down” will be
published in their magazine in February 2017.
Thanks for all your help and support.
From one screamin mama,
Sharlene (Arnold) Walker
Yay, Sharlene!
Note: A new set of weekly classes starts soon, with courses suitable for everyone from novices
to advanced writers. Check out all six classes here.
Hi, Brian.
It’s great news. I’ve been published on Shotgun Honey! It’s a flash fiction site that publishes
crime fiction. The story they published is called “Burnt Skin ‘n What Not,” by Brookelynn Berry.
Read it here.
(aka Brookelyn Berry)
Yay, Lisa. By the by, I love your bio: “A sweet doll face by day, a twisted mind by night…”
For information on submitting to Shotgun Honey, see here.
Hi, Brian.
I would like to officially introduce my new business, Mother Nature’s Heroes! This is the
combination of my storytelling/novels, children’s yoga and wildlife education.
If you have any questions regarding visits, etc, please feel free to contact me at:
I’m so excited and thrilled that my dream has now become a reality! Thank you to everyone
who’s stood by me, encouraged me, supported me and simply been my friend. Thank you!
And visit on Facebook here.
Wow! And good luck, Michelle!
Hi, Brian.
My daughter Olivia thoroughly enjoyed your How to get published workshop, so much so
that she sent her query letter to the Rights Factory kid lit agent (Ali McDonald), and now Olivia
is officially signed with The Rights Factory. She is thrilled and I wanted to personally thank you
since you were the first non-family member to encourage her writing.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
Congrats to Olivia, who will finish high school this year and, who knows, maybe get her first
book deal!
Note:I have a couple How to get published workshops coming up soon: onSaturday, Jan 28,
in Toronto with Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy agency (see here ) and on Saturday, April 22,
in Midland, again with Stacey Donaghy (see here ).
And I have a few Writing Kid Lit Saturday workshops and a weekly course coming up:on
Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin Uçar, senior Editor at Kids
Can Press (details to come), on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior
editor at Scholastic Books (see here ), and a weekly Kid Lit class, Monday afternoons, April 10
– June 19, in Mississauga (details here ).
Hi, Brian.
Thanks for the character building workshop, it was a great help!
I wanted to let you know that my debut, self-published novel Snowdrifts, a mystery thriller, is
now available as paperback or e-book on Indigo, Amazon, iBooks and Kobo.
Three weeks before his wedding, on the eve of the most important trial of his career, Joe Sinclair
has vanished. As his fiancée anxiously awaits word on his whereabouts, Joe’s dearest friends
question his recent unusual behavior. And while Joe’s teenage defendant grasps to the dwindling
hope of a murder acquittal, the mystery of the unsolved murder of Joe’s high school sweetheart
resurfaces.Is Joe, the target of deep-rooted accusations from the past, now a victim of his own
circumstance? Or will his disappearance finally uncover the truth?
Snowdrifts is available through Smashwords here.
Hi, Brian.
Just a quick note to let you know that I have self-published The Amethyst, a 500-page 19th
century romance, and had a great launch in Collingwood last weekend.
It’s available through Amazon and CreateSpace, but the best way to get it is though my
website: https://lionessandcastlepress.com/
Also, it will be available at a number of Chapters Stores very shortly.
Thank you for so many writing elements, which I took away with me from your workshops! I
cannot recommend you highly enough!
Kindest regards,
Aldonna Kaulius-Barry
Writing Markets and Contests
Upstreet literary magazine pays 50 to 250 U.S. for fiction and creative nonfiction,
Agni online literary journal pays 10 / page for prose and 20 / page for poetry,
Shotgun Honey wants very short crime stories,
The Writers’ Union of Canada’s annual short prose competition for emerging writers,
See details for all the above here.
Skirt pays 200 for personal essays,
The First Line pays 25 – 50 U.S. for fiction, 10 for poetry and 25 for nonfiction,
The Southern Reviews pays $25 U.S. per page for poetry,
Hippocampus wants short true stories about the world of radio; pays 50,
Details for all the above here.
Quick Brown Fox and the Ottawa Review of Books want your books reviews. Quick Brown
Fox also likes pieces about your favourite books or books with special meanings to you (read
examples here ), plus movie reviews and other sorts of reviews, too … more
More writing contests and markets for short pieces here: http://tinyurl.com/743hfsw
Literary Agents
Three agents at Einstein Literary seek Picture Books, Middle Grade and YA, plus commercial, literary
and upmarket fiction for adults, and nonfiction, too … more
Ayesha Pande Literary has four agents, all seeking new authors, including new literary agent
Serene Hakim … more
Storied literary agency Greenburger Associates has 8 agents accepting new authors … more
For more information about agents, contests, markets, workshops, classes, etc (and more
detailed information) check out Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers:
My full schedule
Looking for a special class or workshop? Do you have friends or literary contacts elsewhere
in Ontario who’d like to come to a workshop? Here’s my schedule for all over the place:
Weekly classes ~ Winter term ~ Details of all 6 classes here.
Burlington: Intermediate Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings Jan 18 – March 22. Details here.
Georgetown: Intensive Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Jan 19 – March 23. Details here.
Burlington: Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons: Jan 18 – March 15. Details here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons: Jan 31 – March 28. Details here.
Burlington: Exploring Creative Writing, Thurs afternoons, Jan 26 – March 30. Details here.
Oakville: Writing Personal Stories, Thursday mornings, Feb 9 – March 30. Details here.
To register or for more information about any course, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Toronto: “How to Get Published,” with literary agent Stacy Donaghy, Saturday, Jan 28. Details here.
Kitchener: “Writing Query Letters that Get a Yes,” a free seminar, Monday, Jan 30. Details here.
Mississauga: “How to Build Your Story,” Saturday, Feb 11. Details here.
Caledon: “How to Build Your Story,” Saturday, Feb 11, at the Bolton Library. Details here.
Guelph: “How to Write a Bestseller,” with guest, New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, Feb 18. Details here.
Burlington: “Writing and Revising,” Saturday, Feb 25. Details here.
London: “Writing and Revising,” Saturday, March 4. Details here.
Georgetown: “Writing With Style,” Saturday, March 11 in the village of Glen Williams. Details here.
Windsor: “Writing for Children and for Young Adults,” Saturday, April 1. Details here.
Mississauga: “Writing Kid Lit ~ Picture Books to YA,” weekly class April 10 – June 19. Details here.
Midland: “How to Get Published,” with literary agent Stacy Donaghy, Saturday, April 22. Details here.
Oakville: “How to Make Yourself Write,” Saturday, April 29. Details here.
Caledon: “Writing for Children and for Young Adults,” with Yasmin Ucar, senior editor Kids Can Press, Saturday, May 13. Details here.
Algonquin Park: “June in Algonquin Writing Retreat.” Details here.
Note: You can always find my schedule at the Quick Brown Fox blog: http://tinyurl.com/d4fupgx
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