Writing Workshops – May and June

The Kawartha Lakes Museum & Archives is hosting a couple of writing workshops:

May 20 @ 1pm – 4pm

Mini Writing Retreat

Feel like you’re in a writing slump? Want to write but don’t know where to start? Need to talk out some of the knots in your plots?

The day will begin with a guided tour through the museum’s current exhibits. Perhaps you’ll be inspired by an object, its history, or tales of the ghosts that inhabit the building. 

After the tour, you’ll be free to take your laptop or notebook to a quiet corner and write. 

Or, gather in the Community Room for writing prompts, brainstorming, and snacks. 

June 17 @ 2pm – 3pm

Publishing Basics 

Confused about your publishing options– traditional, independent, vanity, hybrid? What’s the difference anyway? Which one is right for you? What should you expect from a publisher? What are the pitfalls, predators, and best practices? 

An introduction to the many paths to publishing, this workshop will help you choose the one that’s right for you. Lead by Sara C. Walker, an author who has taken several paths, from traditional to independent, and even taken on the role of publisher. 

The Kawartha Lakes Museum & Archives is located at 50 Victoria Street North in Lindsay.

Contact to reserve your seat: 705-324-3404 or use their contact page.

Workshop: Work with Ann Douglas to Get That Book Out of Your Head

Now available online: http://www.anndouglas.net/events/2019/10/1/online-course-community-how-to-trick-yourself-into-writing-a-book

Workshop: Ann Douglas presents “Get That Book Out of Your Head: A Workshop for Authors-to-Be” in Peterborough. Get that book out of your head and on its way to publication by working one-on-one with published author Ann Douglas via email, private message board, Skype, telephone, and/or in-person sessions (whichever options seem like the best fit for you). Workshop commitments are renewed on a month-to-month basis, with both the instructor and the student agreeing to a workplan for the upcoming month. No ongoing commitment required: enroll for one month, two months, three months (your choice). Workshop fee is $299 per month plus applicable taxes.

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[Workshop] Memoir Writing with Ruth Waring [Lindsay]

The Kawartha Lakes Public Library is pleased to present a Memoir Writing Workshop with Ruth Waring on Tuesday, October 22 at 1 – 3 pm in the Meeting Room at the Lindsay branch.

waring ruthAbout Ruth Waring: Currently living in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, Ruth is married to Doug, her high school sweetheart! She is the mother of three adult children and Nana to three grandchildren. She lived her primary years in the hub of Toronto where the world of writing entered her life. The question of Why I Want a Dog at a Canadian National Exhibition contest was duly answered and chosen from among 15,000 letters. An English cocker spaniel puppy, dubbed Susie, entered Ruth’s life and her love for dogs began.

Visit her website: http://www.ruthwaring.com/

Writers, have you subscribed to Brian Henry’s newsletter?

QBF cakeI highly recommend getting your name added to Brian Henry’s newsletter email list. Here’s a sample of what you will find:

Writing Markets and Contests

Quirk Books free “Looking for Love” novel contest with $10,000 prize and publication … more

The Alice Munro Short Story Contest wants your entry, and the Malahat Review is accepting regular submissions and submissions for nonfiction contest … more

Room, Vallum, Passion, and Dream Quest: Calls for submissions and contests … more

Reviews wanted of plays, movies, restaurants and, especially books … more

A free short story contest and a contest for short stories, plays and poetry … more

More writing contests here: http://tinyurl.com/743hfsw
More markets for short pieces here: http://tinyurl.com/cqjm7xp
More book publishers here: http://tinyurl.com/ctper8s

Sign up for the list herehttp://quick-brown-fox-canada.blogspot.ca/

Brian Henry is coming to Peterborough on July 21. Have you registered for his workshop yet? Details here.

Social Media Workshop for Writers and Authors [Oshawa]

Get the Word Out: Social Media for Writers and Artists

with Heather M. O’Connor and Anne MacLachlan

Date: May 27-June 24, 2013

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Venue: Trent University – Oshawa Campus, Computer Lab

Fee: $125 [$110 for writing association members-WCDR, WCSC, WCYR, SOH etc.]

Social media: the online cocktail party where writers, agents, publishers and readers mingle, connect, share advice and resources, do business. Are you ready to join the party?

Get the answers you need at this 5-week workshop:

  • Two skilled facilitators
  • Lots of hands-on help in class
  • Online support between classes

Who should attend?

  • Intermediate users hoping to develop a writer-specific audience and applications
  • Social media novices needing lots of support

What’s getting covered?

  • Facebook, Twitter, blogging, YouTube, Pinterest and more
  • Why writers use these platforms and HOW
  • Ways to develop your craft, connect with the writing community and to promote your writing

For example:

  • Open and customize a Twitter account
  • Learn how, when and what to tweet
  • Find out where to find writers, agents and publishers
  • Attract Twitter and blog followers

What else?

  • Discover social media settings, tools, resources and apps that measure your progress and help you work faster, safer and more efficiently

Learn how to meet, who to greet and how to make a killer impression in the writers’ world of social media. By the time you’re done, you’ll have the foundation for your social media platform. You’ll also have the resources and tools to continue building your social media presence in the arts community.

This program takes place in the university computer lab. Laptops are optional.

Contest: Speculative fiction; $500 prize; Deadline May 31

czpbannerrannuThe CZP/Rannu Fund (Canada) offers two awards per year of $500 each: fiction (7,000 words max.) and poetry (5 poems, 10 pages max). Granted to two writers of speculative literature (i.e., science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, surrealism, etc.), of any nationality or place of residence, at any stage of their career.
Deadline: May 31, 2013.
Entry fee: $10 ($15 for US entrants).
Submission guidelines here.

via Brian Henry’s Quick Brown Fox. Check out his contest calendar for more contests this year:

The 2013 Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar is 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 gives a full listing of contests in Canada arranged by deadline date. It lists contests for short stories, poetry, children’s writing, novels, and non-fiction – contests for just about everyone. The Calendar costs just $20 at one of Brian Henry’s workshops or classes or $23.50 by mail (all taxes and shipping included).
To order, email brianhenry@sympatico


Workshop: How to Build Your Story — with Brian Henry – July 21 [Peterborough]

“How to Build Your Story”

 ~ Plotting novels and writing short stories ~

Sunday, July 21
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Jackson Creek Residence, 481 Reid Street, Peterborough (Map here.)

This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel. You’ll also get the best tips
on writing short stories, where to get them published and how to win contests. Best yet,
you’ll see how to apply the story-building techniques you’ve learned to your own writing.

Fee: $32.74 + 13% hst = $37 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or $35.40 + 13% hst = $40 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 e-transfer.

       To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca


Brian Henry has been a book editor, writer, and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He teaches creative writing at Ryerson University. He also leads weekly creative writing courses inMississauga, Oakville andBurlington and conducts Saturday workshops throughout Ontario. His proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published.

Poetry Exercises Every Wednesday

Creative Writing: Carpe Diem Cafe presents Creative Writing for Poetry every Wednesday from 7 – 9 p.m. at Carpe Diem Cafe (552 Armour Rd., Peterborough, K9H 1Z1). Come join Jessica Biggar every Wednesday evening for fun creative writing exercises for poetry. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary, just imagination. No charge. Come find your buried inner Poet. Cost: Free. For more information call 705-740-2239.

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