Thursday, January 19, 2017

Spaces still available in some creative writing classes

Exploring Creative Writing
10 weeks of discovering your creative side
Thursday afternoons, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
 Jan 26 – March 30, 2017
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (map here.)
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. This course will open the door to all kinds of creative writing. We’ll visit short story writing and children’s writing, writing in first person and in third person, and writing just for fun. You’ll get a shot of inspiration every week and an assignment to keep you going till the next class. Best of all, this class will provide a zero-pressure, totally safe setting, where your words will grow and flower.
Note: For a pair of reviews of Brian’s introductory creative writing classes, see here, and see other reviews here.
Fee:  $167.26 plus 13% hst = 189
Number of attendees strictly limited.
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Writing Personal Stories
8 weeks of sharing and writing
Thursday mornings, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Feb 9 – March 30, 2017
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Drive, Oakville, Ontario (Map here)
If you've ever considered writing your personal stories, this course is for you. We’ll look at memoirs, travel writing, personal essays, family history ~ personal stories of all kinds. Plus, of course, we’ll work on creativity and writing technique and have fun doing it. Whether you want to write a book or just get your thoughts down on paper, this weekly course will get you going. 
We'll reveal the tricks and conventions of telling true stories, and we’ll show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Weekly writing exercises and friendly feedback from the instructor will help you move forward on this writing adventure. Whether you want to write for your family and friends or for a wider public, don't miss this course.
Read reviews of the Writing Personal Stories course here, and see other reviews here.
Fee:  $159.29 plus 13% hst = 180
Number of attendees strictly limited.
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Intensive Creative Writing
Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Course begins by email Jan 24, classes run Jan 31 – March 28 (eight weeks)
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
The Intensive course isn't for beginners; it's for people who have been writing for a while or who have done a course or two before and are working on their own projects. These classes will be smaller than either the Intermediate of Extreme courses, with a maximum of ten or twelve participants and will require a little more writing from you than the Intermediate course. In the eight-week course on Tuesday afternoons, you’ll be asked to bring in four pieces of your writing for detailed feedback; five pieces for the ten-week Thursday evening course. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on.  In addition to learning how to critique your own work and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that the greatest benefits come from seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write.
Read a review of the Intensive course here, and see other reviews here. 
Fee: $167.26 plus hst = 189.  
To reserve your spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Instructor 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's helped many of his students get published.
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Four paying markets for short speculative fiction and The Toronto Star free short story contest

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The Lane of Unusual Traders is a world building project. The aim is to bring The Lane, the City of Lind and the world of Midlfell into existence through stories, illustrations, music and whatever other creative means present themselves as the world grows."  Pays $180 (AUD) per short story, $60 (AUD) for flash fiction. 
Guidelines here. Deadline: February 28, 2017.

Renfield Press is calling for submissions to its quarterly journal, Literary e-clectic. The want speculative fiction on the theme of The Record Pays $50 upon publication plus contributor copy. 
Guidelines here. Deadline: February 28, 2017.

Strange Constellations wants short speculative fiction. Pays $30.
Guidelines here. Deadline: February 28, 2017

Parsec Inc. wants speculative fiction, 3,000 – 7,500 words, on the theme of Appetites, for its annual short story anthology, Triangulation Pays 2 cents / word.
Guidelines here. Deadline: February 28, 2017.

The Toronto Star free short story contest
Here’s your opportunity to see your story published in Canada’s largest newspaper.
Aspiring authors who live in Ontario can enter the Toronto Star 2017 Short Story Contest, the biggest contest of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The annual contest, which attracts approximately 2,000 entries each year, is co-sponsored by the Toronto Public Library and the Humber School for Writers.
The first-place winner in the contest, which now is in its 39th year, will receive $5,000, plus the tuition fee for the 30-week creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers, which has an approximate value of $3,000.
In addition, the second-place winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and the third-place winner will get $1,000.
The contest is open to all Ontario residents 16 years of age or older. Entrants can write on any topic they want. Stories must be original, previously unpublished and no longer than 2,500 words. Entries are limited to one per person. There is no fee to enter the contest.
Deadline: All submissions must be received by 5 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Complete rules here.

Keep on top of all the annual writing contests in Canada – order your copy of The 2017 Canadian Writers Contest Calendar. Details here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Navigating tip:
 For more paying markets, go to the Labels for this posting listed below and click on Paying Markets, or Best Paying Markets. In the list of Labels, you’ll also find a links to various other collections of postings. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Three great writing workshops and a free seminar coming soon

He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker,
represented by the Donaghy Agency
How to Get Published
An editor & a literary agent tell all
Saturday, January 28, 2017
10:15 a.m. – 4:00 / 4:30 p.m.
Glenview Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave, Toronto, Ontario (Map here)
If you've ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover everything from getting started to getting an agent, from getting your short pieces published to finding a book publisher, from writing a query letter to writing what the publishers want. Bring your questions. Come and get ready to be published!
Special Option: Participants are invited to bring a draft of a query letter you might use to interest an agent or publisher in your book. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you do, three copies could be helpful.
And be sure to bring your elevator pitch! Following the end of the formal workshop at 4:00, Brian Henry will be staying for at least half an hour and helping interested attendees, who didn’t have their queries critiqued earlier, write query letters that will get a yes, while literary agent Stacey Donaghy will be listening to your pitches. Agents come to these events wanting to hear what you’ve got and hoping to find authors they want to represent.
Guest speaker Stacey Donaghy, lead agent with the Donaghy Literary Group. The Donaghy group has three agents to choose from: Stacey Donaghy, Valerie Noble, and Sue Miller.  Representing NY Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors, they’re focused on commercial fiction and are always interested in new and upcoming talented writers.  
Stacey Donaghy began her career with an agency in New York, then in 2013 opened her own agency in Canada. Asked what manuscripts she’d like to get right now, Stacey said, “I would love to see more diverse stories that are highly commercial.  LGBTQ stories that focus on the characters and story development and less on the "issues" related to coming out or being out.  It would be exciting to receive a LGBTQ in adult or YA that is story driven, such as a romance or thriller in Adult and in YA a Mean Girls, Duff, even a thriller that highlights diversity but where the story leads the way.”
More generally, Stacey is seeking Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade fiction. Specifically, she’s looking for: Romantic Suspense, LGBTQ Stories, standalone or series, Diverse books, Contemporary romance, Romance with  varying heat levels, New Adult, Thrillers, Middle Grade (quirky not cute), and Young Adult.
Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

From Inky Girl
Writing Query Letters That Get a Yes
A free seminar
Monday, January 30, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Kitchener Public Library, Central Branch, 85 Queen Street, North, Kitchener, Ontario (Map here.)
If you want to get the attention of an agent or a publisher, you need to craft a good query letter. Using real life examples, this seminar shows you how to do it. There isn’t just one way to write a successful query, and your query doesn’t have to be perfect; but it does need to persuade an agent that you’ve got a book that they can successfully pitch to a publisher.
Attendance is free, but please let me know you’re coming so I know how many handouts to bring. Email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

How to Build Your Story
Plotting novels & Writing short stories
Offered at two locales:
Saturday, February 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Unity Church, 3075 Ridegeway Drive, Unit 8, Mississauga, Ontario (Map here)
And
Saturday, February 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Albion-Bolton Branch, Caledon Public Library, 150 Queen Street South, Bolton, Ontario (Map here.)
This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel and will give you the best tips on writing short stories. We’ll also look at where to get your stories 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 for the Mississagua workshop : 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 reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Fee for the Caledon workshop: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 + $6 for pizza lunch = $55 paid in advance by mail or in person or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 + $6 for pizza lunch = $59 if you wait to pay at the door
To pay in advance, make your cheque out to the Caledon Public Library and mail it to:
Attention:  Laura Nolloth, Caledon Public Library, Albion Bolton Branch, 150 Queen Street South, Bolton, ON, L7E 1E3
Or you can pay in advance in person at any Caledon Library branch. (Branch locations here.)
To reserve a spot now, email: programs@caledon.library.on.ca

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 Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

See Brian’s current complete schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Six agents at Don Congdon Associates seek new authors, especially YA and Middle Grade, but also many kinds of fiction and nonfiction

The Help by Kathryn Stockett,
represented by Congdon Associates
Don Congdon Associates
110 William St.
Suite 2202
New York, NY  10038

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Don Congdon Associates was founded in 1983 by Don Congdon and his son Michael, who is now the president of the agency.  The agency has six experienced agents, all accepting new authors.  But two agents in particular are actively seeking Young Adult and Middle Grade novels:

Maura Kye-Casella started her career as an agent in 2001 with the Denise Marcil Literary Agency. She joined Don Congdon Assoiciates in 2008.

Maura is seeking literary works, horror (all ages), women’s fiction, multicultural voices, and any well-written novels with quirky characters and/or unique plots and settings. Maura is especially interested in works for both the Young Adult and Middle Grade markets.

In nonfiction, Maura is seeking narrative works (memoirs, adventure, true crime), books on pop culture, lifestyle sports, and fun, interesting works that fall into the humor category.

Query Maura Kye-Casella at: dca@doncongdon.com
Include “Query” and the agent’s full name in your subject heading. You may also paste the first chapter into your email. No attachments.

Katie Grimm joined Congdon Associates in 2007. She is actively seeking young adult novels, specifically “compelling, heartbreaking contemporary and fantastical high-concepts rooted in history.” In Middle Grade, she’s seeking “novels with a heartfelt timeless quality and a strange twist.”

Katie  is also the business manager and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writer and Illustrators (SCBWI).

In the adult market, Katie represents literary fiction, historical fiction, up-market woman’s fiction, cohesive short story collections, and mysteries with faraway or historical settings.

She also represents graphic novels and nonfiction, particularly memoirs that reveal greater social issues, narratives about dark times in human history, weird science, and off-beat topics explored through an academic lens or with a practical approach.

Query Katie Grimm at: dca@doncongdon.com
Include “Query” and the agent’s full name in your subject heading. You may also paste the first chapter into your email. No attachments.

Other agents:

Cristina Concepcion has been at Don Congdon Associates since 1996 and represents writers of crime fiction, narrative nonfiction, political science, journalism and history.  She’s also looking for novels outside the crime genre that aren’t too commercial or overly literary, but are readable, thought provoking and character driven.  

Michael Congdon represents, commercial and literary fiction, including novels of suspense, mysteries and thrillers, as well as a variety of nonfiction, such as history, military history, biography, memoir, current affairs and narrative non-fiction (adventure, medicine, science, and nature). 

Katie Kotchman is actively seeking new nonfiction clients with built-in platforms from whom she can learn something new. In fiction, she’s interested in representing women’s fiction, realistic young adult, literary fiction, and psychological thrillers.

Susan Ramer started at Don Congdon Associates in 1986.  She is looking for literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction (contemporary and historical, American in particular), and narrative nonfiction. For nonfiction, her interests include social history, cultural history, smart pop culture (music, film, food, art), women’s issues, psychology and mental health, and memoir with a distinctive theme. She particularly likes a narrative that combines a personal thread with reporting and analysis of a broader social or cultural issue.  In everything, Susan appreciates a sense of humor, especially when it’s on the dark side. 

Query any Congdon Associates agent at: dca@doncongdon.com
Include “Query” and the agent’s full name in your subject heading. You may also paste the first chapter into your email. No attachments. Full submission guidelines here.

Sylvia McNicoll, author of over 30
young adult and middle grade novels,
will be one of the guest speakers for
Kid Lit course starting in April
Brian Henry will be leading How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, 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).
Note: If you're viewing this posting after March 11, 2017, see current How to Get Published workshops
here (and scroll down).

Also, Brian will lead How to Build Your Story Saturday, Feb 4, in Mississauga (see here) and Saturday, Feb 11, in Caledon at the Bolton library (see here), Writing and Revising, Saturday, Feb 25, in Burlington (see here) and Saturday, March 4, in London (see here), and Writing With Style, Saturday, March 11, in Georgetown (see here).

Also, he'll lead How to Write a Bestseller on Saturday, Feb 18, in Guelph, with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong (see here).

And Brian will  be leading Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, April 1, in Windsor (see here), on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin U├žar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press (details to come) and on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior editor at Scholastic Books (see here). Brian will also be leading a weekly Kid Lit class, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga (here).
Note: For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down).

For more information or to reserve a spot in any Saturday workshop or weekly course, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

To move closer to publication, your best bet may be a weekly course. Brian is currently offering a full slate of weekly classes, from beginner to advanced:
Exploring Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Jan 26 – March 30, Burlington Details here.
Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday mornings, Feb 9 – March 30, Oakville. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Jan 18 - March 22, Burlington. here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Jan 19 – March 23, Georgetown. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, Jan 31 – March 28, Burlington. Details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, Jan 25 – March 15, Burlington. Details here.
See details of all six courses here.
To register of for more information for any of the above, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Navigation tip: For many more literary agents seeking authors, click on the Literary Agents button at the top of the page, just below the banner. To see only Canadian agents, click on the button in the right-hand column under More Content. To see only agents representing kid’s lit, click on the Children’s/YA agents button in the list of Labels below.