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Congratulations to Alice Munro

Click on the image for the story on Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature...

Click on the image for the story on Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature...

2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize

us conductors “DZEEEEOOOoo! Just as hard as it is to make a theremin sing so it is hard to pull off a novel like this. But Sean Michaels does it. Us Conductors bridges body and soul, science and art, and like theremin music, it’s of this world and magical at the same time.” —Ismet Prcic, author of Shards
Blue Heron books pic The unpretentious atmosphere of Blue Heron Books with its comfy chairs, wood shelving and creaky floors lends itself to a long slow, browsing session, but under that sleepy atmosphere vibrates a strong pulse. The store has a quaint, old-fashioned look with an up tempo vibe, because there is always something happening. The store is a hub for the community and a bastion of calm chaos where everyone is welcome, even the local dogs that drop by with their owners for a treat from the tin kept under the front counter. 62 Brock St. W., Uxbridge, Ontario. 905-852-4282

CBA LIBRIS BOOKSELLER OF THE YEAR - 2012 and 2014 Click here for more information...

Series of Fortunate (literary) Events 2015 Passport Click here for more information...

An Evening with Dr. Norman Doidge Click here for more information.

Inspiration Station - Art Club for Kids Click here for more information.

As a one-time publicist and a forever fan of books and reading, I can’t speak highly enough about Blue Heron Books and the community it rallies around visiting authors who, truly, are treated like celebrities. It’s no exaggeration to say that as someone who has attended her fair share of readings, Blue Heron’s are among the most magical and engaging. — Julie (BookMadam) Wilson

Writing Classes


Make Money Writing

Beat the winter blahs with an energizing one-day workshop on how to earn money doing what you love. If you are a competent word-juggler but lack the left-brain skills to figure out how to derive revenue from it, this is the workshop for you. Let Dorothea Helms, a.k.a. The Writing Fairy, guide you through the basics on what pays, how to charge, what to keep track of and how to market your work. After several years of six-digit freelance incomes, she is qualified to provide you with the kick-start you need. Get ready to value yourself as a writer so others will, too!

Sunday, February 1st, 10:30am to 4:00 pm   $90


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Advanced Writing for Wordies

Ready to take your writing to the next level? The Writing Fairy, Dorothea Helms, is ready to help you soar. Learn to mine ideas from unlikely sources, take risks that will capture the attention of editors/publishers, and polish your writing to the professional level. Forget hand-holding; in this course, The Writing Fairy will provide the kick in the butt that will get your “butt in chair” to live out your writing dreams. Previous participation in a creative writing course is preferred; this is for writers who have advanced beyond the beginner stage. Oh, and it will be a lot of fun!

 6 Weeks – Thursday, March 5th – April 16th, 1pm to 3pm     $180


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EDITING: WORKSHOP: Revising for Strength and Story

Editing Workshop

Bring your work-in-progress and join author Erin Thomas for a six-week exploration of editing tricks and techniques. You’ll see your story’s strengths and needs through new lenses, and find ways to revise, repair and bring out the best in your manuscript.

6 Weeks – Friday, February 6th – March 13th, 10:30am to 12:30pm  $180


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2014 Fall Courses – PEN IN HAND, INK ON PAGE


Pen in Hand, Ink on PageDo you have a hard time making sure that you get your writing done?

This class, led by instructor Sue Reynolds, is designed to create time and space to devote to your writing projects. Each week, through instruction and in-class exercises, this group focuses on some aspect of the writing craft. Writing prompts are designed to support each writer in his or her process. Participants leave each class with new pieces of writing, optional homework, one on one feedback on manuscripts and a new understanding of techniques designed to improve the writers’ skills.

6 Weeks – Friday, September 19th – October 24th, 9:30am to 12pm   $180

6 Weeks – Friday, October 31st – December 5th,    9:30am to 12pm   $180

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Intimacy and Solitude – Writing to Transform with Sue Reynolds

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Have you wrestled with any of these questions in your relationships:

1. Why do I go from one relationship to another without finding what I yearn for?
2. Why am I restless or critical with those I love?
3. Why am I uneasy with my own company when I’m alone?
4. Is it possible to be close to someone else – and Continue reading

Pat Schneider – How the Light Gets In Book Launch…

Friday, October 25th at 7:30pm in the Blue Heron Studio, join us for the launch of Pat Schneider’s new writing book, How the Light Gets In.

Tickets are $10 (event only) and $25 (event and book)

Call the store for tickets. 905-852-4282 or click HERE to register.


Julia Cameron calls Pat Schneider “A fuse lighter,” and Peter Elbow says she is “the wisest teacher of writing I know”.

“When I begin to write, I open myself and wait. And when I turn toward an inner spiritual awareness, I open myself and wait.” With that insight, Pat Schneider invites readers to contemplate their lives and deepest questions through writing. How the Light Gets In gracefully encourages readers to consider writing as a spiritual practice.

Schneider’s new book is designed for the seeker, the pilgrim, and the Continue reading

Writers, aspiring or otherwise, take note…

WCDR member Heather Tucker has won the New York Literal Latte short prose contest. Heather thanks her Writing In Progress writing group, past and present, for their critiquing insights and James Dewar & Sue Reynolds for the workshop where the seed for the story was planted.


Blue Heron Instructors Sue Reynolds and James Dewar are no strangers to grateful students, however.  One of their students from their year-long A Novel Approach course just signed a two novel deal with Simon & Schuster with the novel she drafted in that class.  Furthermore for the last two years both winners of the $1000 WCDR Short Story contest have been students of Sue’s, and the most recent winning story was begun at one of Sue’s Writers’ Sanctuary Sundays.


Finally, Sue just returned from a week in Chicago where she was the co-trainer for a group of 10 new AWA writing group facilitators.  AWA (or Amherst Writers) is renowned for helping writers discover and foster their own unique voices without damage to creativity or a writers’ artistic self-esteem.


Check out the writing classes Sue is teaching in the Studio this fall.


Calling all Writers…Do you know about the WCDR or WCYR?

Durham and York Regions are home to a wonderful community of writers. Many of these writers meet for breakfast once a month to nosh, network and gain knowledge of their chosen craft. If you are an aspiring writer, established author or one who writes simply for your own personal pleasure, the Writers’ Community of Durham Region or Writers’ Community of York Region may be the perfect fit. Check out their websites – WCDR or WCYR

Upcoming WCDR Breakfasts

Sat 14 Sep. 8:00am – 11:00am – guest author Robert McGill

Sat 12 Oct. 8:00am – 11:00am – guest author Sandra Kasturi

Sat 9 Nov. 8:00am – 11:00am – guest author Guy Gavriel Kay

Upcoming WCYR Lunch

Sun 15 Sep. 12:00pm – 3:00pm – guest author Robert Rotenberg

Sun 20 Oct. 12:00pm – 3:00pm – guest author Vikki Van Sickle

Sun 10 Nov. 12:00pm – 3:00pm – Susanna Kearsley

Sun 8 Dec. 12:00pm – 2:00pm – Cathy Buchanan

Write and Create Your Own Children’s Book

Take story-time to a new level with your child or grandchild. Over 6 weeks, under the instructor’s guidance and using one of several simple illustration techniques, write and illustrate a story with the child you love in mind. Then using iPhoto produce a hardcover version in time for Christmas – a read together experience to be treasured a lifetime. Cost of the physical book is extra, approx. $30 for a 20 page, 11”x8.5” book. More info on the iPhoto books available at

6 Weeks – Friday October 11th to November 22nd, 10am to 12pm   $160

(Please note there will be no class on October 25th)


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January Book Club


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Store Hours

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  • Tues 10 - 6
  • Wed 10 - 6
  • Thurs 10 - 7
  • Fri 10 - 7
  • Sat 10 - 5
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Upcoming Events…

Jan 20th 7pm Wooden Sticks Golf Club, Dr. Norman Doidge

Feb 22nd, 11am Wooden Sticks Golf Club -- Books and Brunch with Helen Humpheys - $25 (includes full brunch)

Mar 29th11am Wooden Sticks Golf Club - Books and Brunch with Ian Hamilton and Susan Philpott, $25 (includes full brunch)


Apr 26th, 11am Wooden Sticks Golf Club - Books and Brunch with Lori Lansens

May 13th, An Evening with Susanna Kearsley, Genevieve Graham and Angie Abdou
7pm Wooden Sticks Golf Club

Ted Barris on TV

great escapePeter Mansbridge goes One on One with Ted Barris. Check out the interview here.