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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...

The Luminaries – 2014 Man-Booker Prize

luminaries “Sometimes – rarely – a novel arrives that is so good all you can do is shake your head in wonder. Brilliant in design, masterful in execution, and intensely pleasurable to inhabit, The Luminaries is a masterpiece, the work of a writer of apparently limitless range and talent.” —Peter Hobbs, author of In the Orchard, the Swallows

Lynn Coady wins Giller Prize

hell goingWinner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. With astonishing range and depth, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady gives us eight unforgettable new stories, each one of them grabbing our attention from the first line and resonating long after the last. A young nun charged with talking an anorexic out of her religious fanaticism toys with the thin distance between practicality and blasphemy. A strange bond between a teacher and a schoolgirl takes on ever deeper, and stranger, shapes as the years progress. A bride-to-be with a penchant for nocturnal bondage can’t seem to stop bashing herself up in the light of day. Equally adept at capturing the foibles and obsessions of men and of women, compassionate in her humour yet never missing an opportunity to make her characters squirm, fascinated as much by faithlessness as by faith, Lynn Coady is quite possibly the writer who best captures what it is to be human at this particular moment in our history.
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Don Cavin One Day Workshop. Click here for more information...

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Writing Classes

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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2014 Fall Courses – THE ARTIST’S WAY – Twelve Weeks to Reclaim Your Inner Artist

 

the-artists-wayA life-changing twelve-week program led by instructor Sue Reynolds. The Artist’s Way has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. It is a powerfully provocative work challenging artists of all sorts, but particularly writers, to identify what stops them from moving forward with their artistic dreams and goals and to help them set those goals into motion.

Week One: Recovering a Sense of Safety as an Artist – Discovering what Stops You from Creating

Week Two: Recovering a Sense of Artistic Identity

Week Three: Recovering the Power of Creativity – Dealing with the Inner Critic

Week Four: Artistic Integrity – Making the Commitment

Week Five: A Sense of Open Possibility – Dreaming as an Artist

Week Six: Abundance – Setting your Financial Goals as an Artist

Week Seven: Dealing with Perfectionism

Week Eight: Marshalling your Resources

Week Nine: Recovering a Sense of Enthusiasm and Blasting Through Blocks

Week Ten: Competition, Work, and Finding Balance

Week Eleven: Recovering a Sense of Autonomy – Movement and Defining Success

Week Twelve: Escape Velocity and Finding Your Wings

Each student will be required to have a copy of the basic “The Artist’s Way” book for the class.  Books can be ordered from Blue Heron to be picked up on the first night.

First 6 Weeks – Sunday, September 21st – November 2nd, 7pm to 9:30pm    $180

Last 6 Weeks – Sunday, November 16th – December 21st, 7pm to 9:30pm    $180

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2014 Fall Workshop: EDITING WORKSHOP

EDITING: WORKSHOP: Revising for Strength and Story

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 – Wednesday, October 15th – November 19th, 7pm to 9pm $180

 

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2014 Fall Course – ADVANCED WRITING FOR WORDIES

Advanced Writing for WordiesADVANCED 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 – Tuesday, September 16th – October 21st, 7pm to 9pm $180

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2014 Fall Course – FALL IN LOVE WITH CREATIVE WRITING

Fall in Love Creative WritingFALL IN LOVE WITH CREATIVE WRITING

Let The Writing Fairy, Dorothea Helms, introduce you to the world of writing and its many exciting possibilities. If you are a closet writer or someone who dreams of following your passion for words, this is the course for you. Using humour and 21 years of experience as an award-winning professional writer, Dorothea will awaken the magic inside of you in a safe, comfortable environment. Hundreds have already benefited from this course; many have gone on to win writing contests, be published, start freelance businesses, and even develop their craft far enough to teach

6 Weeks – Wednesday, October 8th – November 12th, 1pm to 3pm $180

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Six Weeks to Writing a Memoir or “Words are Worth 1000 Pictures”

writing picture 02 sml A picture is worth a thousand words but only when the picture relays a story. It is the story that we yearn for when we look at old photo albums with faces familiar. Yet these faces often register a blank on the memory bank. The stories of our ancestors are the stories we hunger for. Learn techniques for telling your stories in ways that capture the interest and imagination of your reader. Become skilled at listening deeply, telling truthfully, and writing well the stories of ourselves and others. 6 Weeks – Friday, May 16th – June 20th, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. $180

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SPRING INTO WRITING

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Do you dabble in writing, then hide your stuff away in drawers and secret computer files, afraid that you’re not good enough? Join award-winning instructor Dorothea Helms, a.k.a. The Writing Fairy, for five weeks of creative writing lessons and exercises designed to coax the closet writer out of you.

6 Weeks – Thursday May 1st – June 5th,  1pm to 3pm  $180

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SIX WEEKS TO A SHORT STORY

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Join The Writing Fairy on a six-week voyage of discovery. Bring your story or character idea, start writing and take advantage of guided feedback along the way. At the end of six weeks, feel the pride of having a story that is polished and ready to submit to a writing contest or short story magazine. Have fun in the process, with experienced contest-winner and judge Dorothea Helms at the helm!

6 Weeks – Wednesday, April 30th – June 4th, 7pm to 9pm, $180

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2014 Master Writing Classes

Marina Endicott –  Respect for Character on Sunday, February 23rd ,  11am to 4pm  $85

Respect for Character – Using techniques employed by actors and playwrights, gleaned from her years in theatre, Marina Endicott brings a series of exercises and techniques for creating characters that leap off the page and make us believe in their reality. Looking at point of view choices, the virtues of narrative text v. scene-work, and the principles of writing dialogue, participants will explore unexpected methods for writers to deepen their understanding of characters and bring them more fully to life. Come prepared to work on your laptop or paper and pen, whatever you’re most comfortable with.

Jennifer Murray –  Marketing Basics for Writers on Sunday April 6th, 11am to 4pm  $85

Marketing basics, ideas for self-promotion and what goes on in a marketing department at a publishing company.  Participants will perform small group work exercises to nail down the strategy part of a marketing plan: identify target audiences, talk about their books key selling features and what sets their book apart and identify their competition.

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December Book Club

reading between the wines Seasonal Book Club Party - Talk books, buy books, steal books December 11th at Blue Heron Books 7:30pm

January Book Club

munro My Best Stories by Alice Munro Venue: Veronica's Place Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

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Our May Artist

 

Marc Gagnon

  Temperature Rising Marc L. Gagnon is a full time artist who employs both the watercolour and acrylic mediums. He has been painting for over thirty years and holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture. An long time elected member of The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Marc's paintings have been Mr. Gagnon’s paintings have been exhibited in several juried exhibitions, including the 2004 - 6th International Water Colour Biennial in Mexico. He has been honoured with many awards for his work and has served as a juror various other exhibitions, including the 21st annual Toronto Watercolour Society Juried Spring Show. He is a sought after instructor and demonstrator of watercolour and acrylic painting working out of various venues in Southern Ontario including Loyalist College in Belleville and St. Lawrence College in Brockville

Upcoming in the Studio

  • March 8 – Vintage Art Anything, 1-5pm
  • March 22 – Fine Art Private Collections, 1-5pm
  • April 12 – Floral, Big Bold Artworks, 1-5pm
  • April 26 – 1-5pm & April 27– 11-4pm – BHAM Art Show & Sale – Pottery & Fine Art
  • May 3 – 10-5pm & May 4 – 11-4pm – Artists of Uxbridge Art Show and Sale

Ted Barris on TV

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