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Congratulations to Alice Munro

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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...

May 1st Launch of the Foster Memorial Book. Click here for more information.

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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

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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PEN IN HAND, INK ON PAGE

writing picture 01 smlWriters know Pen in Hand, Ink on Page AND Bum in Seat. This class is designed to create time and space to devote to your writing. Each week

Sue Reynolds will focus on a particular aspect of the writing craft and offer writing prompts designed to jumpstart and support each writer in their pursuits of the written word, regardless of form (fiction, memoir, etc.)

6 Weeks – Monday, May 12th – June 23rd,  7pm to 9pm    $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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2014 Winter Writing for the Young Adult Market

Blue Heron Writing Classes Uxbridge Fall 2012Remember being a teen? First times. Intense feelings. Everything changing, all at once, as your world seems to grow bigger and smaller at the same time. Join children’s author Erin Thomas for a six-week look at novel writing through a YA-specific lens. Previous writing experience or a course in writing for children is recommended but not required.

 

6 Weeks – Tuesday, February 18th to March 25th, 7pm to 9pm  $150

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2014 Winter Make Money Writing

Discover the various avenues you can pursue with the help of successful writer extraordinaire Dorothea Helms – learn how to navigate corporate writing, speech writing, website writing, book self publishing, and even teaching as a means to earn a living — and have fun in the process. Something new, even for those who have taken Dorothea’s other business writing courses.

6 Weeks – Wednesday, February 19th to March 26th, 7 to 9pm  $180

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2014 Winter SoulCollage® with Sue Reynolds

SOUL COLLAGE®

Soul Collage is an easy, fun tool for exploration and expression of the Self.  Accessible to everyone—even artistic-ability-naysayers. Under the instruction of Sue Reynolds, each participant creates their own deck of collaged cards; images that honour the journey of the individual and promote personal growth and self-acceptance.

6 Weeks – Sunday, March 9th to April 13th, 7 to 9:30pm   

Cost: $180 (plus $30 material fee, payable on the first night).

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2014 Winter Pen in Hand, Ink on Page

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Writers know Pen in Hand, Ink on Page AND Bum in Seat. This class is designed to create time and space to devote to your writing. Each week

Sue Reynolds will focus on a particular aspect of the writing craft and offer writing prompts designed to jumpstart and support each writer in their pursuits of the written word, regardless of form (fiction, memoir, etc.)

6 Weeks – Friday, March 7th to April 11th, 12:30pm to 3pm   $180

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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 April Artist

 

Anne León

  4. Detail of #3 Leon & Dortbudak, Fusion entry Jan 08 008 Potter, Painter, Photographer   At the age of 11, just before we left New Zealand in 1956, Anne had two lessons on the potter’s wheel. Little did the teacher know that she had introduced Anne to a love which has lasted a life time. While her husband was studying at Cornell University he discovered a student union clay studio in 1967. Anne took a short course there and ended up working there three days a week. As soon as they arrived in Toronto Anne set up with a treadle wheel and began teaching and exhibiting soon after. Anne has taught pottery, breathed pottery, looked at European, South American,American and Canadian museum’s collections of pottery, had articles published in England and Canada about potters in England and Ecuador, collected pottery, photographed pottery,  exhibited pottery and sold pottery.....   Along the way, after about ten intense years of focusing on my studio pottery, I also fell in love with painting, printmaking and photography and have also exhibited in all these media.

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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