When you walk into Blue Heron Books, you can actually feel the passion, the knowledge, and the love for the written word that reside there. Just as tangible, is that tinge of regret that comes when it’s time to go. —
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
A 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
After filling out your registration, please contact the store at (905) 852-4282 to make payment.
December Book Club
Seasonal Book Club Party - Talk books, buy books, steal books December 11th at Blue Heron Books 7:30pm
January Book Club
My Best Stories by Alice Munro Venue: Veronica's Place Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature