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. —
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
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
Call store to register
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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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
Closed for registration
Intimacy and Solitude – Writing to Transform with Sue Reynolds
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
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
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.
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
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 www.apple.com/ca/ilife/printproducts.html
6 Weeks – Friday October 11th to November 22nd, 10am to 12pm $160
(Please note there will be no class on October 25th)
After you hit “submit” please pay for the course using the PayPal link below.
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