Blue Heron Books is on my map. How could you fail in the book business with a name like Shelley Macbeth? She runs great events and never disappoints with hundreds in attendance. She knows each of her customers and their tastes. Shelley is that great combination of woman of letters and an entrepreneur. Her staff loves books and thrive on recommendations. —
Writing about Places – Home, Away & Imagined
Sunday November 23rd from 11am to 4pm with Karen Connelly, author of The Lizard Cage.
Bring your memories of trips taken, places visited, or even imagined and learn techniques to make those memories into stories. How setting becomes character in prose and poetry, how to use suspense, humour, and human error to write well about places, whether they are close by, familiar or new to you. Award-winning author Karen Connelly will lead this class for beginners to accomplished writers in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
There are stories all around us, waiting to be told. In this workshop, kids will learn how to find and develop ideas into stories. Author Vikki VanSickle explains how you don’t need to follow the rules, you make your own! No experience necessary, open for kids 9-14.
Saturday, November 29th, 2pm to 4pm, $25
Writing a book is only half the battle. In the digital age, effective self-promotion isn’t an option, it’s a necessity. Many writers feel overwhelmed by social media and self promotion. Author, publicist, and marketing manager Vikki VanSickle shares simple ways to develop your brand as an author and make connections that matter. All levels.
Sunday, November 30th, 11am to 1pm, $35
What makes a good series? How dark is “too dark?” How important is an elevator pitch? This frank, informal and interactive session includes writing and editorial tips and a look at the Canadian children’s book market from author, publicist, and marketing manager Vikki VanSickle. All levels.
Sunday, November 30th, 2pm to 4pm, $35
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
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