Sunday, September 12, 2010

Writerly Webinars, Classes, and Other Things You Should Know About

I don't know about you, but my head is swimming with webinar opportunities and writing classes and weekly chat opportunities and frankly, if it weren't for my handy planner, I'd be in a bit of a flustered tizzy. I thought we could use a little round-up, since there's so much going on.

First, for those living anywhere within reasonable distance of Toronto, there are several "continuing education" classes on writing for children being offered at the University of Toronto - woo-hoo!  That means anyone can sign up, guys!  There are three units, one of which is being taught by the Silver Birch Award-winning author of ZORGAMAZOO, Robert Paul Weston.  If this class is even a fraction as good as his book was, it will be a bargain.  You can read more and register for that here.  Hurry up, because it starts on September 20th.

Incidentally, the U of T has a whole bunch of classes on writing for kids, for which there are no pre-requisites, which means anyone who wants to write can register, and you can find those here.

Lots and lots of other universities offer classes in writing for kids all around the world, but I don't live anywhere near any of those and it would take me the whole term just to type them all in, so Google your nearest Uni and search their continuing education classes for whatever they're offering.

Also, Mary Kole, a literary agent with Andrea Brown (I'm sure most of you knew that, but seriously, if you haven't heard of her, check out her KidLit blog because it will blow your socks off!), is giving a webinar with Writer's Digest on Thursday, September 23rd.  Included in the price of the webinar is a guaranteed critique by Mary of the first 500 words of your novel or the first 300 words of your picture book.  Do you want to miss this?  No, you don't.  Read more and register here.

CALLING ALL PICTURE BOOK WRITERS: There's a weekly chat just for us over at every Sunday evening (for those operating on Eastern Time)/Monday mornings (for those in Australia)/whatever time it is where you are in the world when it's Sunday evening on the East Coast.  For more info on that and for instructions on how to join in, go here.

That's about all I have space for, but I'm opening the floor to you guys.  I want to make sure everything gets in here, so I'm not posting again until Tuesday, and I hope that if you know of a class/workshop/webinar and you think it looks good, you'll let us all know about it (with web addresses so we can find out more, please) in the comments.  Have a great rest of the weekend!


  1. It does seem that there are more and more writing classes being offered, either online or where ever. Or maybe I'm just more aware of them now. Some of these look really good.

  2. It's fantastic to see so many opportunities out there for us to learn/improve our skills/meet up with other writers. Bring it on!!! :)

  3. Hi, Tina! Welcome to my blog! I'm pretty excited about the webinar and the U of T classes. If you know of any upcoming workshops or conferences in your area, feel free to post them here in the comments. And thanks for stopping by!

    And Rach - you can say that again! :-) Feel free to post anything you know about here.