The Quick Brown Fiox

Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, June 30 – Aug 18, in Burlington

Intensive Creative Writing
8 Tuesday afternoons
June 30 – Aug 18, 2015
12:15 to 2:45 p.m.
First set of readings emailed June 23
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)

Intensive Creative Writing isn't for beginners; it's for people who have been writing for a while or who have done a course or two before and are working on their own projects. Over the eight weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in four pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on.

Besides critiquing pieces, the instructor will give short lectures addressing the needs of the group, and in addition to learning how to critique your own work and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that the greatest benefits come from seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding.

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

See all three weekly classes offered this summer here.
Check out a review of the Intensive course here. More reviews here.

Fee: 184.96 + 13% hst = 179
To reserve your spot now, email:

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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Posted on 26 May 2015 | 12:05 pm



Frances Drake, Toby Wing et 
Lona Andre.

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Posted on 27 May 2015 | 1:21 am

Other Food - Daily Devotions

A mind set on "flesh"

Dessert garnish of smudge with hearts
TODAY'S SPECIAL: Romans 8:1-17

"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit." Romans 8:5

Paul talks about two opposing states of being here—in the Spirit and in the flesh. In another meditation on this passage, I focused on what it means to be set on the Spirit. Today let's look at what a flesh setting looks look. Of course, we're all still in the flesh physically. But being in the flesh (carnal) also has soul and spirit connotations.

To start with, our passage gives us some clues:
- There is spiritual condemnation for those who live by the flesh alone - Romans 8:1.

- It is its own law - Romans 8:2.

- In God's eyes, Jesus' death in the flesh—His perfect flesh—is the substitutionary death for us sinners and fulfilled God's righteous requirement that sin be punished - Romans 8:3,4.

- As people who have accepted Christ's death in our stead, we become people of the Spirit and now have the freedom and right to set our minds on the things of the Spirit; to live in the Spirit- Romans 8:5.

However, Paul's emphasis on the necessity of this and the possibility that even people of the Spirit may still be living under the tyranny of the flesh alerts us to that possibility for us.

A walk through scripture helps us understand what a carnal (fleshly) mindset and life looks like in attitude and behavior.

- It prefers the tangible to the intangible.
  • Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of food - Genesis 25:34.
  • The Israelites were ready to exchange their freedom to be able to again fill up on that fabulous Egyptian food - Exodus 16:3.
- It is controlled by appetite. Numbers 11:4 calls it "intense craving."

- It is sacrilegious.
  • God scolds Eli for not correcting his sons, who treated the sacrifice elements with disdain - 1 Samuel 2:29.
  • Paul brings up the same attitude to the Corinthians in regard to the Lord's Supper - 1 Corinthians 11:21.
- It resents God's restrictions and pushes His limits - Psalm 78:18; 106:14.

- It has no thought of anything past this life - Isaiah 22:13; Matthew 24:38; Luke 17:27; Philippians 3:19.

- Its repentance is insincere - Hosea 7:14.

- It finds reassurance in false prophecy - Micah 2:11.

- It seeks God for His benefits - John 6:26. Fleshly pastors (shepherds) are in ministry to benefit themselves - Zechariah 11:16.

- It is characterized by worry over the things of this life - Matthew 6:25. Those cares choke out the working of God's word - Mark 4:19.

- It is a captive of sin - Romans 7:14.
  • In the Christian who has tasted the Spirit life, this results in internal conflict - Romans 7:23, 24.
  • This conflict can lead to discord with other believers - James 4:1-5.
- When the flesh wins, the end result is a love of the world - 1 John 2:15,16.

- It is living the "works" of Galatians 5:19-21.

- The sobering end of someone who lives life solely in the flesh is spelled out in Revelation 18:9-18, i.e. they will someday find that all they had put their hopes in has burned up.

Do you find elements of your self described in the above list? Sadly, I do. Let's heed the advice of Paul and carefully guard the set of our minds, moving it off "Flesh" to "Spirit" whenever necessary.

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, thank You for making a life set on the Spirit possible. Please alert me to when my mind slips into its old flesh setting of worry, envy, jealousy, anger etc. I want the Spirit setting to be the habit of my life. Amen.

Unless otherwise noted all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Posted on 26 May 2015 | 9:00 am

Anglican Samizdat

Anglican Church of Canada: mission and the big picture

I have two rain barrels fed by the water running into the downspout from my roof. Up until now, I had no idea how to link my rain barrels to the “big picture” of the mission of the church. Come … Continue reading

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Posted on 20 May 2015 | 12:22 am


OMG! I Reached the Target!!! -24.5kgs!!

I've been so busy and it has been hard to follow the diet since my new job begin but still at least my brain has burned some energy so much while I've been sitting front of the computer that this morning when I stepped on the scale, for the last time of this project, it showed me 62.5kgs, meaning that I managed to reach my target weight that I set a year ago! 

I haven't yet checked the wedding dress but it should fit. I try it this evening when the kids fall asleep! And I promise to come back with photos and final fitness test results but don't wait me too early. I have to travel to Norway next week so the updates may last...



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Posted on 15 January 2015 | 7:14 pm

After the Kids leave

Time for some time off

Dear Readers, As you know, Wendy is currently in Toronto with her grandson Scott, and I’m back home, but in that stage between selling a house and buying another, and getting all the furniture from the old place to the new. And of course, when Wendy gets home, she’ll be moving from London to Toronto…let’s […]

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Posted on 22 May 2015 | 4:06 am

Buzz Feed

Which Class Would You Teach At Hogwarts?

You probably already know which Hogwarts house you would be sorted into as a student, but have you thought about coming back to teach?

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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 7:23 am

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Sun Safe & Sassy! $150 UV Couture Giveaway

Fashion before function.  It’s something I’ve been known to say. It absolutely applies to many of my pretty pairs of shoes, definitely applies to a couple of those rather tight fitting dresses, and when it comes to dressing for the beach?  I can admit I’ve spent more time worrying about how it looks than if […]

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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 1:25 pm

Progressive Bloggers

Montreal Simon: The New Campaign to Mind Bomb the Harper Government

It's been almost two months since a ship spewed oil all over Vancouver's English Bay.And who can forget how slow the federal reaction was, or how the hapless Con beluga James Moore reacted?So now that we know how much an oil spill in nearby Burrard Inlet could cost that city. A major oil spill in Burrard Inlet would devastate Vancouver's marine and shore-based economy resulting in losses amounting to $1.2 billion, according to a University of B.C. study commissioned by the city.I'm really glad that Adbusters has just launched this new ad.Read more »

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Posted on 27 May 2015 | 12:56 am

Bird Droppings

Free speech - like it AND lump it

   If there's one thing activists on both ends of the political spectrum can agree on, it's free speech - more specifically, the primacy of free speech when it serves their agenda.
   Celebrity Montreal chef David MacMillan, better known by his public persona "Joe Beef", sparked an online firestorm last week when he tweeted an open invitation to convicted war criminal Omar Khadr and called Prime Minister Stephen Harper a "dumbass".  MacMillan subsequently deleted the tweet and apologized, but not before the hashtag #boycottJoeBeef was trending across Canada.
   Interestingly, MacMillan's apology generated at least as much response as his original tweet - mostly from supporters who said he had nothing to apologize for and should have stuck to his guns rather than acquiesce to an online lunch mob.  As someone who's had social media bullies gun for my livelihood on the basis of my opinion, I can sympathize with Joe Beef.  Of course, free speech is a two way street, so MacMillan's critics are as free to encourage a boycott as he is to offer Omar Khadr lunch on the house.
   The Muhammad cartoon contest that resulted in a failed terrorist attack and two dead jihadis in Garland, Texas, was less about opinion than it was about free speech versus hate speech.  The event's organizer, Pamela Geller, is an outspoken anti-Islamist who's widely regarded as a hate monger by hopelessly naive leftists who buy into the "religion of peace" narrative despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.  That was the whole point of Geller's event - to illustrate the lunacy of the premise that someone deserves to die for drawing a picture. The two would-be "martyrs" who showed up with assault rifles proved her point by their choice, at the cost of their lives.  Her detractors' claims that Geller provoked the attack and is responsible for the violence is beyond flimsy.  She didn't stage the event in Mecca.  She held it deep in the heart of Texas, which is deep in the heart of America, which is as home turf as it gets for free speech advocates. 
   That's the deal with free speech: Joe Beef has as much right to invite an admitted murderer to his restaurant as Pamela Geller has to mock Muhammad, and you have the right to support one and criticize the other.  It's a bit - or even a lot - like a dog chasing its own tail, but for anyone who values independent thought and expression over regulated groupthink and censorship,  it's the best system we've got. 

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Posted on 10 May 2015 | 4:50 pm

Trashys World

PCPO leadership race

I’m obviously NOT a supporter of Ontario’s PC Party, but am rooting for Patrick Brown over Christine Elliott in the current version of Ontario conservatives fighting amongst themselves to decide who will lead the party that Davis built.These two are so far apart that it reminds me of the Jean/Paul differences in bygone days. More […]

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Posted on 1 May 2015 | 10:53 pm

The Galloping Beaver

RMC misogyny continued

It just goes from bad to worse. First we hear about about massively disrespectful and insubordinate jeering that Julie Lalonde got from Officer Cadets (rank given to officer trainees) at RMC. Next we find that her received mistreatment and abuse continued on Twitter in the months after the event, including the belated apology letter from the Commandant. Further still, the 'disciplinary action'

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Posted on 24 May 2015 | 5:50 pm

Michael Geist

Why The Copyright Board Decision Affirms Canadian Education’s Approach to Fair Dealing

The Copyright Board of Canada delivered a devastating defeat to Access Copyright on Friday, releasing its decision on a tariff for copying by employees of provincial governments. Yesterday's post provided a detailed review of the decision, including the Board's findings on the limits of Access Copyright's repertoire, the scope of insubstantial copying, and the proper interpretation of fair dealing.

The decision focused on copying within provincial and territorial governments, but much of the analysis can be easily applied within an education context. Indeed, since the Supreme Court of Canada 2012 copyright decisions, there has been a very public battle over the validity of fair dealing guidelines that have been widely adopted by the Canadian education community.  I've written several posts on the education consensus (here and here) and there are no shortage of the fair dealing guidelines readily available online.

The post Why The Copyright Board Decision Affirms Canadian Education’s Approach to Fair Dealing appeared first on Michael Geist.

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Posted on 26 May 2015 | 1:41 pm

Montreal Simon

Robert Fisk: Why Harper's Blind Support of Israel is Dangerous

Last week I wrote that Stephen Harper's threat to use hate laws against Canadians who peacefully protest the actions of Israel's brutish Netanyahu regime, was the first shadow of a police state. 

Now Robert Fisk, the distinguished Middle East correspondent, has taken that criticism a step further.

By calling Harper's blind support of Israel both crazy AND dangerous.
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Posted on 18 May 2015 | 10:20 pm

Ghost of a Flea

Balmain | Fall Winter 2015/2016

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Posted on 26 May 2015 | 1:48 pm

The Disaffected Lib

Yes, Yes! Scottish Independence, Round Two. Maybe Cameron Won't Bring Them to Kneel, Too.

It won't be the first time the Scots have saved the Brits from themselves.

David Cameron may be enjoying his fiendish (minority vote/majority seat) majority only to preside over the end - yes, the end - of the United Kingdom.

The arrogant bastard (Jeebus, there's no one as arrogant as a Tory with a majority) has not even given his supporters time to reflect and repent for what they have done before he launched a "Pearl Harbour" on his nation's Human Rights Act and set in motion, via his cabinet appointments, the machinery to shred Britain's social safety net.  This guy may be out to make Margaret Thatcher look like a pussy.

Yeah, well - there's one bunch of people who may not be "on" for this, the same bunch who regularly kicked English backsides and made possible this country into which I, my parents and ancestors going back several generations, my kids and theirs were (will be) born.

The Scottish National Party, in terms of raw numbers the biggest winner of them all in the latest elections, says they won't feel bound to get Cameron's consent to another independence referendum.  Nor bloody well should they.

If Cameron loses - or essentially forfeits - the Union in the early pursuit of his radical ideology, it could wipe out crippling conservatism going back to Thatcher.  The Scots could hand him a double defeat, a legacy twice besmirched.

A very sizeable percentage of Scots expressed 'buyers' remorse' after having defeated the first sovereignty referendum.  In the months afterward an enormous majority of Scots wanted another vote - for independence.

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Posted on 15 May 2015 | 8:23 am

De Smog Blog

How David Henderson Became One of the IPCC’s Most Able and Determined Foes

In this DeSmog UK epic history post we meet David Henderson, who accidentally became one of the IPCC’s fiercest opponents.

David Henderson is a fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) where he is valued as an eloquent and modest advocate of radical free market capitalism. But, his engagement with climate scepticism “came about in an entirely unplanned and fortuitous way.”

The former head of the economic division of the state-funded international Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was, in April 2003, spending his retirement busily devising a book which he planned to call False Consensus: Dark Visions and Collectivist Remedies.

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Posted on 26 May 2015 | 7:01 am


The Wire Troll: Brad Ziegler Back to Closing

Ziegler has tossed six straight scoreless outings to trim his ERA to a very tidy 0.90, and he's been nearly unhittable with even better control than usual so far this season. He's saved 34 games in his career, so is not a neophyte in this role; scoop him up if you need help in this department.

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Posted on 24 May 2015 | 7:08 pm

Canadian Living

Are you ready to move in with your partner?

If you're ready to take your relationship to the next level by moving in with your partner, make sure you're doing it for the right reasons.

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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 12:00 am

Pro Woman Pro Life

Is Shawn Simoes a scapegoat?

Let me first say that the #FHRITP trend is misogynistic and demeaning, and I applaud Shauna Hunt for not being cowered by the men who were harassing her. Shawn Simoes, the ridiculously unlikable man who has been fired from his job after being recorded supporting the #FHRITP trend, is not a popular guy at the moment with […]

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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 3:18 pm


Fast-track authority stalls the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 5:19 pm

Rolling Around in My Head

Stop. Just. Stop.

Lydia Brown holding a sign protesting the use of contingent electric shock.
I've written, in the past, about the use of contingent electric shock. I written about the smell of burned flesh. I cannot imagine that this kind of treatment is seen as treatment and not as what it is, a blatant exercise of power permitted only because of the perceived subhuman nature of those who's lives, movements and choices are dictated by pain. I remember when the instruments of torture were called what they were 'cattle prods.'
Under the name of treatment people are hurt, humiliated and had their humanity erased.

Isn't it time to listen to the voices of self advocates and stop?

Isn't it?

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Posted on 26 May 2015 | 3:27 pm

A Canadian Foodie

Rhubarb Custard Squares or Tart

The Tart Tang of Spring in an Old Time Prairie Favourite: Rhubarb Custard Squares Rhubarb is the boldest and bravest of garden perennials and rearing its head in the early frosty Spring, signaling the end to a dreary long Winter. Tingles of excitement sting through me as I dream of the new growing season to...

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Posted on 20 May 2015 | 10:34 pm

Dean Somerset

Beyond the Butt Wink: Part 3

So in my attempt to break the internet, the previous two components of this series looked at the specific research behind the variations in hip structure and the relative risk of injuries associated with some of those alignments (Part 1 HERE) and also methods you could use to assess yourself to determine not only the…… Read More

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Posted on 21 May 2015 | 2:00 pm

Knit Nut

Ernie goes to Italy: Part I

I was going to blog about Italy today, but I didn’t get around to it. Here’s the thing: an Italy post needs pictures. I have a new camera (a real one, not a phone) and I’ve started learning Adobe Lightroom but I’m still figuring it out. So far I’ve imported our 1,987 Italy pictures, sorted [...]

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Posted on 24 November 2014 | 2:42 am