The Quick Brown Fiox

Beginners to advanced creative writing courses starting this winter

Welcome to Creative Writing
9 weeks of discovering your creative side
Thursday afternoons, Jan 28 – March 31, 2016 (no class March 16)
12:45 - 2:45
St Cuthbert's Church, 1541 Oakhill Drive, Oakville, Ontario (Map here)  
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. We’ll explore writing fictional stories and writing true stories, writing technique and creativity technique, getting down your very best writing and just for fun writing.
The class has the same format as "Welcome to Creative Writing," but we look at different aspects of writing. With either course, you get a shot of inspiration every week and an assignment to keep you going till the next class. Best of all, this class will provide a zero-pressure, totally safe setting, where your words will grow and flower.
Read two reviews of Brian's "Welcome" course here, and see other reviews here.
158.41 + hst = 179
To reserve your spot, email:

Writing Personal Stories
8 weeks of sharing and writing
Tuesday afternoons, Feb 2 – March 29
12:45 – 2:45 a.m.
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Drive, Oakville, Ontario (Map here.)
If you've ever considered writing your personal stories, this course is for you. We’ll look at memoirs, travel writing, personal essays, family history ~ personal stories of all kinds. Plus, of course, we’ll work on creativity and writing technique and have fun doing it.
Whether you want to write a book or just get your thoughts down on paper, this weekly course will get you going. 
We'll reveal the tricks and conventions of telling true stories, and we’ll show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Weekly writing exercises and friendly feedback from the instructor will help you move forward on this writing adventure. Whether you want to write for your family and friends or for a wider public, don't miss this course.
Read reviews of the Writing Personal Stories course here, and to read reviews of other courses and workshops, just scroll down.
Fee: 140.71 plus 13% hst = 159
To reserve your spot, email:

The Next Step in Creative Writing
10 weeks of creative growth
Offered in two locales:
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Jan 20 – March 30 (no class March 16)
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
Thursday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Jan 21 – March 31 (no class March 17)
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown, Ontario (In the village of Glen Williams (Map here.)
The Next Step in Creative Writing will challenge you to take a step up in your writing. Over the ten weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in five 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 at the start of class, 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 supportive group and a rewarding class.
Check out two reviews of the Next Step course hereAnd see more reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
Fee: 176.11 + 13% hst = 199.  
To reserve your spot now, email:
Note: I start working out the schedule for when participants are due to bring in a piece of their writing three weeks before our start date, so please try to sign up by December 31. In any case, these courses fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment. ~ Brian

Intensive Creative Writing
8 weeks towards mastering your craft
Wednesday afternoons, 12:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Jan 20 – March 9
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
This Intensive course 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 twelve weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in six 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.
Check out a review of the Intensive course here. More reviews here.
Fee: 158.71 + 13% hst = 179
To reserve your spot now, email:
Note: I start working out the schedule for when participants are due to bring in a piece of their writing three weeks before our start date, so please try to sign up by December 31. In any case, these courses fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment. ~ Brian

Note: Don't ever miss a post on Quick Brown Fox. Fill in your email in the box to the right under my bio, and get each post delivered to your Inbox. ~ Brian

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. With Cecilia Anca Popescu, he is the co-author of Bloody Christmas, a memoir of the 1989 Romanian Revolution, which is currently under consideration with a literary agent. 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 Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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Posted on 4 October 2015 | 2:39 am

Other Food - Daily Devotions


TODAY'S SPECIAL: Esther 9:20-10:3

"And Mordecai wrote these things and sent letters to all the Jews, near and far, who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, to establish among them that they should celebrate yearly the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar, as the days on which the Jews had rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor." - Esther 9:20-22

Every time I log onto Facebook I get a little reminder of whom among my friends is celebrating a birthday on this day. Sending people greets and having parties on birthdays is one way we celebrate individuals in our culture.

We also celebrate special days: love on Valentine's Day, all things Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mothers and Fathers on their respective days, our country on our national holiday...

God is a great believer in celebrations. The Old Testament is full of parties (called "Feasts") that He instituted for the Israelites to celebrate. In some ways they were a lot like our holidays. The Israelites were to take time off work and they often ate special food.

But these feasts were also different. Most of our celebrations are only a day or a weekend long. Some of the Israelites' feasts lasted a whole week or longer. And while our celebrations are often all about us–what gifts we’ll get, what we’ll eat, how much fun we’ll have–the Israelites’ holidays helped them focus on God.

Some of them, like the Passover, helped them remember how God had helped in the past. Others, like the Feast of First fruits, were times they gave God the first things they harvested. The Feast of Purim (instituted by Mordecai here) reminded them of the miraculous turn of events that began when Queen Esther took her life in her hands to approach the king and beg for the life of her people.

In addition to helping the people remember what God had done, celebrations were also one way the Israelites were to fulfill God's command to teach His ways to their children. Moses instructed them on this in Deuteronomy 6. Not only were parents to explain God's laws to their children in the course of everyday life (Deuteronomy 6:6-9) but they were also to explain God's miracle interventions in the context of His testimonies, statutes and judgements (which included observing the special feasts - Deuteronomy 6:20-22).

Perhaps it wouldn't be a bad idea to add some spiritual celebrations to our secular ones—having  parties, for example, commemorating the day we were born again, the day we were baptized, or the day God answered a significant prayer for us or our family. Because we also need to keep these memories strong and pass the stories on to our kids!

PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for reasons to celebrate and times of celebration. Help me to take time to recall and retell the stories of how You have worked in my life and the life of my family. Amen.

MORE: Purim

The Jewish people still celebrate the Feast of Purim. Here are some things they do on that day:

1. They read the story of Esther from the Hegillah (the Scroll). They cheer whenever Esther’s name is mentioned, boo at Haman’s name and wave graggers or noisemakers. They also act out the story in plays.

2. They wear costumes, disguises and masks to remind them of how Esther had to hide the fact that she was Jewish.

3. They send gifts to each other and the poor. They also invite people to join them in a special Purim meal.

4. They make special food. One treat is called Hamantaschen (Haman’s Hat). It is a three-cornered pastry filled with poppy seeds or prunes.

(Adapted from the Bible Drive-Thru devotion "From Sadness to Celebration")

The Feast of Purim is celebrated on the 14th of Adar (Hebrew calendar), which changes from year to year on the secular calendar. 
2015 - March 3 & 4; 
2016 - March 23 & 24; 
2017 - March 9 & 12.


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.

Bible Drive-Thru

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Posted on 6 October 2015 | 9:00 am

Anglican Samizdat

Discipline is on the agenda of the Primates’ meeting

David Virtue is reporting that both TEC and the ACoC are to be disciplined at the Primates’ meeting in January. There are ACoC clergy that have a keen interest in discipline, but only if it is accompanied by bondage. From … Continue reading

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Posted on 6 October 2015 | 7:54 pm


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

Dr OddGlove – or how I came to hate my dentist

Yes, I know, I know, we’re on a “break”.  But I just have to interrupt our brief holiday to up-date you on my harrowing experience with the Demon Dentist of Harley Street.  I wrote the post below, along with a follow-up, about a year ago, detailing all the ways I’d like to torture my (former) […]

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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 12:13 pm

Buzz Feed

28 Insanely Clever Halloween Costumes For Your Inner Geek

Halloween geek on fleek.

This mystifying Mystique

This mystifying Mystique


These SUPER Mario and Luigi costumes

These SUPER Mario and Luigi costumes

–Joanna Good, Facebook

This mind-boggling Minecraft man

This mind-boggling Minecraft man


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Posted on 6 October 2015 | 2:24 pm

How to survive life in the suburbs

How To Pack For An All-Inclusive Getaway! #BeachesMoms

Later this month we’re headed to Beaches Resort in the Turks and Caicos.  My family and I will spend 7 glorious days walking one of the most beautiful beaches of the world, eating in as many of the 20 restaurants as possible, splashing in the ridiculous number of pools, and finding new adventures around every […]

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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 2:12 pm

Progressive Bloggers

Excited Delirium: BREAKING: Federal Court of Appeal F-U to Stephen Harper’s Campaign of Hate

Now that a piece of fabric can’t be used as a wedge issue, how will Stephen Harper and the Conservatives distract Canadians from the real issues like corruption, fraud, economic mismanagement and environmental disaster?

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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 9:27 pm

Bird Droppings

The captaincy: there was no right or wrong choice

   The Canadiens couldn't win when they named their new captain.  They also couldn't lose.
   While I share the opinion of widely-read columnists and bloggers on both sides of the language divide that PK Subban was best candidate for the "C", there's no credibility in attempting to diminish the elevation of Max Pacioretty to the most coveted and respected leadership position in professional hockey - if not in all of pro sports.  
   Unlike the boisterous and engaging Subban, Pacioretty is a quiet, leadership-by-example type whose near-miraculous recovery powers in the wake of a string of serious injuries have imbued him with an aura of indestructibility.  Most tellingly, he was awarded the captaincy after a vote among the players.  As much as it's a stretch and a trivialization of professional soldiering to say that athletes "go to war" together, there is a sort of military mentality in team sports, where - as in combat - the biggest responsibility is to the guys next to you, and the greatest fear is letting them down.  In those circumstances, leadership is paramount, and there are no better judges of leadership qualities than those being led.  If the guys who live check by jowl in circumstances of shared challenges and adversity decided collectively that Pacioretty was the best choice for a leader, that should be good enough for anyone.
   It's also not as if Subban lost the lottery here.   He's still in a leadership position as an alternate captain and the heir apparent whenever Pacioretty has to miss a week or two with a femoral shaft fracture or collapsed lung.  He's the unquestioned face of the franchise, which is saying something when one of his teammates won the lion's share of the hardware at the NHL Awards.  Along with being the Canadiens best player who's not Carey Price, Subban's stock in the community soared last week with his unprecedented generosity to the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation.  For cynics who think it was public relations posturing for the captaincy, there are much cheaper ways of grandstanding that making a 10 million dollar commitment to charity.  Haterz gonna hate, as the kids today are wont to say. 
   Subban would have made a great captain.  He still might someday.  In the meantime, he'll be a dependable lieutenant to a guy who's every bit as qualified for the captaincy, in different ways.  Whatever else the Canadiens shortcomings might be entering the 2015-2016 season, quality leadership is not one of them.

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Posted on 23 September 2015 | 1:16 am

Trashys World

Hey CPC! Leave Canadian icons be!

So it is becoming painfully obvious that the CPC is feeling the pressure and are actually considering the possibility that they may not form the next government. Hence, the shorts pants in the PMO have launched a pre-planning campaign to counter such an eventuality. Code named “Operation Impending Doom (OID)”, the strategy is to trot out and associate the […]

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Posted on 22 September 2015 | 5:58 pm

The Galloping Beaver

Windows 10 Question

Windows 10. I've got the installation file sitting idle waiting for me to make a decision. Should I install it?

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Posted on 20 September 2015 | 7:52 pm

Michael Geist

Is the Canadian Government Misleading the Public on the TPP Copyright Provisions?

The initial Canadian press coverage on the conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations has unsurprisingly focused on the dairy sector, with word that the government plans to effectively create a milk tax by transferring billions of dollars to dairy farmers without any evidence of loss. Lost in the coverage are the copyright and privacy implications of the deal. From a copyright perspective, it is notable that the Canadian government has sought to downplay the TPP, releasing a summary that suggests that it is consistent with current law. The government's description of the copyright provisions in the TPP state:

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Posted on 6 October 2015 | 1:55 pm

Montreal Simon

The Dead Syrian Boy and the Ghastly Denial of the Harper Cons

It couldn't have been a more revolting spectacle, or one more monstrous.

The heartbreaking image of that poor little Syrian boy lying dead on a beach.

And three Con monkeys in denial. 

All shedding crocodile tears, but claiming to be blameless.

Even as their campaign went into crisis mode.
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Posted on 4 September 2015 | 11:28 am

Ghost of a Flea

Cameron: Cinderella of the Wastelands

The uncensored story of Marjorie Cameron. She would often say to me, ‘Scott, you don’t...

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Posted on 6 October 2015 | 12:48 pm

The Disaffected Lib

Perfect Timing! Harper is Closing in the Polls so Mulcair Moves to Attack Trudeau.

Where have I heard that song before?

Harper's poll numbers are rebounding and so, in the full tradition of the Great Layton, Mulcair is focusing the NDP's efforts on attacking Trudeau.

How I cast my vote on October 19th is irrelevant, utterly inconsequential, especially in contrast to what Mulcair is doing to aid and abet Stephen Harper's bid to cling to power. It's what the NDP did to Martin. It's what they did to Ignatieff. And now it's Mulcair's turn to do the same goddamned thing to the Trudeau Liberals.

Might as well enjoy it. I'm sorry and I hate to point this out but, if this music doesn't embed itself in you at some quasi-primal lebel, you got to ask yourself just what that tells you.

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Posted on 2 October 2015 | 6:43 am

De Smog Blog

Amber Rudd: Climate Crisis, What Climate Crisis?

It’s safe to say climate change is not on the Conservative Party conference agenda this year. If you showed up just 12 minutes late to Monday afternoon’s main event, you would’ve missed energy secretary Amber Rudd entirely. And indeed, it seems quite a few people did.

In contrast, there were enormous queues seen in the morning ahead of the big speech on the economy by chancellor George Osborne. Rudd addressed a room that felt three-quarters full.

As one conference attendee noted while waiting: “Climate is obviously not the biggest draw.” It felt like a show’s opening act as everyone waited for the main agenda: local government.

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Posted on 6 October 2015 | 6:22 am


Matt Beleskey 2015-16 Outlook

If Boston still has any hopes of making the playoffs, it needed a top nine forward. But how many points should we expect Beleskey to put up and how valuable of a player is he?

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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 8:24 pm

Canadian Living

Pumpkin carving idea: Nautical white pumpkins

Are ghoulish ghosts and spooky skeletons not your style? Try a pumpkin carving that matches your decor, like these stylish white nautical numbers.

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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 1:58 pm

Pro Woman Pro Life

Way to go, Kellie Leitch

Strong, powerful women are pro-life women. I am pro-life,” Leitch said at a Collingwood Royal Canadian Legion. She credited her experience as a pediatric surgeon as a factor in upholding her anti-abortion position.

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Posted on 2 October 2015 | 10:41 pm


Islamophobia, the niqab and dog-whistle racism in the Canadian election

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Posted on 6 October 2015 | 4:20 am

Rolling Around in My Head

"Of Course!"

Photo Description: The yellow Election's Canada sign pointing to a polling station. The disability access symbol is on the sign, which is pointing downwards.
Voting is a serious matter for both Joe and I. We are voters. We try to be informed voters as well. To us, voting is a precious won right and a vitally important responsibility. So when we realized that we were away from home on voting day and that we would barely make it back for the advance polls we decided to take advantage of 'special ballot' voting. This means that up until the 13th of October we can go to Elections Canada Office of the Returning Officer and cast a ballot. We did this yesterday. I had called ahead to see about the hours and the accessibility and when I asked about access the woman was almost insulted, "Of course we are accessible, sir, of course we are." I didn't say anything but in my experience there's lots of places where you'd assume, incorrectly, "of course," to access.

We were informed about the 'special ballot' voting in a mailing that we received from Elections Canada. What was cool about that mailing was that it had a list of the accessibility features of both the advance poll and the voting day polling stations. I popped over to the accessibility page on the Elections Canada website and was pretty impressed. I really liked being able to type in my postal code and find out everything I needed to know about polling stations. I found the list of mandatory (and preferred) features used in selection polling stations interesting. I liked the fact that accessibility was more than just getting in, there was information on assistance with marking a ballot and for sign language, amongst other languages, and that they could take requests in 110 languages.

We arrived just a little after one and went through the voting process, which is different, but not difficult, we discovered for 'special ballots' and then slammed our vote into the voting box. The whole thing was easy because access was simply an 'of course' and there was nothing to worry about. I will admit, though, when it came our turn, I asked Joe to go first just to check out the area for accessibility, I have a large chair after all. In the end Joe was still in, finishing up voting, when it came to be my turn. It was the same woman who had come to get Joe and when I was in her office having my ID checked, I relaxed.

It was an "of course."

I voted, freely - which means something a little different for a disabled voter.

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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 12:00 pm

A Canadian Foodie

Thermomix Thai Butternut Squash Soup

Do not underestimate how outstanding this recipe for Thai Butternut Squash Soup is! This is the best soup I have ever made. Seriously. The Porchini Chestnut Soup with Truffle Oil remains outstanding, as do others, of course, but I have conquered the complexity of these foreign-to-me Thai flavours thanks to Jenny Wijesinghe, Coach in the...

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Posted on 2 October 2015 | 5:28 am

Dean Somerset

What You Don’t Know About Bosu Balls

Today I had an article published on T-Nation that was all about how, when, and why you would want to use a bosu ball in your training. I’ll give you a little hint: they’re good for a few more things than just holding a door open, but like any tool, they have specific outcomes with…… Read More

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Posted on 2 October 2015 | 3:30 pm

Knit Nut

The edible helium balloon!

I don’t have an actual bucket list, but if I did, inhaling helium would have been on it. I finally got my chance to do it a couple of weeks ago, in the most unlikely of places. An edible helium balloon was served as a dessert course in a fancy restaurant!

I took GC to [...]

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Posted on 25 August 2015 | 6:16 pm