Learn from the Mesdames


Madeleine Harris-CallwayGreetings Readers!

Many of the Mesdames are accomplished teachers and mentors. The New Year offers several opportunities for aspiring writers to learn from established crime fiction authors.

The Mesdames’ fall teaching sessions are now in full gear.

Note: Although some of the winter sessions have already started, a few spots may still be available. Also sessions continue throughout the year. Use the links to contact each Mme for further information.

Rosemary AubertMme Rosemary Aubert continues her novel writing course at the Loyalist Summer Arts Program.  This year the subject is Manuscript to Book and features lectures, discussions, student presentations, workshops and individual interviews with the teacher.  The session runs from June 23rd to 27th at Loyalist College, Belleville.  For more information visit www.loyalistfocus.com and click on Summer Arts.

This fall, Mme Rosemary leads a six-week course on Life and Death in the Valley of the Don, an in-depth look at the influence of the Don River on the lives and history of Toronto.  The course begins September 10th.  For more information visit the website of the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies.


Melodie CampbellMme Melodie Campbell teaches novel writing at Sheridan College, Oakville.  Crafting a Novel I is a fourteen week course that outlines a practical, step-by-step approach to developing and building a novel.  Ample time is allowed each week for feedback on students’ work.  Individual assistance is also available.  Classes are held on Wednesdays, starting January 15th, April 30th and September 10th.

Mme Melodie Campbell is giving the workshop , Building Atmosphere in Fiction, at the Brantford Public Library, 173 Colbourne St., Brantford, Saturday, October 18th, 2 pm.

Mme Melodie continues to teach her popular course, Crafting a Novel 1, at Sheridan College, Oakville. The next session starts January 14, 2015, Wednesday nights from 7 to 10 pm.

For more information visit funnygirlmelodie.blogspot.ca and use the “Workshops & Contact Info” link.

Mme Donna Carrick has offered her experience as a mentor to aspiring crime writers through the Crime Writers of Canada Mentorship program. She has been honoured to work with a number of talented protégées, including author Bill Hall, whose police thriller set in the UK was short-listed for the Arthur Ellis “Unhanged Arther” award! In addition, Donna speaks to groups and individuals on the topics of e-Publishing, Indie Publishing, Print on Demand and Building an Author Platform. She will appear at the Vaughan Public Library in Spring 2014, date TBA.

Visit Donna at her Website, or at Carrick Publishing.com.

Vicki DelanyMme Vicki Delany is teaching her eight week course on Writing Popular Fiction starting January 14th at the Bloomfield Public Library in Prince Edward County. Students will learn how to create compelling plots and characters readers care about as well as how to approach the business side of novel writing.

For more information visit www.vickidelany.com and use the “Contact Us” link.

Cheryl FreedmanMme Cheryl Freedman is a seasoned editor of crime fiction and has assured the successful publication of many books. Her client, Derrick Carew, was shortlisted for the 2013 Debut Dagger for his thriller, Fighting Darkness: The Killer Trail, which will be published in spring 2014 by NeWest Press.

Cheryl is also the chair of Bloody Words 2014. Be sure to register now for this prestigious gathering of Canada’s finest Crime writers and enthusiasts, to be held June 6 – 8, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Toronto at 370 King Street West, Toronto.

Caro SolesMme Caro Soles is teaching novel writing at George Brown College, Toronto. The next session of Novel Writing I; How to Start Writing Your Novel begins January 15, 2015, Thursday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Novel Writing II: How to Develop Your Novel begins January 13, 2015, Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Contact Continuing Education at Sheridan and George Brown Colleges to register.

For more information visit http://carosoles.com/ and www.coned.georgebrown.ca.

Sylvia Maultash WarshMme Sylvia Warsh teaches classes in writing at the Bernard Betel Centre for Creative Living, a community centre geared for seniors, 1003 Steeles Avenue, near Bathurst Ave., North York. The course helps students develop writing skills in memoir, personal experience, short story and poetry. Classes take place Fridays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, starting January 10th. They continue throughout the year with new sessions in the spring and fall.

For more information visit www.sylviawarsh.com and use the “Contact Us” link.


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