Creative Writing Courses and Endorsements

Upcoming Writing Workshops


Guided Online Writing Workshop Series – any location

Estimated duration of the course is 8-12 weeks, but pacing is up to your discretion and follows your schedule, providing it takes no more than 12 months (one year) after signup to complete.

Unless by prearrangement, the first new spaces will become available on November 15, 2018.

Description: Start when you like, work at your own pace and receive extensive evaluation and advice based on your writing. The Guided Online Writing Workshop Series is designed for writers who want a significant portion of a draft of their novel, or non-fiction project, completed by the end of the course. Feedback will cover all the aspects of plot/structure, narrative style, tense, point of view, dialogue, and we will work on plot development to make sure that you are keeping reader interest. Call (403) 915-7685 or email for more details or to register.


Live Workshops Given Seasonally:

The Story, (3 hours, live), 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. This is a relaxed workshop in a mutually supportive atmosphere. During brainstorming sessions and other exercises you will learn how to pitch a story, and how to sustain conflict and suspense. We will explore plot, character development, style, sentence structure, the use of present, past, and future tenses, point of view, use of third or first person, dialogue, and dramatic tension. Call 403 915 7685 or email if you wish to preregister for next available course.

Prepare to Publish, (2 live 3-hour sessions), 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Through these sessions each participant will build a strategy for matching his or her work to a publisher and a marketplace. Participants will learn how to look for the right fit, how to entice a publisher with their blurb and biography, and how to make sure their manuscript is polished enough for submission. Call 403 915 7685 or email if you wish to preregister for next available course.

“When I first signed up for Paul’s novel writing course, the ad said he would help bring our projects to life and he delivered well beyond my expectations. His feedback, support and encouragement are the reasons Braco is on the bookstore shelves today.” Lesleyanne Ryan author of the Atlantic Book Award-nominated novel, Braco
(Breakwater Books).

“I had the privilege of Paul Butler’s editorial expertise on my novel Priya’s World and the end result is the sweet taste of acceptance from a highly regarded Toronto publisher. Paul’s thoughtful, incisive editing style takes your raw talent and helps you sculpt it into a polished, professional piece. Paul is one of the best!” Tara Nanayakkara author of the acclaimed novel Priya’s World, (Inanna Publications).

“The HB Creativity Writing Workshops have been instrumental in my becoming a published writer, a dream for as long as I can remember. The guidance and advice given by Paul Butler as well as critique from others in the group mould an idea into a well thought out, well-formed story. I highly recommend these workshops to anyone who wishes to improve their writing skills in a casual, yet professional atmosphere.” Linda Abbott, author of the best-selling novel The Loss of the Marion and the upcoming The Hull Home Fire (Flanker Press).


If you are writing a book, or thinking of writing a book, it’s as well to remember that there are many factors that go into a) the successful completion of the manuscript to the standard that is likely to please you and other readers, and b) the placing of that manuscript with a reputable publisher. A good idea, hard work, and writing ability are important. So is an ability to remain receptive and responsive to feedback and constructive criticism. Writing workshops — either online or live — and the input of qualified editors provide this feedback and constructive criticism. By making sure you take your manuscript through these stages before submitting to a publisher either directly or via an agent, you can increase the chances of successfully placing your book.

Manuscript Evaluation Services

HB Creativity offers professional manuscript evaluations. We work with publishers and individual writers. Our aim is to make our evaluations as comprehensive and precise as possible. When we evaluate novels, for instance, we cover issues of plot structure, character, pacing, theme, prose style and rhythm, fluency, tense, point of view and narrative mode. After clearly establishing the writer`s artistic goals, our aim is to engage meaningfully with issues or problems and to provide insight into useful and practical solutions. Please call or email the contacts above.

Editing Services

HB Creativity provides both substantive and copy editing services to publishers, educational institutions, corporate clients and individual writers. To discuss our editing services or to arrange a quote, please call or email the contacts above.

Workshop Facilitator:

Butler is the author of nine novels, most recently The Widow’s Fire (Inanna 2017) an exploration of the shadow side of Jane Austen’s final novel, Persuasion. Butler’s work has appeared on the judges’ lists of Canada Reads, the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards shortlists, and he was on the Relit Longlist for three consecutive years. Between 2003 and 2008 he won in the annual Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards four times and was subsequently invited to be first literary representative and then chair on the Arts and Letters committee.
Butler has written extensively for Canada’s History over the years, writing a number of features and cover stories. His book reviews frequently appeared in the Globe and Mail. As a writing workshop leader and mentor he has worked through the Division of Lifelong learning at Memorial University (St. John’s), the English Department at Memorial, Community Education (Grenfell Campus), The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (Mentorship Program), and he was invited to present on his 2006 novel NaGeira and run workshops on time-shifts and layered narratives for the Canadian Authors’ Association in Toronto. His roster of clients includes several prize-winning novelists who continue to use his services on a regular basis.


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