Be heard at Word Up!

Every month Word Up hosts readings by writers, poets, and spoken word artists. Hear the work of pros and amateurs and take the mic and read your own stuff. Check out the Upcoming Events Page for more info.

Great guest readers!

Word Up attracts talented and award-winning guest readers. Our series has welcomed winners of everything, including the Governor General's Award. Our guest readers have been published by major publishers and top literary publications. Hear them read from their work, purchase copies for yourself, and even have them sign your copy.

Open Mic!

Grab the mic and read your stuff. Poets, authors, and spoken word artists are welcome to take advantage of the open mic. Barrie has some terrific local talent that never fails to impress.

Welcome to Word Up Barrie

Word Up Barrie is a volunteer run group for writers and authors of all genres. If you write, that means you! We've welcomed writers of poetry, fiction and science fiction, music lyrics, spoken word, hip hop and more.


Come out to see us the second Thursday of every month at Unity Market and Cafe in Barrie to share your work and meet other writers.


To see who our headlining authors will be, visit our Upcoming Events page.

If you are a writer and you'd like to show us your stuff, please contact us!


If you're not a writer, worry not. Come and enjoy the incredible talent from our featured authors and local writers, who share with us their precious gems.