Upcoming Events

Hey, everybody! Join us for Word Up’s next event. We’ll be hosting In-Person AND Online due to the  pandemic.

Join us at the Barrie Public Library, 60 Worsley St in Barrie. We’ll continue to start at the usual 7 pm and feature one or two guest authors for panels or readings, followed by the ever-popular and always inspiring Open Mic.


You must Register for Events on the Barrie Library Site in Advance.

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Thursday, December 9th

Short Story Writing Panel

Short story authors join us to tell us to tell us what makes short stories necessary and special and to share their work. Open Mic, as always, so join us to share your work.

Click here to Register to come in-person: http://barrielibrary.libnet.info/event/5743259

Bruce Meyer

Bruce Meyer is author of more than 68 books of poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, and non-fiction. His most recent collections of short stories are Down in the Ground (Guernica Editions, 2020), The Hours: Stories from a Pandemic (Ace of Swords, 2021), and Toast Soldiers, that he will be giving the first reading from) published Crowsnest Books (2021). Toast Soldiers is 250 pages of powerful short stories about characters who find themselves confront moments of challenging discoveries from which they cannot turn away.

Click to learn more about this book and to purchase it.

Bruce Hanson

Bruce Hanson is the award-winning author of a collection of short stories, Tall Pine Tales, a YA mystery novella, Double Cross and a children’s picture book, Elephants in My Stew. His stories have been published in several anthologies.

Bruce has travelled a distance from, beginning his carrier in Electrical Engineering, which included a short stint working on the Space Shuttle’s Canadarm. He has trained with Second City Toronto, appeared on the Cottage Life television show Cottage Cheese, and has worked as an extra for TV and film including Flashpoint, Warehouse 13 and John A.: Birth of a Country.

Lori Twining

Lori Twining writes both fiction and nonfiction, with her stories winning awards in literary competition and appearing in several anthologies and magazines. She’s an active member of many writing groups: International Thriller Writers, Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, Toronto Romance Writers, and Ascribe Writers. She’s a lover of books, sports, and bird watching, and a hater of slithering reptiles and beady-eyed rodents. 


Upcoming Events in Development

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Look for updated info on panelists and featured authors as they are added to future events. So stay tuned!

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