Upcoming Events

Hey, everybody! Join us for Word Up’s next event. We’ll be hosting online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ll continue to start at the usual 7 pm and feature one or two guest authors, followed by the ever-popular and always inspiring open mic.

July 9, 2020


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Canadian thriller writer Barbara Kyle, writing instructor, techer

Barbara Kyle

Barbara Kyle is the author of the acclaimed Thornleigh Saga, a seven-book series of historical novels set in 16th-century England (“Riveting Tudor drama” – USA Today) and of contemporary thrillers including Beyond Recall, which was a Literary Guild Selection. Her latest novel is The Man from Spirit Creek (“A stunning thriller” – Goodreads). Over half a million copies of her books have been sold in seven countries.

Barbara has taught writers at the University of Toronto and is a popular guest presenter at international writers’ conferences. Her book Page-Turner has inspired writers around the world. Her video course “Your Path to Writing a Page-Turner” is a Udemy Bestseller.

Through her master classes and mentoring Barbara has helped launch many writers to published success, including bestselling mystery author Robert Rotenberg, award-winning historical novelists Cryssa Bazos and Bruce Gardner, debut novelist Christine Higdon, sci-fi author Colleen Winter, and Steven T. Wax for his award-winning memoir.

Before becoming an author, Barbara enjoyed a 20-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S.

Click here to visit her website

August 2020

No event this month. Enjoy the summer while it lasts. Please, remember to practice physical distancing and wear a mask when appropriate.

September 10, 2020

October 8, 2020

Samantha M. Bailey is the #1 bestselling author of Woman on the Edge. A Toronto-based novelist, journalist and freelance editor, her work has appeared in Now Magazine, The Village Post, and Oxford University Press, among other publications. She was a writer-in-residence for Kobo Writing Life at Book Expo America 2013. She is the co-founder of “BookBuzz,” a promotional and interactive author-reader event held in New York City and Toronto. Her debut psychological thriller, WOMAN ON THE EDGE, became a #1 Toronto Star and Globe and Mail bestseller. It was the December Fiction Book of the Month at Indigo Books and the Shopper’s Drug Mart January Book Lover’s Pick. Connect with her on Twitter @sbaileybooks

Woman on the Edge cover

Amy Stuart is the #1 bestselling author of three novels, Still MineStill Water, and Still Here. Shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award and winner of the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Competition, Amy’s writing has previously appeared in newspapers and magazines across Canada. In 2012, Amy completed her MFA in Creative Writing through the University of British Columbia. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons. Connect with her on her website AmyStuart.ca and on twitter @AmyFStuart.

Still Here book cover

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