Word Up – Online AND In-Person, Sept 2021

Writers Panel

This was our first In-person event since the pandemic and at our new location: the Barrie Public Library! Masks were required. We hosted a reading by our authors, with a general writers panel. The audience on Zoom and in person came with questions and a few generously shared their work at the Open Mic.

Our Featured Authors…

Canadian author Colleen Winter

Colleen Winter

Our own Colleen Winter, the award-winning author of the Gatherer series joins us a a panelist. She was short-listed for the 2020 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in Speculative Fiction, has received two Writer’s Reserve grants from the Ontario Arts Council, won first prize in the CAA Leacock/Simcoe Erotic prose contest, received a SLS Fellowship from the Unified Literary Contest, and is an alumni of the Humber School of Writers. She is the past-President of the Writer’s Community of Simcoe County and is a current organizer of Word Up Barrie. When she’s not putting pen to paper, she spends her time exploring the world through hiking, climbing, and cross-country skiing.

You can find her on her website colleenwinter.ca

Check out her new book here.

JL Witterick

JL Witterick is an international bestselling author. Her books are enjoyed in 10 languages around the world. She loves to tell stories that are inspirational and moving. My Mother’s Secret, her first novel, has been selected to teach courage and compassion in many schools.

The ideas for her stories can come from anywhere. Her latest creation, It Was Always Her, was the result of a dream that was so astonishing that she felt compelled to write it down. Time travel and the question of what we would do with a second chance have always fascinated her and she wove these concepts into this novel.

Writing is a joy for her and she hopes that readers will enjoy her books as much as she enjoyed writing them. She cherishes her family, her friends, her dog, her cats…and her stories.

Look for her books here:

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