Word Up November 2022

Graphic novelists and collaboration writers panel

Humankind has long told stories using visuals, beginning with cave paintings. Graphic novels gained traction in literary circles in the late twentieth century, and continue to flourish. Today, there are graphic novels without superheros, grounded in the realities of the real world, with personal narratives, ranging from focused memoirs to autobiographies. We talked about this, and various styles and aesthetics of comic culture as well as non-fiction graphic works.

Our two dynamic graphic novelists, Neil Gibson and Jeff Sturge shared their process, inspiration and collaborative methods with illustrators.

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Word Up October

horror and paranormal writers panel

In the spirit of the month, we were joined by two horror authors, Tony Burgess who’s been described as literary, experimental horror and his films as grind house comedy and Sèphera Girón, who has written over twenty books, short stories, TV pilots, feature screenplays, and stage plays. Both have vast experience so come with your questions!

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Word Up online April 2022

Word up reading series writers panel with Christian Bok Tanis MacDonaldBarrie, Ontario

Poetry Month Panel National Poetry Month takes place each April, which was introduced in 1996, allows us to change our perspectives and look upon poetry as a rhythmic art of expressing one’s love and thoughts. We’ve invited three poets to talk about why, how and why they write poetry.

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Word Up – online, March 2022

Word up reading series writers panel Barrie, Ontario

Writers and Research Panel Whether writing a historical fiction or no-fiction, a writer has to research. Do the same rules apply to non-fiction as to novelists or short story writers? Does the process differ if you’re writing a play? We’ll talk to experienced authors to learn how the organize their…

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Word Up, Online, Jan 2022

panel to help writers find writing groups and supportive creative environments

Kickstart Your Writing with Writers Groups ~ January 13th Writing is typically a solo endeavour, but finding a community of writers that support one another can be a great source of inspiration, encouragement and can propel your skills. No matter what your experience, a writing group can offer a supportive…

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Wordup, Online and In-Person, Nov, 2021

remembrance day writers panel on historical playwriting

Two panellists shared their work, Trudee Romanek, Bright Daybreak, and Danielle Kostrich, We Must Have More Men. Both have written well researched, insightful plays based on world wars. You’ll not only learn about some of the people Barrie’s streets are named for, but gain a deeper insight into the hearts and minds of the soldiers who fought for our freedom.

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