Due to health and safety concerns around COVID-19, Word Up is hosting events online until further notice. Please enjoy these previous Zoom events. Check our Upcoming Events page for live, online readings and Open Mics and sign up for our newsletter to receive official event invites.
Ready to give 2020 a hard kick? Start the New Year off with a solid plan to write that book or develop your writing skills. Word Up is changing things up this year. Join us on Zoom for a Panel with three skilled writing instructors and mentors who offer methods to stay motivated and techniques for better writing.
Enjoy the work of writer and publisher MichaelMirolla and poet Cornelia Hoogland as they share their work.
Cornelia Hoogland is the award winning poet of Trailer Park Elegy and Woods Wolf Girl. Cosmic Bowling is a collaborative work of Ted Goodden’s ceramic sculptures and Cornelia Hoogland’s poems.
Mirolla is a multi award winning author and serves as editor-in-chief of Guernica Editions. His latest novella, The Last News Vendor, claimed first place in the Readers View Awards.
Join us as we enjoy the writng of Candas Jane Dorsey and Ursula Pflug.
Candas Jane Dorsey is the internationally-known and multi-award-winning author of novels Black Wine and Paradigm of Earth; upcoming mystery series The Adventures of Isabel.
Ursula Pflug is author or editor of ten novels, novellas, edited anthologies and story collections. Her fiction has appeared in Canada, the US and the UK, in award winning genre and literary publications including Lightspeed, Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Postscripts, Leviathan, and Bamboo Ridge.
Enjoy thriller authors Amy Stuart and Sam Bailey as they share their work and writing advice. Amy Stuart is the #1 bestselling author of three novels, Still Mine, Still 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, 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.
Authors Rosanna Battogelli and Ray Robertson join us to read their original work. Rosanna’s novel La Brigantessa (Inanna Publications, 2018) won Gold for Historical Fiction in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards while Robertson’s poetry has been translated to several languages.
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.
In June, our featured authors are poet Robert Colman and science fiction writer Claudiu Murgan. Listen to them read their work and take part part in Q&As. Robert Colman is a Newmarket writer and author of three full-length collections of poetry: Democratically Applied Machine (Palimpsest Press 2020), Little Empires (Quattro…
Word Up Barrie’s month of May, 2020 Zoom reading series with featured authors Elana Wolff and Kate Marshall Flaherty. Elana Wolff is an award winning author of six solo collections of poetry and a collection of essays on poems, and has taught English for Academic Purposes at York University.Author Kate…