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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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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Word Up, Online & In Person, Oct 2021

October Horror Writers Panel

There is no better time than to be told scary stories, with Halloween just around the corner! Our two horror authors were joined by a live audience at the Barrie Public Library, and on Zoom. Two audience members walked away with books from David Demchuk after winning the draw. Visit…

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Word Up Online, November 2020

authors reading online

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.

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