Upcoming Events

Hey, everybody! Join us for Word Up’s next event. We’ll be hosting the next event In-Person at the Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch, and Online as well.


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Barrie Public Library – Downtown Branch | 60 Worsley St, Barrie, ON L4M 1L6
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Thursday, October 13 @ 7 pm EST

Horror and Paranormal Writers Panel

In the spirit of the month, we’re joined by two horror authors, Tony Burgess who’s been described as literary, experimental horror and his films as grindhouse comedy and Sèphera Girón, who writers, teaches and can read your tarot cards. Both have vast experience so come with your questions! As always, we’re looking forward to hearing from you at Open Mic.

Tony Burgess writes fiction, plays and for film. Tony adapted his novel Pontypool Changes Everything into a film directed by Bruce MacDonald for which he received a Genie nomination for best adapted screenplay. His novel Idaho Winter was nominated for a Trillium Award and his short story collections Ravenna Gets and Fiction for Lovers both won Relit awards for best Canadian fiction. Tony has seen 10 of his screenplays produced and released with Global distribution, the latest Cult Hero recently won best Canadian feature at Fantasia Festival in Montreal. His original screenplay Dreamland was recently made into a film by Bruce MacDonald and stars Stephen McHattie, Juliette Lewis and Henry Rollins. This film, shot in Luxembourg was a New York Times Critic’s pick. Tony’s latest short story will appear in the upcoming final issue of Taddle Creek.   

His fiction has been described as literary, experimental horror and his films as grindhouse comedy.

Tony Burges lives in Stayner with his wife, Rachel Jones, and their two kids, Griffin and Camille.

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Sèphera Girón lives in Toronto and teaches Creative Writing classes at George Brown College. She has written over twenty books under various names, mostly in the horror genre. She also has written short stories, TV pilots, feature screenplays, and even a couple of stage plays that were produced. She recently returned from a session at Stowe Story Labs to workshop her horror TV series, The Calling. Sèphera also appeared in Slime City Massacre and Killer Rack. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading or watching something creepy on TV.

You can also find her on Udemy where she teaches “So You Want to Be a Horror Writer?” and “Write a Short Story Using Tarot Cards”.

Currently, Sèphera lives by the lake in Etobicoke. 


Thursday, November 10 @ 7 pm EST

Graphic Novelists on Writing

Join these dynamic graphic novelists as they share with us their process, inspiration and collaborative methods with illustrators.

Neil Gibson

Neil is the founder of TPub Comics and loves working with writers, artists, colourists and letterers. He is very passionate about the comic book medium and believes it is one of the most efficient ways to communicate concepts. If you want to annoy him, just mention how you think comics are just for kids – his reaction is a common source of amusement. 
He gives talks about comics to universities and corporations and how the medium can help in business and studies. Indeed, he won’t stop yammering on about this, but audiences seem to like it. His mission is to get more and more people reading and creating comics. He lives in London with his wife, two children and seemingly endless household visitors.

Neil will be joining us online from Greater London, UK. Join us to ask Neil about his writing process and submissions.

Go grab a free comic and check out his publishing site here.

Jeff Sturge

Jeff Sturge is a screenwriter with a career in television spanning over 12 years. He’s written numerous shows – mostly for history and crime-based series – for broadcasters like National Geographic, Discovery Channel, A&E and History. Jeff is known for Fear Thy Neighbor (2014), Python Hunters (2010) and Last Stop Garage (2017)

The Voyageur has been his passion project since he dreamed it up several years ago and it’s his first foray into the world of graphic fiction. To make his dream of bringing it to life a reality, he’s partnered with friend and colleague Nick Marinkovich.


Upcoming Events in Development

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Look for updated info on readings and panels with featured authors as they are added to future events.

We’re Planning Writers Panels on:

  • Spoken Word Performance  Artists / Slam Poetry
  • Graphic Novel Writers (Nov 10)
  • Science Fiction Writers on Online Brainwashing 

If you’d like to get involved, let us know!

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