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Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival Seeking Poets

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This year’s Barrie Jazz and Blues festival, which takes place from June 11 – 22, will feature poetry and spoken word readings. According to organizer Samantha Holland:

We are looking for volunteers to perform their poetry. The event is going to combine poetry / spoken word with Jazz accompaniment, but beyond that, we are open to what our artists bring to it and tailoring it from there. Mostly, we are using this event to showcase up-and-coming poets and spoken-word artists and let them explore their work in a new, exciting way while also serving as an outreach event for TBTB.
Any one interested is free to contact me at samyholland@live.com
Check out the festival webpage or contact Samantha Holland for more info.


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Word UP – Thursday April 9, 2015

Word UP

Word Up takes place Thursday April 9, 2015 from 7 pm at Unity Market Cafe & Studios. The readers are the award-winning poet and short story writer, Dr. Shane Neilson, and local writer Mark Jacquemain.

MJ, aka Mark Jacquemain, is a graduate of the Creative Writing Master’s program at the University of New Brunswick. His short fiction has been published in QWERTY and Prism International and this year will appear in The Fiddlehead Summer Fiction issue and Oberon’s Coming Attractions, an anthology of top young writers.

More info to follow!
Don’t forget to bring your own work to share.
We’d love to see a few of you bring your music instruments and show us what you’ve got.


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Writers’ Community of Simcoe County March Meeting

Usher in Spring with Wayson Choy

Wayson Choy

Wayson Choy

Wayson Choy speaks to the WCSC on his process and his life in a compelling and candid talk on Sunday, March 22. Following his talk, Wayson will lead a one-hour workshop. This event takes place from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. at Down by the Bay, 121 Mississaga St. E., Orillia.


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Writing Interactive Stories

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Interested in writing and creating interactive fiction games? Local start-up One More Story Games allows writers to do just that. You can take part in a webinar to learn more. Here’s some info:

Hi all – Are you a writer, screenwriter or game designer? Check out One More Story Games – we’ve developed a platform for you to create or convert your stories into playable story games, like a book/video game hybrid. Published authors receive royalties on their work. We’ve got an upcoming webinar on Sunday – check it out! Better yet, share this with your wordy friends! Thanks! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1572017149704983/

Here’s their website: http://www.onemorestorygames.com/

Here’s the link to the webinar: OMSG Webinar on Google Plus


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Toronto International Book Fair Nov. 13 – 16, 2014

From the Prez:

Dear BWC:
The Toronto International Book Fair is running Thursday November 13 To Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Cost is incredibly reasonable at $15 for all 3 days with an amazing lineup of authors. Workshops run around $45.
Too many authors to list but they include: Kelly Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpey Kid),  Dave Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Andrew Pyper, Anne Rice and Peter Robinson.
You can order tickets on line.
I will bring the 4 page program with me tonight but check out the excellent website http://www.torontobookfair.ca.
Evie
Visit the Book Fair website for more info and view the attached schedule below to see the events.


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Dead Poets Night – Oct. 9, 2014

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Unity Market Cafe & Studios plays host to a Dead Poets evening on Oct. 9, 2014 from 7 – 9 pm. Organized by Word UP, this free event offers anyone the chance to read the work of their favourite departed poets. Celebrate the Halloween season by sharing the words of the dead.

Unity Market Cafe & Studios is located at 25 Toronto Street, Barrie, Ontario L4N 1T8. Food and beverages are available for purchase.