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8 week podcast-taught writing course

48 lessons over an 8-week period will give you the tools to write the novel you’ve dreamed of.

From the website:

Would you like to write a novel? Do you have ideas for stories but low motivation or self-confidence? Have you been writing for years but lately you’ve been feeling burnt out, and the fun has gone? Would you like to write more but you can’t find the time or energy?

The Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp is a free writing podcast that delivers a complete 8 week fiction writing course over 48 episodes. All it asks of you is 10 minutes writing a day. Each episode teaches you new writing skills through a 10 minute exercise – it even times you while you do the exercise, so once the podcast finishes, you’re done for the day. No homework!

Author Meet & Greet at BPL


From organizer Katrin Szymanski:

Celebrate Canadian Library Month and the Ontario Public Library Week with a local author at your library! Listen to author readings and meet our great authors: Anita Arvast, Barrie Doyle, Bianca Lakoseljac, Brian Horeck, Bruce Meyer, Damian Lopes, Joan Giannone, Kelly Baker, Linda Laforge, Tracy Ward, Trudee Romanek, Annette Zoheret, Joie Red, JL Benson, Rick Charlebois, and Bekah Ferguson. October is Canadian Library Month! During this month, libraries and library partners across Canada raise awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. In Ontario, we celebrate our public libraries during Ontario Public Library Week, on October 15 to 21, 2017.

This event takes place Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10 – 4 pm at the downtown branch of the Barrie Public Library. See the brochure linked below for more info.

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No meetings for 2 weeks

From the Prez:

Dear BWC,
As usual for holidays, we will not be meeting Labour Day Monday, Sept 4, 2017.
We also will not be meeting this Monday, August 28, 2017 as many will be away on vacation.
Enjoy your summer days and get inspired.
Looking forward to seeing you on Monday, September 11, 2017.
Thanks 🙂

Word Up December 8,2016


Hey, everybody! Join us for Word Up’s next event @ Unity Market Cafe & Studios. We’ll start at the usual 7 pm and feature one or two guest authors, followed by the ever-popular and always inspiring open mic. Guest readers for this month are Tracy L. Ward & Barrie Doyle.

barriedoyleBarrie Doyle – Born in Wales, Barrie is a former journalist, public relations consultant, college professor, broadcaster and freelance writer. He served with major publications in Canada and the United States before sharing his media expertise as a consultant, training corporate executives and Christian ministry leaders. Barrie trained many budding public relations professionals as a professor at one of Canada’s most prestigious media studies programmes in Toronto. He has lived in Virginia, California and Pennsylvania as well as Great Britain and Canada where he now lives on the beautiful blue water shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario.

He is an enthusiastic traveller, constantly thinking how to bring his latest travel discovery to life as a location in his next story. From Venice to Istanbul and many parts of Western Europe, he has also explored most corners of the United States. Many of these places will become prominent in the three books of the Oak Grove Conspiracies. Apart from travel his eclectic range of interests varies from history and politics to theology and bagpipes and transportation to hockey.

tracylwardTracy L. Ward is the Amazon best-selling author behind the Marshall House mysteries, a morgue mystery series set in Victorian London where surgeon Dr. Peter Ainsley solves crimes using early forensic science. The fifth instalment in the series, Prayers for the Dying, was released May 2016 and debuted at #11 for historical-mysteries on Kindle. Tracy lives in Midhurst with her husband, two teenagers and an intellectually challenged cocker-spaniel named Watson.

“Show Don’t Tell” Workshop – November 27, 2016

Inkslingers is hosting a workshop this Sunday on Show vs. Tell at the Barrie Ontario Travel Information Centre in the Meeting Room. Cost is from $75-95 + tax depending on other memberships and you’ll need to register. According to the post:

The day will cover “showing” rather than “telling” in several different forms:

  • dialogue
  • description
  • plotting
  • subtext

as well as identifying those opportunities in your writing when telling is actually more appropriate than showing.

Click here for more info and to register: