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At the Downtown Library tonight – Monday Oct. 6, 2014


From the Prez:

Dear BWC Members,
We do have the Angus Ross Room booked for Monday, October 6, for our usual first Monday of the month. We are also booked for November 3 and December 1, 2014.
I have a short hand-out on editing requirements from a publisher to start our meeting.

Hope to see you.


The meeting will run from 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm. New members always welcome.

Sara’s Writing Prompts

S Writing Prompt Graphic - Adobe01Hello!  So have you been busy writing this past week or have you been too busy getting the kids ready for the first day back to school?  Do you need some inspiration or a prompt to get  your creativity flowing?  Yes?  Good!  I have a whole list of writing prompts just for you.  Take a few minutes, consider where these prompts will lead you then write on!



Week of August 26th to September 1st, 2013.

  1. Little did John know the panther was just yards away, watching his every move.
  2. A straight line and a curved line argue which one is more useful.
  3. An unknown person from Egypt sends you a box containing a rock etched with hieroglyphics.
  4. One day, your dog starts talking to you.
  5. Right before she dies, your mother tells you you’re adopted.
  6. He raised his goblet: “Cheers! Here’s to Love!” Then she quipped back, “Define Love.”
  7. Write about the smallest insect you’ve ever seen.
  8. A frozen pond in the middle of the desert catches the attention of scientists from around the world.
  9. You’re in a log cabin deep in the woods. No utilities. Lake plentiful with fish and a prehistoric animal…
  10. You just discovered the reason your adopted son is so disruptive of every aspect of family life: Attachment Disorder. What now?
  11. “Your name will be in lights, kiddo!” said D. W. Griffith to Mary Pickford.
  12. A day after you submit your thesis, you get a call from the Director of the CIA or CSIS/CSEC.
  13. Write about the life of a box of Lime Jello.
  14. Now you know the reason your neighbor has been sitting in his yard, looking at his shed and brooding.
  15. If you could get a job in any occupation, what would you do for a living?
  16. Add a dab of this, a dribble of that and stir. Within seconds, you’ll have…
  17. The commercials said the shampoo would make my hair grow strong. I didn’t expect…
  18. I don’t usually read the end of a book first, but this time I just had to know!
  19. A for-hire corporate spy has stolen a flash-drive with sensitive information on it. He must transfer it to his employer within the next week because…
  20. A ring is found with an intriguing inscription inside.
  21. Pick a marketing slogan and use it in a poem or short-story.
  22. You are being driven around by the worst driver ever.
  23. The calendar says March 10th, but the last day you remember is March 1st.
  24. A stop at the pub on the way home changed his destiny.
  25. A circle, a square and a triangle…
  26. When her cell phone rings, they think nothing of it. But when his rings too…
  27. “Couldn’t you hear me knocking?” she asked. “Uh, no… I was… “
  28. The cup tipped over, spilling its contents onto her mobile phone, which was the only remaining connection to the outside world.
  29. If life is a TV channel, I’m currently on…

Prompts gathered from

Author Reading: Terry Fallis

terry fallis

From the Prez:

Terry Fallis, the author of Up and Down and the hilarious Best Laid Plans (winner of 2008 Steven Leacock Medal for Humour and CBC Canada Reads in 2011) will be reading at the Barrie Public Library’s Painswick Branch on Saturday, June 1 from 2-3:30 pm.

Marina Endicott, the author of Little Shadows and Good to a Fault (finalist for the Giller Prize in 2008 and one of the featured books on CBC Canada Reads 2010), will also be reading from her book that afternoon.
I highly recommend Terry’s books–my favourite reads this year!
The event is free. It was advertised in The Barrie Examiner Local Briefs Thurs May 16.
For more information contact Alison Brumwell at 705 728 1010 ext 7084 or at
The readings willl take place in the Massie Family Program Room. Painswick Branch is in the south east end near Yonge and Big Bay Point at 48 Dean Avenue.
Hope you can come.

Monday May 6, 2013 @ the Barrie Public Library


From the Prez:

Monday, May 6, we will meet at the Downtown Library at 6:30 in the Angus Ross Room (60 Worsley Street, Barrie).
As we had Noelle Bickle do a short session on editing last Monday we will be doing readings and critiques.
Please bring pieces you are considering for the anthology–poetry in 24 or 50 lines; short stories up to 3,000 words (much shorter is good too). We welcome first or other chapters from works in progress.
The rest of the month we meet at Grace United Church, 350 Grove Street East, Barrie.
See you!

National Poetry Month Celebration

Poetry at the Library

April is National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate it than to listen to some poetry from well-established poets. The Downtown branch of the Barrie Public Library is hosting the event on Thursday April 18, 2013 from 7 – 8 pm in the Angus Ross Room. There is no charge for admission.

The featured poets for the event are James Deahl and Norma West Linder. Both authors have numerous publications to their name and are currently on tour across Ontario reading their work.