Local Author Showcase

We're celebrating local authors! Explore our resources below to check out our collection and discover reading lists featuring local authors, or take part in our author- and writing-themed Programs & Events. We've also compiled Resources for Readers & Writers you can use to improve your writing skills and work on getting published yourself!

Programs & Events

We host writing and local author programs and events throughout the year, including Poetry Month, Novel Writing Month and the Local Author Showcase. Find when these events are happening in the Events Calendar - sort by ‘Event Type’ and narrow your search to ‘Authors’ and ‘Books & Beyond’ using the check boxes.

Poetry Month

We celebrate Poetry Month every April. This celebration was started by the non-profit organization The League of Canadian Poets. They are dedicated to supporting poets, building poetic communities, supporting inclusive free expression, and promoting Canadian poets and Poetry.

Simcoe National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

The Library is the perfect space for authors and aspiring writers writing their National Novel Writing Month novel in November.

Join Simcoe County libraries as they celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and support writers on their journey to write a novel in one month with space to write, access to wifi, computers, resources and virtual socials/write-ins and events. We will announce our 2022 participating Libraries closer to November.

Visit the Simcoe NaNoWriMo webpage for a full schedule of events.

2022 Local Author Book Market

Connect with local authors during our book Expo Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 2:00-4:00pm and buy their latest titles in time for your holiday gift giving and reading. Join us to meet and hear book readings by local authors on our main stage. Get excited by exploring our Local Author Showcase.


Resources for Readers & Writers

Check out the resources below for helpful links to our Program Portal, Digital Library resources that can help boost your skills, reading recommendations, local writing groups, and more.

Meet the Authors

Local Author Showcase: Features local author interviews, and videos on self-publishing.

Local Author Book Chats: Staff and local authors we interview are excited to tell you about their favourite books, authors and resources.

Coffee Chats: BPL staff have casual conversations about important issues with special guests.

BPL Comic Con: Our annual event in September showcases local comic and graphic novelists and artists - watch interviews with them from previous years.

Storytimes – discover a local picture book author to read with your family.

Discover & Borrow

myBPL Searches

Search for titles by local authors using the subject ‘Local Author’ in myBPL, or check out our staff-curated list of books by local authors

Need help? Learn how to do basic searching in our Digital Library Academy tutorial.

Next 5

Not sure what to read next? Let us help you find new local authors to read! 

Complete our Next5 form and we will gather 5 personalized suggestions for you. We can either send you a list of titles by email OR put aside recommendations for you to pick up in person.

Digital Library Resources

Take your writing to the next level with free online classes:

Universal class has a lot of writing courses.... 55 of them, including mystery, poetry, short story and novel writing!

Creativebug offers award-winning art video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists that can help you with:

  • developing your creative thinking and writing
  • creative journaling
  • creating a journal for your writing
  • beginning calligraphy
  • brush lettering
  • creative lettering, and more!

LinkedIn Learning enables you to develop your writing skills online, on your time. Courses are taught by industry experts on editing and proofreading, writing a bestselling novel, the craft of story, foundations of fiction and more.

Brainfuse HelpNow is the place to get live online study help from a professional tutor (disponible en français). Receive live help with English and French language learning, as well as advice and suggestions on writing style to improve your creative writing, fiction, poetry, assignments, or papers. Make use of the comments section when submitting your writing! This service helps you improve through learning and does not include direct edits or revisions.

Rave Reviews

Writers in our Community

Discover a local literary journal to read or publish in, and find writing support groups in your area to gain support, resources, professional development, and networking opportunities.

Search for local Barrie and area community groups using the keyword ‘writing instruction’ in the Community Information Directory.