WORD OUT 2014 is coming... get ready for it!!

April 2, 2014 | Ken Sparling | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Of course it's coming... it comes every summer... unless summer doesn't come this year... OMG... let's just not go there... let's just assume that summer is coming and so WORD OUT is coming, and it's coming a bit earlier this year... so where can you find WORD OUT... besides here, I mean... I mean here is the main place you will find WORD OUT... but there are other places you can find it... and if you want to find it early (and who wouldn't?) you can find it at...drumroll please...



Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)


May 10 & 11 

  Toronto Reference Library

There's going to be a contest

You can win a signed book

Not just one of you, a bunch of you can win a signed book

The contest involves an awesome scavenger hunt

The scavenger hunt involves running around the reference library (hee hee)




 Visit the Toronto Public Library table at TCAF to find out how to play!

Eyebomb Photo Winner

September 9, 2013 | Ray | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Congrats to Tina as the winner of the eyebomb photo contest!  

She'll receive the last iPad mini of Word Out 2013.  Huge thanks to all the original eyebombing photos that were submitted.  There are so many funny ones!  The special touch of the details of these googly-eyes are a real stand-out.


Raptor's Jersey Winner

September 9, 2013 | Ray | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Congratulations to Khadija, the random winner of the signed Raptor's Jersey.     1297289890046_ORIGINAL


Goodbye until 2014!

September 3, 2013 | Thomas | Comments (10) Facebook Twitter More...

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It's been a great summer, but everything's got to end - including this year's Word Out program.

Thanks to all the readers, writers, music nerds, jocks, knitters, wiseguys and other assorted awesome participants in Word Out 2013. We couldn't have done it without you. Really!

We hope that you'll have an awesome year, and that you stop by your local library from time to time to say hello to the fine folks behind the desk.

So ciao for now, and see you again in 2014!


Contest update from Ray:

Huge amazing thank you to all Word Out participants.  You guys seriously rock. This year's Word Out was the best ever!  All that awesomeness is thanks to you. 

Just FYI, the chance to enter to win the Raptors Jersey (or just take the survey for fun) ends Tues. Sept. 3rd at 11:59 pm. Click on "Tell Us!" cloud to access it.

The winner of the eyebomb photo contest will be announced by the end of the week.  All submitted entries will be posted by the end of the day, today. Thanks for the enthusiasm - many of you send in great photos!

Of course, if you happen to be the winner of either contest, we'll contact you via email.



A fantasy that ties in with the real world

August 31, 2013 | Toronto Teens | Comments (3) Facebook Twitter More...

Guest review by William


Barnes_&_Noble.com_-_Image_Viewer_Animal_Farm,_by_George_Orwell,_Mass_Market_Paperback,_50th_Anniversary_Edition[1]Manor Farm is at war. After ousting the tyrannous farmer, Mr. Jones, animals of the farm rejoice and proudly rename their farm “Animal Farm”. Two pigs—Snowball and Napoleon—and the rest of the animals establish a basic set of commandments on how they should live, leaving the farm at peace. But when Napoleon sways a select group of animal into his ride for power and humanistic lifestyle, order at Animal Farm is threatened. As Snowball and his friends struggle to control the farm, Napoleon draws more and more animal followers into his circle.

George Orwell is most notably famous for his novel 1984. His other famous story, Animal Farm, is a tale of freedom and strife; a fantasy that ties in with the real world. The novel connects to some of our world’s political problems, past and the present (for example, the situation in Egypt or Syria). Animal Farm is short and to the point. The author discusses themes such as war, democracy, and freedom of speech. The novel reads like a fairy tale, yet when I think about the characters carefully, they all had unique human qualities, which makes it very relatable. Orwell does an excellent job at making politics a little less boring, as well as keeping the plot moving. If you need something short on your reading list (95 pages approximately) then this is your book. It teaches you that power can’t be handled that easily.


Register for Young Voices 2013 Conference!

August 31, 2013 | Cameron | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Registration for 2013 is now open!  Register Now

*Register before October 11 for a chance to win a Kobo e-reader on the day of the conference!

This year's all-day writing extravaganza will be:

Saturday, October 26th, 10 am—4 pm

NEW LOCATION: Toronto Reference Library: 789 Yonge Street (just north of Bloor)

What is it?

  • Meet awesome published writers (including comic & graphic novel authors) and artists
  • Work with them in workshops to improve your craft
  • Get your work published in the Instant Anthology blog and magazine
  • Meet teen writers from across the city
  • Chow down on snacks!
  • Win prizes.

What else? Very important:

****Bring a piece of your original art or original comic (no bigger than 11x17 piece of paper) or an original poem or very short story. These will be included in the Instant Anthology that you receive at the end of the workshop.****  Your piece of art could be the cover!

Register Now!  It's totally free. For teens 13-19.

More information on workshop guests to be posted soon!


Tell us! and enter to win signed Raptors jersey

August 30, 2013 | Ray | Comments (16) Facebook Twitter More...

Raptors-logo-claw2We're always trying to make Word Out better. Part of that is knowing a little bit about who participates. Complete the short survey and if you include your email, you'll be entered for a random prize draw for a Raptors jersey signed by Kyle Lowry.  

Chance to enter ends Tuesday, Sept. 3rd at 11:59 pm. Winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

The contest has closed. The winner will be contacted and posted soon. But, please let us know what you think about Word Out - we're all ears.  

We are constantly looking to make Word Out better. Your feedback will be heard!

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Best Found Poetry Winner!

August 30, 2013 | Thomas | Comments (7) Facebook Twitter More...

After careful deliberation, we're pleased to announce that the winner of our Found Poetry contest is SUAD!

Suad's excellent poem We're All Brave included excerpts from

Suicide Notes The Outsiders Divergent Looking for Alaska Rilla of Ingleside







Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford
The Outsiders by S.E Hinton
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Rilla of Ingleside by L.M Montgomery

You can read Suad's poem below, or visit the contest page to check out all of the other excellent entries. Thanks to everyone who submitted a Found Poem!

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Food Our Favorite Characters Eat

August 29, 2013 | Cathy | Comments (10) Facebook Twitter More...

Have you ever look at food references in a particular book? I like it when authors use food in their stories. It is fun to re-read food scenes and see what characters are eating. Sometimes the protagonist is portrayed to eat a lot, other times they go without food.

Famous cartoon characters with dangerous food addicitons that come to mind are Cookie Monster, Winnie the Pooh and Homer Simpsons. These compulsive sweet eaters are most likely to be diabetic. Teenage Ninja Turtles are pizza-obsessed superheroes while Samwell Tarly from Game of Thrones simply enjoys good food.

But leaving television characters aside. Let's take a look at some characters in fictional works.

1. Poor Oliver Twist is so hungry, he begs for more.

2. Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory loves Willy Wonka's chocolate.

3. Jane Eyre had burnt porridge at school.

4. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout had to dressed up as a giant ham in a Halloween pageant.

5. Tony Chu, a detective from Chew gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. Now that's a culinary talent.

6. Rose Edelstein from The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake  can taste the emotions of humans who prepared her food.

7. Heather Wells in a mystery series by Meg Cabot is a size 12 character who wishes to be smaller. However, she likes food too much to give it up.

8. Hunger Games Trilology mentions Katniss and her favorite lamb stew.

9. Harry Potter tried pumpkin pastries for the first time when he met Cho Chang.

10. From the Twilight series, we know vampires do not eat anything but werewolves have a big appetite.

What is your most vivid food image or scenes in novels? What does your favorite character eat? Tell us if your favorite character have any issues with food.

An absorbing literary experience - if you dare to enter!

August 29, 2013 | Toronto Teens | Comments (10) Facebook Twitter More...

Guest review by Affaan

AgameofthronesnewhcGame of Thrones, the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, is a wonderfully dark novel set in a twisted world inhabited by eerily cruel characters. The previous must be believed in its maximum  capacity as Game of Thrones is an incredibly dark, twisted, and often times uncomfortable novel, with an incredibly sadistic narrative structure. The book is set in the fictional kingdom of Westeros, in a world where the seasons of winter and summer consume entire years, with winter being incredibly destructive and feared. Exploring several of the cities in Westeros, as well as the ruling families and their relationships with one another, the book is very much a political drama rather than a fantasy novel, though it does employ the use of some fantastical creatures. The book also provides social commentary and critique, but not very explicitly, unfortunately. The book contains very unlikable characters, and the characters that are likable, few as they are, will be swiftly killed off; suffice to say this is not for the faint of heart. The characters commit enormous atrocities such as murder, betrayal, and a fair few that should be barred from mention, so if you strongly dislike what has been mentioned, beware. Contrary to how it may seem, the book does not glorify evil, but instead showcases its consequences and dangers in an incredibly vile world, where evil is in ever-increasing abundance.

Some readers may have trouble keeping track of events and remembering names of characters and places; this may be detrimental for some as the lore and the mythos of the world are its most vital components.

The book is bound to be divisive if anything, and some may find the barrier to entry too steep, but those that do get past it will find an absorbing and gripping literary experience.