Founded and convened by Ballarat-based writers Kirstyn McDermott and Jason Nahrung, Words Out Loud invites poets, writers and spoken-word performers to share their love of words out loud! The event is held on the third Thursday of each month (except December), and offers five-minute open-mic spots on the night. Free, but gold coin donation is appreciated to help cover costs, including the occasional guest artist to help us lift the bar. Words Out Loud has been running since January 2016.