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) at the Printers Room, cnr of Mair and Lydiard Sts, Ballarat. Enter through the beer garden off Mair. The bar is open all night, and meals are available, including a $20 two-course dinner special.

The event offers five-minute open-mic spots on the night. Each month has a theme as a writing prompt, but it is not compulsory.

Free, but gold coin donation is appreciated to help cover costs.

Words Out Loud has been running since January 2016, for the first two years at the wonderful but sadly departed Babushka bar, and since at the Printers Room.