Now until December 24
Paisley Christmas Market

266 Church Street [across from the arena/community centre]
A spacious place to shop for treats,  decorative items, gifts for
family or pets, goodies for festive eating,  wearables, books, and
more! All created locally. Open Mon-Wed 10 – 4,  Thurs, Fridays 10 –
6,   Sat. 10-4, Sunday 12-4

Weekends and Thursday evenings until December 24
Ripley Christmas Store

75 Huron Street, downtown Ripley
Open Thurs & Fri 6 – 8, Sat 10-6, Sun 12-4
Find a large variety of handcrafted items, baking and preserves,  and
– yes- books in this seasonal marketplace in the hub of Huron-Kinloss.
Something for everyone on your gift list, with a friendly atmosphere.

Tues Dec 1, 2020 at 7 pm  and every second Tuesday
Online Zoom Poetry Workshop

Bring work-in-progress to the participating poets, read and ask for
critique. Other eyes and ears can detect small details that can be
improved.  Contact Daniel Kolos for link:

Thursday, December 3
7:00 p.m.
Writers Virtual Open Mic Night

Hosted by Duffering County Poet Laureate Harry Posner. Read your work
or watch other local writers share their talent. Pre-registration
required to receive the event link and to book a spot as a speaker.
Register at

 Southampton Arts
The Gallery and shop are open
for December: Wed-Sun 11-5, also Dec.
21-23 11-5, Dec 24 11-4. After-Christmas hours Dec. 28 – Jan 3
Enter from High Street [elevator available] just east of the traffic
lights to find an enticing array of artworks, including paint,
photography, pottery, glass, metalwork, jewellery, and books  from
area creators.

Friday Dec. 4 to Sunday Dec. 6
Celebration of Artists at Paisley Christmas Market

266 Church Street [across from the Community Centre]
As part of SHOP LOCAL WEEKEND Open until 6:30 on Thursday and Friday
Door opens at 7:00 for a multi-media experience [repeat performance at
7:30 if needed]
Text 519-379-7284 to reserve a seat if you wish (please donate upfront
for this) Donations will be accepted after the show.

Until December 20
St. Marys Poet Circle asks: Can you tell your life story in six words?

Have a look at
Then have some fun with your own six-word poetic memoir. Send your
contribution to Alizon will share one a day
over the 12 or so days of Christmas...what a gift!

Thursdays, December 10 and 17
Electronic Round Table for all interested writers

Skyping from 2 – 4 p.m., this event allows sending works-in-progress
to participants ahead of time, then reading aloud and receiving
feedback [always positive and encouraging]. For full details or to
sign up, contact Lee Johnston

Tuesday, December 29
Writers' BLOC
virtual gathering 7 – 9 p.m. using e-mail

Contact Anne at by Sunday, December 27 to share
up to 1,000 words in any genre. Other participants will send you
comments. This month's challenge: a work inspired by a photograph of
outdoor activity. Suggested resource: which includes
stunning shots of Canadian wilderness and other places for the

Owen Sound Poet Laureate Richard-Yves Sitoski's legacy project
No Sleep Til Eden is now available. This link gives more information and

Deadline  January 31, 2021
22nd Acrostic Story Contest      Because I can...

Because everything is different now, we are moving to a different
stage in the Acrostic format...starting with the second letter and
ending at the first of the alphabet!

Craft your  entry beginning with the phrase above, work your way
through to Z, then end with A. Do pay close attention to including all
26 letters as sentence openers. Either too few or too many sentences
will disqualify your story. For your narrative, avoid racist, sexist,
or ageist themes or obscene language. Guided by the rules, the judge
picks three winners and up to three honourable mentions, all of whose
authors receive a year's subscription to The Leaf. Half the entry fees
are divided among the three winners, and all stories recognized are
published in the spring issue.

Full rules and an entry form are at the contest link within

IMPORTANT  Entries are accepted by Canada Post only, and must ARRIVE
on or before January 31, 2021.