Saturday, February 3
Saturday, March 3 and Sunday March 4
University of Guelph Writers Workshop

More than 20 sessions with professional writers in all genres.
Pre-registration was recommended in our February calendar, so check with the organizers before driving down to Guelph Brochure and full details here.

Wednesday, March 7
Spain by Luxury Train
10-11 am
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, Victoria Street, Southampton

Need an escape? Take in the second of the Adventure Talks series, with Dr. Towler sharing a travel topic. Series tickets or single to purchase in advance at 519-797-2080 or

Thursdays, March 8 and 15
Writers' Round Table
2-4 p.m.
Back Eddie's Coffee House, Queen Street South, Paisley

Informal and informative gathering of writers sharing works in many genres: fiction, travel, children's, poetry, humour, and more. A great place to learn of opportunities and contests. Bring a few copies of writing-in-progress, choose your beverage, lunch, or snack from the menu, and enjoy an afternoon away from the screen or keyboard.

Monday, March 12 to Saturday, March 17
March Break – need to occupy kids or grandkids? Check out the programs at both Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre and your local library...all have much to offer from cooking to astronomy to creepy-crawlies!

March 15

The New Quarterly has extended the deadline for entries to the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse contest. Your poem can be inspired by any occasion, happy/sad, real/historical/imagined. Prizes include cash and publication. All entries considered for the magazine. Full details and submission info at

Wednesday, March 21
10 – 11 am
Road Trip Birding in China

Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre Victoria Street Southampton Presented by Jarmo Jalava, a unique travel experience that lets you escape your surroundings. Series tickets or individual events should be purchased in advance. Call the Museum at 519-797-2080 or

Saturday, March 24
The Nuts and Bolts of Managing Your Woodlot
Grey-Bruce Woodlot Conference
8:00 am to 3:30 p.m. Saturday; tour 1-3 p.m. Sunday
Elmwood Community Centre

A full day of presentations and an opportunity to mingle with others sharing interests in forests, nut-growing, and seed collecting among other topics, followed by a tour. Saturday displays by nature and forestry-oriented organizations and businesses, including locally created books. Register on-line ($25) or at the door ( $35) Cost covers snacks and a full-course noon meal. Sign up at

Sunday, March 25
Third of this season's Southampton Sunday Showcases
1:30 for participants, 2:00 for the audience
Southampton Town Hall corner of Hwy 21 and High Street.

This event is co-ordinated by Bruce County Playhouse, offering local performers of music (instrumental and vocal), dance, spoken all you wordsmiths with a scene or poem in need of an audience, come and take part! Free admission for performers.

Tuesday, March 27
Writers' BLOC
7-9 p.m.
Activities Centre, Elgin Lodge, Mary Street, Port Elgin.

We've dipped into the dictionary for this month's challenge! Create a work in any genre of prose or poetry using ALL of the following in any sequence: celebrity, delete, compel, impulse, twilight, melt, souvenir, materialize. Just add up to 992 more words and bring a few copies to share. No fee; bring your own snack if you wish.

March 31
Deadline for sending your non-fiction or poetry for the spring issue of The Leaf. The theme is FASHION, and the issue will include the winning entries from the Nineteenth Annual Acrostic Story Contest, so please do not send fiction. Author profiles and book reviews are welcome; please check before sending. Full guidelines at,& using the Contact link.

Advance notes
April 5-7 and 11-14
The Ghost Island Light
Live theatre at The Roxy in Owen Sound

Directed by Kevin Haxell Latest comedy thriller from Peter Colley, author of of The Donnellys and I'll Be Back Before Midnight! A new lighthouse keeper and his beautiful, and much-younger society wife are joined at their isolated post by danger and intrigue. For tickets contact The Roxy 519-371-2833

Registration open for the French River Writers Retreat
Seventh Annual Creative Writing Retreat at the Lodge at Pine Cove Limited to 25 participants, taught by some of Canada's leading writers. Friday, May 4 to Wednesday, May 9, 2018 for registration info

Before July 31
Wild for the Arts Festival seeks Writer-in-Campsite-Residence for this year's event in the inspiring setting of MacGregor Point Provincial Park—known for amazing biking and hiking trails, rare wetland plants, cobble shoreline, and Lake Huron’s spectacular sunsets. Organizers and sponsor provide a campsite, weekend meals, fee-free use of all Park amenities, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with creative people including visual artists, musicians, and other writers Friday, September 14 to Sunday, September 16. Part of the commitment will be to lead an activity for writers, either day. More information on how to apply is available from or





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