News & Events

APRIL 2018
Local Authors Day
Friday, April 20
Lakeview School, M'Chigeeng First Nation

Write Together Writing Group
April 3, 10, 17 and 21

Maybe you've thought about writing a story, a book, your family's history, etc.

BUT… you just don't sit down & do it
OR… you don't know how to get started (or keep going)
IF SO…Consider joining the Write Together Writing Group:
~ a series of four weekly sessions  ~
~ do the writing you want ~
~ with guidance & support ~

To learn more or to register, contact:
Kate Thompson (705) 377-4411 or

MARCH 2018
International Women's Day - Write into Journaling
Ojibwe Cultural Foundation
Thursday, March 8

A range of activities will be offered from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
My table will be open for journaling activities from 1-3 p.m.

This event is free and open to everyone who wants to celebrate International Women's Day.

Find out more on the OCF's Facebook page and click on See All for the full calendar of events.

Write into Herbs & Teas
Saturday, March 10
1-4 p.m.
Meet at the Old Mill Heritage Centre in Kagawong.

Join us for a walk along the Kagawong Trail with Danielle Bourgault, a Manitoulin herbalist, who will demonstrate and explain about several local herbs and plants that can be made into infusions. A lot of sipping will be involved! Then, through writing activities led by author Kate J. Thompson, we will consider our spiritual-emotional connections to plants and teas.

By donation.
Offered in partnership with the Outside the Box ,
a program of 4elements Living Arts in Kagawong, Ontario.
If you are interested, contact Sarah Earley at 4elements Living Arts 705-210-0422
Write into Journaling
The cold days of winter are a good time to get cozy with a good book…
...or to do some writing yourself.

Fun, interesting activities for beginners and experienced journal-writers.

Open to anyone over the age of about 10.

Both locations & dates open to everyone:
Saturday, February 10  ~  M'Chigeeng Church Rectory
Saturday, February 17  ~  Little Current Public Library

12:30 p.m.  to  3:00 p.m. (both dates)

Cost $25. ~ Family savings available.

 Contact Kate J. Thompson to register and for information.

(705) 377-4411  ~  ~
Writing Skills Workshop for Entrepreneurs

Learn practical approaches to writing your business plan and the other business-related writing that will help you succeed. On offer will be tips, review and the possibility of reshaping your mindset about writing.

Offered by Cambrian College.
When: Wednesday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Little Current campus of Cambrian College
Words for Reconciliation – an exploratory writing workshop

Together we will consider relationships between the land, environment and settlement within the context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's work and recommendations.

Participants will write in guided exercises and then finish with a (voluntary) group piece which pulls together each person's words and ideas.

This is an informal, exploratory workshop for anyone over about ten years of age. No particular writing skill or experience is needed. All materials will be provided, though you're welcome to bring your own notebook or journal if you wish.

Offered FREE as part of the 4elements Elemental Festival

When: Sunday, October 1 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Kagawong Park Centre, upstairs
JULY 2017
Write the Trail Shore Walk
Join us on a walk along one of Lake Huron's rocky shores  on Manitoulin Island.

When: Tuesday, July 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Providence Bay Marina
 Book Signing
My Journey in the Garden by Ed Burt, with Kate Thompson

This is a handbook for any gardener – whether urban or rural, beginner or veteran.

Come and meet Ed and chat about gardening. At this time of year he'll be able to help especially with harvesting and storing vegetables and preparing your garden for spring planting.

Ed Burt is a third-generation Manitoulin Island farmer who has a great passion for growing things. He is a local legend. He gets remarkable yields on a piece of land that has no great amount of topsoil and is in a wintry Zone 4B. A compelling storyteller, Ed gives advice on everything from biodynamics to crop rotation, harvesting wild greens to community seed exchanges, as well as unique ways to plant, nurture, harvest and store your garden produce.

Photo: Stephanie Burt-Hillyard
WHEN:  Saturday, October 2, 2016 from 1-3 p.m.
WHERE: The Island Jar, Little Current on Manitoulin Island, ON
Christmas Markets
Manitoulin Island offers numerous Christmas markets in November and December.
 I will be selling my book, Prose & Versicles -- A Light Collection, and Ed Burt's book, My Journey in the Garden, at three of them:

M'Chigeeng: Community Complex      Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mindemoya: Missionary Church          Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Manitoulin Secondary School             Friday, November 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  and
                                                               Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  1. Hi Kate, this is Sis. Enjoyed your website today. I have cool video of bucks in peony field I'll try to post. Keep up the great writing!

    1. Thanks, Ang. I'm glad you stopped by to visit. I look forward to seeing the video, here or somewhere else. Happy day!