The PEI Writers’ Guild and the Department of English at UPEI are co-hosting much-loved author Sheree Fitch as Writer in Residence during June 21-28.
Sheree is a children’s author, poet, and novelist with more than 25 publications. She has received numerous awards, and has given presentations and workshops on many topics in Canada and abroad. Her writing for both children and adults has been described as “exuberant, joy-filled and wise.” Her readings are “magical” and her workshops “inspirational.”
Sheree’s two workshops will be on Saturday, June 27: “Writing Children’s Literature — SERIOUS Nonsense, Word Play & UTTER Stuff” at 9:30-12:00, and “How To Write That Book You Need to Write” at 1:00-3:30. Both workshops will be in Room 320, Main Building at UPEI.
Prince Edward Island writers are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for this year’s Writers Exchange with Tasmania. The successful applicant will be offered a three-week residency in Hobart this September.
Writers must have:
a high calibre of published work in any genre(s);
a background in teaching creative writing;
public speaking skills; and
the ability to travel to Tasmania in September 2015.
The successful applicant will be contacted in mid-March.
The Prince Edward Island and Tasmania Writers’ Exchange is supported by the University of Tasmania, the University of Prince Edward Island, the PEI Writers’ Guild, and the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre. All inquiries must be directed to the Tasmanian Writers Centre.
Recently, at the 2014 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, held at The Guild, 41 writers – young, new, mature, and slightly seasoned – received recognition for excellence in writing. Two events – afternoon and evening – were well attended.
During the afternoon session for young people, despite the two power outages, which forced the MC, dignitaries, and young readers to speak by flashlight, attendees declared the afternoon “magical.” Dave Atkinson was special guest reader.
The results for the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing for Youth awards are as follows: • Early Elementary : First prize went to Abbi Melvin and Shanelle Jadis for “Magic in the Air;” and second prize to Hope Affleck for “The Closet.”
• Late Elementary: First: Keridwen Campbell for “All I wanted was a Dinosaur,” Second: Seth Dockendorff for “The No Number Town,” Third: Milla MacVicar for “The First Rainbow,” and Honourable Mentions to Julia Doucette for “How the Tiger got its Stripes,” Emma McQuaid for “How Shadows Came to Be,” and Rebecca Ford for “Is this a Dream?” • Junior High School: First: Grace Hickey for “A Fractal of Feeling,” Second (tie): Meghan Morrell for “Sam’s Wish,” Jaden Nantes for “POP POP,” Third: Olivia Mullins for “The Underworld,” and
Bernard Gillis, Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty and Provincial Credit Union
Honourable Mentions: Eliza Weatherbie for “Scarlett,” Nicole Lukeman for “Dear Journal,” and Shannon Murphy for “Stay Strong.” • Senior High School: First: Hayley VanIderstine for “Cracked City, ”Second: Emily Pass for “Letters to Verity,” Third: Emily McClean for “Clowns, My Future and Other Terrifying Things,” and Honourable Mentions: Petra Larsen for “Fier,” Sarah A. MacDonald for “Endless Life,” and Maddie Harding for “Winter in my Heart.”
At the gala evening event, attendees were greeted by jazz music from Ken Fornetran, Patrick LeClaire, and Isaac Williams. The session was MC’d by CBC host Karen Mair. Charlie G. Sark was the special guest reader.
The results for the Adult Island Literary Awards are as follows: • Milton Acorn Poetry Award:
First: Ann Howatt for “Atlantic Suite,” Second: Ashley Prince for “How this Stillness Feels,” Third: Charity Becker for “Through the Lens of National Geographic’s Greatest Photographs,” and Honourable Mentions: Margot Maddison-MacFadyen for “Excerpts from the Poem Book,” Margo Connors for “Father,” and Olivia Robinson for “Twenty-one Years of Words.”
• Maritime Electric Short Story Award: First: Adam St. Pierre for “The Old Sadogue,” Second: Margot Maddison-MacFadyen for “Christmas Eve Debutante,” Third: Chris Bailey for “This is what you Expected?” and Honourable Mentions: Stephanie Halldorson for “There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea,” Paul Barton for “Peter’s Shed,” and Philip Macdonald for “Community Reports.”
• L.M. Montgomery Writing for Children Award: First: Tanya Nicolle MacCallum for “Paint the Sky,” Second: Sarah Elvidge for “Sleepy Time for Mammals,” and Third: Michael Conway for “The Headless Horseman and Hallowe’en High Jinks.”
• Clary Pottie Creative Non-Fiction Award: First: Stephanie Halldorson for “Nothing,” Second: Margo Connors for “PEI Symphony Previews 2014,” Third: Anna Karpinski for “The Cake (1972 Poland),” and Honourable Mentions: Ruby Madigan for “Congratulations,” and George Curtis for “My Lessons.”
Special awards were also given to the following:
• The School Participation Award for the most student entries was given to teacher Allison Giggy and Queen Charlotte Intermediate School;
• The UPEI Réshard Gool Award for Creative Writing was presented to Ruby Madigan; and
• The Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts of Prince Edward Island was awarded to Orysia Dawydiak.
The PEI Writers’ Guild extends sincere thanks to our sponsors, partners, and donors: Cox & Palmer, Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty; Maritime Electric; Clary Pottie Family; Acorn Family; Heirs of L.M. Montgomery; Department of Education and Early Childhood Development; City of Charlottetown; The Investors Group; The Guardian; The Buzz; P.E.I. Literacy Alliance; Provincial Credit Union; The Acorn Press; The Bookmark; P.E.I. Teacher’s Federation; P.E.I. Public Library Service; Dunes Studio and Gallery and Peter Janzen; Home Hardware Charlottetown; Hearts and Flowers; KKP Charlottetown; Orysia Dawydiak and David Sims; John Smith; Ed MacDonald; Wendy Shilton; Geoffrey Lindsay and Joy Tremblay; George Curtis; and our anonymous community donor.
The PEI Writers’ Guild also thanks the folks who participated in concretizing the 2014 Awards: MCs Karen Mair and Lee Ellen Pottie; Judges: Valerie Compton, Sheree Fitch, Don Gayton, Susan Glickman, Allyson Trainor, and George Curtis; volunteers, and all those who submitted their work or contributed their time and effort to the 27th Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards.
We’ve had a grand time organizing the events and hope you will join us again next year when we bring the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards back to the spring.
Here are a few events that will be happening prior to the release of our November Newsletter:
ONGOING: Are you looking for a writing group or a book club? Are you looking for members for your writing group or book club? If yes, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to match you up.
DECEMBER 15: Nova Scotia has Eastword and we have Newsletter. With all the creative folk out there, someone must have a catchier name for this monthly sheet. Send your nominations to email@example.com and, by mid-December, the Executive (not eligible to enter) will have voted on a name. Winning entry will receive a free one-year membership in the PEIWG.
November 5: Please join Island resident, Peggy Hogan, for the launch of her first novel on Wednesday, 05 November, 6:30 pm. A reception and book signing will follow. All events happen at The Haviland Club, Charlottetown, PE. Copies of the book will be available for sale at $25, taxes included. Cash only please.
November 7-9: 30 Days To A Novel with Stephanie Domet 2014. Join award-winning author Stephanie Domet for a 2-day workshop to help you write your novel, no matter how much writing experience you have! Stephanie took up the NaNoWriMo task of writing a novel in a month back in 2003, and now she’s sharing her tips and tricks on getting started with anyone who’s up for the challenge. Come with your work-in-progress, or start from scratch! For more information check out: www.nanowrimo.org. Program Cost: $380 ($225 tuition + $155 meals/accommodations).
November 10: Haviland Club Open Mic: David Helwig and Judy Gaudet are the featured readers at Haviland Club Open Mic, Monday Nov 10th at 7 pm. Host Dianne Hicks Morrow, PEI poet laureate, invites everyone who likes to be read to, and everyone willing to read from their own poetry or prose. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free or by donation. Readers can sign up at 7 p.m. to read their own poetry or prose to a friendly audience, up to five minutes. For any questions, please contact Dianne at peipoetlaureate@gmail.
November 14: From Scientist to Author: Local retired UPEI professor and past Dean of Science at UPEI, Roger Gordon, has been very active during his retirement. Many will recognize his name associated with the movement against cosmetic pesticides, and many will soon know him as a published author. Dr. Gordon will be launching his first book—a memoir entitled Starting to Frame—on Friday, November 14, 6:30 PM at The Haviland Club in Charlottetown. The book launch will feature a 50-60’s theme in music, gastronomy, drinks, and costume. Attendees are invited, if they so wish, to come donned in 1950s–1960s attire. Reception begins at 6:30 PM and the official program will begin at 7 PM. All are welcome. Starting to Frame is available at amazon.com, smashwords.com , via the author’s website: startingtoframe.com, at The Bookmark in Charlottetown (from Nov. 14), and at the launch. To contact Dr. Gordon, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 15: Pirates vs Wereduck – Saturday, November 15th at 2:00 p.m. Join Nimbus authors Kate Inglis (Flight of the Griffons, Dread Crew) and Dave Atkinson (Wereduck) for readings from their books and a debate to settle once and for all which are cooler: pirates or wereducks. For all ages. Please visit the Children’s Desk or call 368-4644 for more information.
November 15: FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is pleased to send you this reminder that the deadline for submissions to the 2015 Dalton Camp Award is approaching.The winner will receive a $10,000 prize for excellence in creative, original essay-writing on the link between democracy and the media in Canada. A discretionary second prize of $2,500 may be awarded for the best essay by a post-secondary student. The 2015 Award is open to both students and other Canadians.The official rules, past winning essays, a video biography on Dalton Camp, and other details about the Award are available from the Dalton Camp Award website: www.daltoncampaward.ca
November 15: Island author, Chris McGarry will be reading from his new novel, Summer of Fear, at Confederation Centre Public Library Saturday, Nov. 15, 2 pm. In Summer of fear we meet Antonio Guardini, veteran NYPD homicide detective, devoted husband and father, devout Roman Catholic and prolife activist. A mysterious killer who believes he is receiving orders from God begins targeting abortion doctors in New York City. Antonio and six other detectives are assigned to a task force to investigate the murders. Caught in a moral dilemma, Antonio is forced to temporarily place his personal convictions aside in order to catch the murderer, who is closer to him than he could ever imagine…
November 25: Carriage House, Beaconsfield, 7 pm. Judy Gaudet will be launching her new book of poetry, Conversation with Crows, Oberon Press. Everyone welcome.
NOVEMBER 27: Newfoundland author Michael Crummey, who has just been nominated for the Governor General’s 2014 Literary Award for fiction, will be reading from his new novel Sweetland. Venue is the Confed Centre Gallery of Art, time is 7:30pm. Hosted by UPEI’s English Dept, and supported by the CCA and CCAG.