Self-Publishing Symposium: 16 August 2014, 9:00-5:00

The PEI Writers’ Guild, in partnership with the UPEI Department of English, are pleased to host a Self-Publishing Symposium in Charlottetown on August 16th from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Join award-winning authors Patti Larsen, William Kowalski and decorated editor Annetta Ribken as they facilitate a day-long session on the business, mechanics and craft of self-publishing your own writing.

For more information, please visit our website:

Kowalski-Larsen-Ribken Self-Publishing Symposium

Date: Saturday, August 16th, 2014

  • Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Location: UPEI (Room TBD)
  • Cost: $90.00. The registration fee is reduced to $80 for members of the PEI Writers’ Guild and students at UPEI.
  • Lunch: Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch, will be between 12:00pm – 1:00pm.
  • Bring: Paper and Pen
  • Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided.


To book your seat, email: peiwritersguild @ or call PEI Writers’ Guild at (902) 940-6441.

Tick-tock tick-tock

Only 13 days left to get your submissions in to the 2014 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards. Contest ends 30 June 2014 at 4:00pm.

In addition to the adult awards, we have four categories for young people in the

Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People:

Students may write on the topic of their choice and submit in one of four sub-categories:

  • Early Elementary (Grades 1-3),
  • Late Elementary (Grades 4-6),
  • Junior High (Grades 7-9), and
  • Senior High (Grades 10-12).

A maximum of five pages of poetry, or a ten-page short story, will constitute an entry. Longer submissions will NOT be accepted. There is no entry fee. Cash prizes will be awarded in each sub-category of First, Second, and Third.

School Participation Award:

The school with the highest number of student submissions per capita will be recognized with a certificate and prize at the awards ceremony.

There is no entry fee for young people, so if you know any budding writers that would just love to win a prize, there’s still enough time!

Contest details and contest submission forms can be found and downloaded at, click ILAs.

TWiG Buds are Sprouting: Book Launch and Fair

TWiG authors to hold book launch and fair

In celebration of winning the 2014 Prince Edward Island Book Award for Poetry for the anthology, A Gathering of Twigs, members of TWiG (The Writers in Group) are planning a book launch and fair for June 27 at the Haviland Club, beginning at 7 p.m. There will be readings from the anthology.

The event will open with ‘Poetry in Song’ featuring Charlottetown singer-songwriter Fraser McCallum.

Members will use this opportunity to launch Robert Mercer’s new book of poetry, The Lost Legend of Abigail in the Land of Green Gables.

Recently published books by Margaret Westlie (Mattie’s Story), Bruce McCallum (Memories of the Chukuni Lumber Company), Kathy Birt (Island Roots), andMargot Maddison-MacFadyen (When the Circus Comes to Town, ashort story) will also be featured.

Two books slated for publication in the near future, Robbin Mayem’s book of poetry and Roger Gordon’s memoir, will be previewed.

The evening of celebration will be held in the Haviland Club Lounge. There will be a cash bar. Snacks and other refreshments will be served.

There will be opportunities to meet TWiG writers and to purchase books. Everyone is welcome.

For additional information contact Bruce McCallum at 964-2297 or

Donna Morrissey Writers’ Workshop, Jan. 25 2014

The PEI Writers’ Guild and the UPEI Department of English are pleased to announce that international best-selling author Donna Morrissey will be facilitating a writing workshop for writers of all levels in Charlottetown on Saturday, January 25th, 2014.

Donna Morrissey is the author of four award-winning novels, including The Deception of Livvy Higgs, and a screenplay, Clothesline Patch, which won a Gemini Award.

The focus of the workshop will be to assist writers in developing their craft by:

  • Writing from Within Your Character
  • Showing vs. Telling
  • Effective Telling
  • Showing emotion through character, narrative, dialogue, and associative thinking
  • Research: Balancing telling and showing research, which parts, how much research to present without overwhelming story or turning it into a history lesson
  • Balancing Telling and Showing

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Time: 9:00 – 3:00
Location: UPEI Faculty Lounge
Cost: $85.00. The registration fee is reduced to $65 for members of the PEI Writers’ Guild and students at UPEI.

Bring: Pen, paper – and smiles for teacher!
Lunch: Brown Bag

For further information, or to book your seat:

Or call PEI Writers Guild at (902) 940-6441