Deep Water Pearls: A Collection of Women’s Memoir BOOK LAUNCH

Deep Water Pearls will launch launch at The Mount in Charlottetown, 141 Mount Edward Rd, in the chapel space, this Saturday, December 8th at 1pm.

Thirteen writers dive into the deep emotional waters of their lives to write their most personal, honest stories. In doing so, they transform the grit of female experience into pearls of truth and beauty.

Guided by memoir coach and editor Kathleen Hamilton, the writers reveal the most intimate turning points in their lives, memories deeply charged with meaning, moments after which their lives were never the same.

The stories are diverse: we meet a PEI farm girl exploring her early intuitive knowings, a tattooed millennial struggling with PTSD, a mature academic rebounding from the betrayal of her marriage, and a bride whose wedding day is a triumph over a treacherous past.

Contributors are R.M. Alice, Orysia Dawydiak, Alexandra Dixon, Yvette Doucette, Sharla Goodwin, Kathleen Hamilton, K.J. Johnston, Jo MacKinnon, Liza Oliver, Katie Poirier, Heather S?uin, Hope Sollows, and E.G. Todd. While the writers are all from PEI where many of the stories take place, their journeys take us farther afield to potent moments in their lives in the logging towns of BC and the ranch culture of Utah, to formative experiences in the Magdalene Islands and Newfoundland.

32nd Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards: Call for Submissions

Call for Entry! The 2019 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards competition is open. The deadline is February 28, 2019. Submissions may now be made online, as well as by mail or at any public library.

For details, please check out our official announcement page. Entry forms for submissions via mail or the public library may be found here.


The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People competition is now open as well!  The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2019. Submissions may now be made online, as well as by mail or at any public library.

Further details are on our official announcement page. Students may wish to review our student submission rules, while teachers may be interested in brushing up on our teacher submission guidelines. Entry forms for submissions via mail or the public library can be found here.

Best of luck to all our entrants. We look forward to celebrating the art of writing with you at our gala events this coming May.

Esi Edugyan, author of WASHINGTON BLACK at the Mack Theatre Nov. 12

We are thrilled to welcome author Esi Edugyan to The Mack Theatre for a reading, Q&A and book signing. Esi’s new novel, Washington Black has been shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and longlisted for the 2018 Giller Prize. It is a dazzling, original novel of slavery and freedom, from the author of the international bestseller Half-Blood Blues. From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy plains of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black teems with all the strangeness of life. This inventive, electrifying novel asks, What is Freedom? And can a life salvaged from the ashes ever be made whole? The evening will be hosted by Lee Ellen Pottie, well known UPEI professor, writer and editor. This event is free, and is hosted by Bookmark.

Please note the location for this event has been changed to the Mack Theatre, from the Confederation Centre of the Arts Studio One.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Richard Lemm

Richard Lemm will be the featured reader for the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7pm at the Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St. In Charlottetown.

Richard Lemm has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Prince Edward Island since 1988. He has published six poetry collections, most recently Jeopardy. He received the Canadian Authors’ Association Poetry Prize for Prelude to the Bacchanal, and two CBC Literary Competition prizes of poetry. His short fiction collection, Shape of Things to Come, won a PEI Book Award. His biography Milton Acorn: In Love and Anger received a PEI Heritage Foundation Award. He edited Riptides: New PEI Fiction, an Atlantic Book Awards finalist for Best Atlantic Canadian Published Book, and winner of a PEI Book Award. He also edited Snow Softly Falling: Holiday Stories from Prince Edward Island. He is currently completing a memoir entitled Promised Land: Life and Times of an American-Canadian, and fumbling his way into a novel set mostly on PEI. His grandchildren say that he makes the best waffles.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work—poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. We’ll be shaking things up this month by having our featured reader perform first. Following a five minute break, the open mic portion of the evening will begin.

The PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Erin Suurkoivu

Erin Suurkoivu will be the featured reader for the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7pm at the Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St. In Charlottetown.

Erin Suurkoivu was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, and has lived in Ottawa, Vancouver, Sooke B.C., and Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a passionate environmentalist, yogi, and surfer (when she can be). Her debut poetry collection, Blood for Honey, is available at Indigo, Bookmark and also online. She lives in the country with her husband and their two children.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work—poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Erin will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

Stir of Shadows by Jaime Lee Mann – BOOK LAUNCH

Bestselling middle-grade fantasy author Jaime Lee Mann started writing down the bedtime stories she told her daughters when she realized they couldn’t get enough of the tales. Now she is preparing for the release of the sixth title in the beloved Legend of Rhyme series, Stir of Shadows. This magical tale full of mermaids and witches, pixies and phoenixes, and several special sets of twins is already enthralling advance reviewers both young and adult, and creating buzz around the latest plot twist: a bi-racial same-sex romance.

“Over the past four years, as I’ve gone through the process of writing and promoting this series, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many children who love to read,” says Jaime. “I’ve been feeling an even greater responsibility with each of these books to use my voice to inspire children to think more broadly, touching on environmental issues, feminism, mental health awareness, and wolves in sheep’s clothing. I wrote this particular book with the clear intention of wanting every child who reads it to be able to relate to the story on some level, hence the same-sex relationship, more sibling rivalry, and the consequences of making poor decisions.”

To fully enjoy the Legend of Rhyme series, Jaime encourages new readers to begin with the first book in the series, Elora of Stone, before moving on to Into Coraira, Teagan of Tomorrow, Second Twin, and Blood and Stars.

Stir of Shadows is published by Blue Moon Publishers and marketed by DigiWriting, and will be launching September 20th at 6:30pm, at the Confederation Centre Public Library.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Orysia Dawydiak

Orysia Dawydiak will be the first featured reader of the new season at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7pm at the Receiver Coffee Co.,128 Richmond St. in Charlottetown.

Orysia has always been a keen student of human and animal behaviour. Her first novel was inspired by the story of her parents’ emigration from Europe to Canada after World War II, and how their traumas and culture shaped them and affected their offspring. She also writes for young people – from life on an island sheep farm, to coastal fishing communities where the possibilities of alternate life forms become real. She is currently working on two memoirs, one of them about a remarkable Turkish working dog who travelled the world.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work—poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Orysia will read. The PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

Villains: The Characters We Love to Hate – a New Workshop From Author Anne Emery

What drives a good crime-mystery novel? The answer is obvious: a really bad, nasty, devious, twisted, elusive villain who’s always one step ahead of our poor hero as they desperately try to re-establish order and protect the innocent.

The PEI Writers’ Guild will present a day-long writing workshop on this topic on October 13 at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown. It will be led by Anne Emery, a Halifax lawyer and award-winning author of the Collins-Burke mystery series.

Her ninth novel, Lament for Bonnie, is now available in hard cover. Anne has won a number of awards and writing prizes, including the 2007 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel for her novel Sign of the Cross. Find out more about Anne here.

Anne will explore the factors that contribute to engaging villains, and how villains can be used to drive a story narrative. Participants will be tasked with defining what they enjoy in a villain, sharing villains in their own stories, and will be given the opportunity to create new villains based on the material covered in the workshop.

Registration will open soon! Check back here for details.

Book Launch: The Secret of Bowring Park by Christine Gordon Manley

Christine Gordon Manley invites anyone who believes in the magic within to help her launch The Secret of Bowring Park on July 17 at 6:30pm at the Confederation Centre Library.

Every child who has ever visited the Peter Pan statue in St. John’s, NL, swears that it is magic. They know that the mice, squirrels, rabbits, and fairies are never in the same place as the last time they visited. Some say they’ve seen Peter wink at them, and others believe they’ve heard the soft whispering sounds of a flute. Are the stories true? Is the Peter Pan statue really magic? Or are the tales just childhood fantasies?

The Secret of Bowring Park, is a story of magic, eternal wonder, and the bond between sisters.

This early reader chapter book includes beautiful illustrations by Newfoundland artist Laurel Keating and is published through Breakwater Books.

A freelance editor, Christine co-owns communications and marketing company, Manley Mann Media, with fellow PEI author Jaime Lee Mann. She’s worked on over 40 books, including fiction, memoirs, children’s books, educational material, YA, and even cookbooks.

Christine’s short stories have appeared in various magazines, websites, and journals, with “I’ll Always Make it Back Home” winning Honourable Mention and publication in Canada’s Tales of the Fantastic (2017). She won third place in the Island Literary Awards in 2015 (children’s category) and was a Round Two Finalist for CANSCAIP children’s story national contest in 2016.

Christine was born, and grew up, in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. While she fell in love with the red soil of PEI, where she now lives, the rocky shores of Newfoundland are never far from her mind. She can attribute her love of a good cup of tea, tender moose stew, driving to reach that perfect scenic view, and getting outside on any decent day to her own Newfoundland childhood.

The launch is co-hosted by The Bookmark and Breakwater Books and is an all-ages event. Rumour has it there will be Tinkerbell-themed treats available.

Annual General Meeting

June 23, 1-4 PM at Queue (70 Grafton St, Charlottetown)

It’s time again for the PEI Writers’ Guild AGM, and you’re invited! This year’s AGM is happening Saturday, June 23, from 1 to 4 PM at Queue (70 Grafton Street, next to the Pilot House).

Items on the agenda include the President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, election of the new board of directors, and discussion of priorities and initiatives for the upcoming year. As well, this is the perfect opportunity for members to offer feedback on the year that was.

We Need Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering for the PEIWG board of directors? Do you know someone you’d like to nominate for a position? Our AGM is the perfect place to do it! We’ll be electing board members for the 2018-2019 year, and we’re excited to include new individuals who are keen to help serve the writing community of Prince Edward Island.

We’re looking for passionate volunteers with experience in any (or all) of the following areas:

  • outstanding communication skills
  • social media management
  • familiarity with common online administrative tasks, including email and membership management
  • a love for writing and working within a community of talented, energetic artists

If you’re interested, please get in touch! Send us an email, or reach out through Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to talk with you.

All Are Welcome

Not a member? Don’t worry. The AGM is open to everyone, and PEIWG memberships can be purchased on the spot. Come alone or come with friends, stay for a drink and help us plan our next year.

We can’t wait to see you.

–The PEI Writers’ Guild