PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Heather Moyse

Heather Moyse will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, May 24, at 7 pm at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St. in Charlottetown.

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, Heather will read.

Heather Moyse first captured the nation’s attention while standing atop the Olympic podium with Calgary-native Kaillie Humphries, having made Canadian history on home soil by bombing down the track to Canada’s first-ever gold medal in bobsleigh at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

After overcoming personal challenges and returning to bobsleigh 6 months before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Heather and her partner successfully defended their title as Olympic Champions after a thrilling come-from-behind victory – a feat accomplished only twice before by a Canadian athlete.

She also represented Canada in track cycling at the 2012 Pan-American Cycling Championships in Argentina and competed on the National Senior Women’s Rugby team in 22 international rugby games and 4 international rugby sevens tournaments, including the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow. She was the leading try-scorer in both the 2006 and 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cups, and was selected as one of only two females in the world to become International Rugby Anti-Doping Ambassadors. She was the first Canadian female, and second Canadian ever – to be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame to join the likes of Johnny Wilkinson and Nelson Mandela who have also been recognized for their contribution to the sport.

In 2016 Heather summited the highest mountain in Antarctica to raise awareness for PTSD and to raise money to help veterans, and soon-to-be-retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces, transition back to civilian life after finishing their time in the Military.

In September 2017, Heather returned to the sport of bobsleigh with the purpose of empowering younger, less-experienced athletes by helping them navigate the high-pressure Olympic season. She helped qualify three Canadian women’s sleds for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games, pushing one of the Olympic rookies to a sixth place finish at the Games.

As a lifelong humanitarian and proud Islander, Heather donates her time and talent to many community events and national charities, earning her the inaugural Randy Starkman Olympian Humanitarian Award, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and the Order of PEI – the highest honour to be bestowed in any province in Canada.

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

Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards: Short List Announcement

The PEI Writers’ Guild is excited to announce the shortlist for the 31st Annual Cox and Palmer Island Literary Awards. The winners will be revealed at the gala awards ceremony taking place at the Rodd Charlottetown (75 Kent Street) on Saturday, May 26, from 7-10 PM.

Tickets to the gala are free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

Short-listed writers for adult categories (random order) are as follows:

L.M. Montgomery* PEI Literature for Children Award: Wendy Pobjoy, Margo Connors, Samantha Desjardins Joyce.

Milton Acorn Poetry Award: Roderick MacDonald, Wendy Pobjoy, Ann Howatt.

Maritime Electric Short Story Award: Victoria Goddard, Diana Clark, Emily Cann, Renee Blanchette.

Creative Non-Fiction Award: Anne MacCallum, Emily Jelliffe, Paul Vreeland, Kathryn Nazim.

*L.M. Montgomery is a trademark of the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.

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

On May 26th, Island youth will be recognized for their excellence in the literary arts at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. This year’s gala will run from 12:00-1:30 PM at The Rodd Charlottetown (75 Kent Street), and will be hosted by Deirdre Kessler.

While the gala is free of charge, seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

Short List for Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People (random order):

Senior High: Madeline Reddick, Keridwen Campbell, Shreya Singh, Lauren MacTavish, Autumn Banks.

Junior High: Claire Dejong, Kennedy Martin, Grace Potter, Ariel Dunn, Lilly O’Reilly.

Late Elementary: Laura MacDougall, Andrew Saver, Madelyn Hume, Mya Belieu, Camryn Carver.

Early Elementary: Charlie Frew, Cora van Eyk.

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People recognizes excellence in creative writing by Island students.

Cash prizes are generously donated by members of the Island community.

The awards run as an extension of the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, an event of the PEI Writers’ Guild.

31st Annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards Gala Announcement

The 31st Annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards will take place at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel (75 Kent St, Charlottetown) on May 26, 2018.

We hope to see you there!

The Business of Self-Publishing: From Writer to Publisher With multiple-award-winning indie author and publisher Patti Larsen

PLEASE bring your laptop as this is a hands-on workshop!

Are you ready to publish your novel/memoir/poetry collection but feel daunted or overwhelmed by the steps necessary to take your finished work to market? It may seem like a Herculean task, but it’s far more straight-forward than you might expect. The trouble is that advice abounds, often in conflict—where to publish, how to go about it, what aspects of the business are important and what to avoid… it can be confusing and lead talented writers to decide self-publishing just isn’t for them.

But there’s an answer! Join multiple-award-winning indie author and publisher Patti Larsen in a step-by-step, hands on workshop that will walk you through each and every step of setting up your business. From understanding the U.S. tax treaty exemption to acquiring your own ISBN prefix to creating your back office space in markets like Amazon, Kobo and Barnes&Noble, Patti Larsen has been there, done that (over a hundred publications later and counting!) and can give you the confidence and guidance you need to dive into the world of self-publishing.

Please note: There are only six spots remaining for this workshop, so sign up early!

Wits & Words Poetry Slam

It’s that time of year again! The 2018 Wits & Words Student Poetry Slam will take place Wednesday, April 25th, 7pm, at Receiver Coffee (128 Richmond Street) in Charlottetown. If last year was any indication, it promises to be an exciting, entertaining, and illuminating evening. Space is limited. Come early to get a seat and enjoy the excellent poetry Island students have to offer.

Poets and Pints for Poetry Month

Poets & Pints is a celebration of National Poetry Month featuring a social hour; readings by 4 Island poets including Deirdre Kessler, Jane Ledwell, John MacKenzie and David Hickey; a Q&A moderated by John Flood; and an open mic. Poets & Pints of cosponsored by The Bookmark and PEI’s own poet laureate Deirdre Kessler.

Date: April 16th from 6 PM to 10 PM
Where: The Queue, next to Pilot House, 70 Grafton Street

Nasreen Pejvack at the Confederation Centre Public Library Saturday April 21

Nasreen  Pejvack will be visiting Confederation Centre Public Library Saturday April 21, 2:00 p.m. as part of a cross country tour introducing her newest books, “Paradise of the Downcasts” and “Waiting.”

“Paradise of the Downcasts” is a book of short stories inspired by the author’s experiences of life in Canada, a gracefully crafted series of stories in which the author invites us to examine the way we deal with each other in life’s sojourn. “Waiting” is a book of poems that delve deeply into the soul of humanity to pull out wonder, greed, love and hope.

Born in Tehran, Iran, a place she left over 30 years ago, the author has lived in Athens, Ottawa, California, before finally settling in Vancouver.  She previously visited Confederation Centre Public Library in 2015 when she launched her first novel, “Amity.”