Character Workshop with Donna Morrissey

231980Are you or your character smiling, even when things aren’t good? Trust even when trust isn’t warranted? Maintain hope when suddenly tossed into situations of conflict, judgment, violence?

Learn how the Innocent Archetype affects ourselves and our characters’ thinking and behaviours and more in ARCHETYPES, CHARACTERS & YOU, an intensive two-day workshop put on by the international award-winning author Donna Morrissey.

Don’t wait to register! The workshop runs March 4 and 5, 10:00–3:30 pm each day.

Check out our workshop page for details.

February Open Mic Cancelled Due to Storm

Sorry folks! That huge storm they’re warning us about is expected to hit early this evening, so we’ve decided to cancel the open mic. Stay warm, safe, and off those wintery roads. We’ll be sure to update you all well in advance of the next open mic we hold.

Perhaps this is an opportune time to get some fresh writing in, while the wind batters the windows and snow piles up at the door. And you, blankets to your chin with a cup of tea, creating new stories and poems by which to keep warm.

“Doing it in Charlottetown” — an update!

Attention lovers, dreamers, and hopeless romantics!

There’s still 16387895_10154336926746169_7623620866970264699_nroom in our erotic writing workshop with the award-winning playwright and author Kathleen Hamilton! Come spend an afternoon with us this Saturday, February 11, from 1-4pm at the Faculty Lounge in Main Building, UPEI, for an inside scoop on how to write good, steamy erotica.

Anyone looking to spice up their writing style should check out our workshop page to see how to register.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Lobie Daughton

Sorry everyone. The open mic has been cancelled due to the impending winter storm.

lobie daughtonLobie Daughton will be the featured reader at the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, February 9 at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown.

Lobie grew up in England and Wales, studying in Cambridge and York before moving to Canada. A varied career has ranged from cooking for rock bands to community economic development. Lobie loves poetry and runs an informal retreat for writers and artists, “Poetical Asylum”, that began in Prince County and has migrated to Queens County. He has won prizes for poetry, published numerous feature articles and essays on everything from sushi to xenotransplantation, as well as acting as an external adviser for reports and journals, including Environment Canada’s “Report on Human Health and the Environment”. Lobie was the recipient of the year 2000 Quebec-Labrador Foundation “Caring For the Earth Award”. He has made his home on Prince Edward Island for the past 35 years and lives by the water in Mermaid, with his loved ones.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work – poetry or prose – for 3 to 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy some of The Receiver’s delicious offerings, Lobie will read.

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

“Doing It” in Charlottetown: Writing Erotica

Kathleen HamiltonThe PEI Writers’ Guild and the English Department at UPEI invite Island writers to join Kathleen Hamilton for the Delta of Venus Workshop, an afternoon of writing erotica. Kathleen is the author of Sex After Baby: Why there is None, an award-winning playwright (Shameless Hussies, Blonde Moments), a screenwriter and a poet.

Taking place on Saturday, February 11 at the UPEI Faculty Lounge from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m,  in celebration of Valentine’s Day, and in the tradition of Anais Nin who wrote, “only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy,” this workshop will…

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PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series

dave-atkinson-scaledDave Atkinson will be the featured reader at the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, January 12, at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St. in Charlottetown.

Dave is an award-winning freelance journalist, columnist, and broadcaster. His work for the CBC has aired on The Current, Atlantic Voice, Tapestry, Maritime Magazine, and regional radio programs across the country. He and his wife are homeschooling their three silly kids in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Dave is the author of two books for kids aged 8-12, Wereduck and Cure for Wereduck, published by Nimbus.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work – poetry or prose – for 3 to 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy some of The Receiver’s delicious offerings, Dave will read.

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

PEIWG Invites You to Our Autumn Sociable

Writing can be a trying and lonely endeavour, but the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild has come up with a way to give writers and their friends some well-deserved socializing and fun.

15056349_10154121530896169_2037999958115971306_nThe guild will host its Autumn Sociable at Upstreet Craft Brewing (41 Allen Street) in Charlottetown on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. The evening will include literary trivia with Steve Forbes, contests, giveaways, and the chance to chat with others in the writing community. During the sociable, the guild will also announce the winner from its Battle Tales non-fiction contest.

Everyone is welcome – you do not have to be a guild member to join! Admission is free, though donations will be accepted towards the work of the guild, which promotes the growth and quality of literary arts in P.E.I. Event and prize sponsors include Cox & Palmer and Upstreet. For more information, email peiwritersguild @

Why PEI is So, So, So, So, So Great Contest

1170x347_canada150_1469186137893_engCanada will mark its 150th birthday in 2017. And to celebrate, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is holding a writing contest.

Students from Grade 1-12 are invited to dig deep into their imaginations and come up with a written response to the following question:

Why is P.E.I so, so, so, so, so great?

Whether it’s culture, potatoes, scenic beauty, Anne of Green Gables or Lennie Gallant, Kirk and Kerri Wynn, compost or the fact that the first meeting where confederation was discussed was held in Charlottetown, the possibilities are endless. All you need to do is tell us why PEI is the greatest province in the greatest country on the greatest planet in the greatest solar system in the cosmos.

What will you win? Riches, fame and the chance to have your name printed in The Guardian. Oh, and you may even get the chance to read your work on a grand stage in front of *thousands of fellow Islanders.

Contest deadline is January 31st, 2017. The deadline has been extended until March 1st, 2017!

Entrants are encouraged to write in the language of their choice!

Three prizes will be awarded in each category.

1st Prize $150 (wink, wink)
2nd Prize $100
3rd Prize $50

Grade 1 – 3
Maximum 250 words
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so include one if you want to. It will make our judge’s day and may even improve your chances of winning.

Grade 4-6
Maximum 300 words
Again a picture is accepted.

Grade 7-9
Maximum 500 words
Hold the cell phone, you’re practically adults now. No pictures for you.

Grade 10-12
Maximum 1000 Words
1000 words is 59,000 words shy of a novel (just saying)

Submissions must contain a cover sheet with the contest name, name of the student, grade, name of the teacher (if applicable), and contact details.

Submissions can be sent by email to the or by mail too the following address: Island Literary Awards, c/o P.E.I. Writers’ Guild, 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4R3