PEI Writers’Guild to Host Island-wide Read-a-thon

Not only is October filled with apple picking, scarecrows, and cranberry sauce, but this month of the harvest also sees an abundance of family literacy events take place throughout the province. The Reading Street initiative involved a series of ten events, funded by TD Bank Group and facilitated through the Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild (PEIWG), that celebrated family literacy. To cap off this busy month of literacy and reading focused events, the Guild is hosting an Island-wide Read-a-thon on November 1st.

“Read-a-thons are quite popular in the online space,” explains PEIWG president Christine Gordon Manley. “Basically, you commit to setting aside a certain timeframe on a given day to read. Some read-a-thons can last for up to 24 hours, with participants planning their reads and snacks weeks ahead of time, but we’re making ours a family friendly event and going with two hours.”

On Sunday, November 1, from 1:30pm–3:30pm, Islanders participating in the Read-a-thon will simply be asked to dive into a book. During the event, readers can send photos of themselves and their family reading, their reading nooks, any furry reading buddies, and their reading snacks of choice to the Guild for a chance to win prizes.

“We’re asking participants to engage with us online using the hashtag #PEIReadAthon. Tag us on Twitter and Instagram, and use this hashtag for a chance to win some pretty fabulous prizes from our event sponsors: Seaside Books (Summerside), the Comic Hunter (Charlottetown), the Bookman (Charlottetown), and Buttercup Café & Books (Beach Point),” says Gordon Manley.

Since this is an online event, there is no requirement to register ahead of time.

“All you have to do is grab a book and read…and possibly win a prize,” states PEIWG Executive Director Mo Duffy Cobb. “During a time that sees so much change and uncertainty, we wanted to do something that can still go ahead during the pandemic and that encourages families to set time aside to read.”

For more information, please see the Event Page of the PEI Writers’ Guild Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

Drop the Mic: Intro to Spoken Word

On Tuesdays in November, the PEIWG is trying something new – WE’RE GOING DIGITAL! Our online workshop series, Drop the Mic: An Intro to Spoken Word, will explore the rich genre of spoken word and storytelling art form, in hopes of giving participants a confidence boost and performance experience along the way – all in a comfortable, online space. 

Led by award-winning interdisciplinary research, ethicist and spoken-word artist Dr. Julie Bull, this four-week workshop series will give participants the chance to explore and practice skills of the art of spoken word. 

Bull will present on the topics of:  

  • How does poetry become spoken-word art?
  • Elements of poetry
  • Sound patterns
  • Collective poetry writing.

Participants will also be given prompts and have the opportunity to write their own poems, either independently or in a shared working environment.

“I’m thrilled to be collaborating with the PEI Writers’ Guild on an event that highlights the art of spoken-word poetry,” says Bull. “As facilitator, I’ll introduce the basic tenants of spoken-word art and provide space for participants to write and perform a new poem. I look forward to seeing what creations come from this collaboration.”

The final session will be a virtual poetry slam where participants will have the opportunity to perform their pieces. 

The workshop series will run Tuesdays in November, from 7-8 pm, and includes Tuesdays Nov. 3rd, Nov. 10th, Nov. 17th, and Nov. 24th. The cost for all 4 sessions is $40/ PEIWG Members and $50/ Nonmembers. 

Want to be a member? Join here: MEMBERSHIP

Session pricing includes all four workshops (no single workshop pricing is available this time). Two bursaries will be reserved for members of diverse and Indigenous communities: please email [email protected] for more info. 

REGISTER NOW

Born in Happy Valley, Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (NunatuKavut),  Julie Bull now resides in Prince Edward Island (Epekwitk). In March 2020, Julie was awarded a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in the Indigenous Storytelling and Spoken-Word program. Julie put those skills to work in the summer of 2020 where she was a top winner at the PEERS Alliance/PRIDE PEI OUTspoken Poetry Slam, as well as a performer in theIsland Fringe Festival’s Pounding the Pavement: Celebrating and amplifying artists from the fringe




Looking forward to seeing you there! 

The PEIWG Workshop Committee

(Christine, Kirstin, Elizabeth, Dylan & Tanya). 

 

TD & the PEI Writers’ Guild Offer Micro-Grants for Reading Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Street: A Storybook Adventure Across PEI

Overview

Reading Street (The-Artist-Formerly-Known-as-Reading-Town) is a community event focused on promoting literacy in Charlottetown and across PEI. In 2018 and 2019, vendors, exhibitors, games, activities, cultural programming and workshops came together to make reading and learning fun for the whole family. It was an inclusive, bilingual event with more than a dozen partners from various facets of the community and business sector.

This year, COVID-19 has influenced us to change our tune. While Reading Street still wants to develop stronger community partnerships and create our carnival style event, this year, we have the opportunity to share our love of reading with pockets of happy readers. With micro-grants of funding up to $500, TD and the PEI Writers’ Guild will help market your event and together we can continue creating successful family reading experiences, across Prince Edward Island’s centres!

For the  Love  of  Reading

Reading Street: A Storybook Adventure Across PEI experiences will be unique and innovative. Your programming can be any reading-themed activity, a games corner for the kids, a reading nook for families, an author reading, a participative craft, or a cultural stage featuring literacy or a storytelling related performance, such as programming from the Acadian or First Nations communities.

Project Goals

The overarching goals of Reading Street are to promote reading and literacy as a fun, accessible priority for the whole family. Partner organizations / businesses should be venues that are easily accessible to families, and located in the Charlottetown or Summerside areas. The event should be free, and we encourage events in English, French, or even events that celebrate other cultures or languages— any event that targets family literacy.

How to Apply

The PEI Writers’ Guild will be accepting applications for their events until September 21st, and all events must take place in the month of October.
Visit us at www.peiwritersguild.com or email [email protected] for more information, or head straight to our application Google Form: Reading Street Application
The PEI Writers’ Guild can only accept projects that are based in Charlottetown or Summerside, which covers the branch footprint of the TD Bank Group.

Keep Gatherings Safe

With all applications, an operational plan must be submitted. Physical distancing, hand sanitizers and guidelines from the province of P.E.I. must be adhered to, in accordance with the Chief Health Public Officer. For an operational plan template, please visit: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/publication/covid-19-operational-plan-template

APPLY HERE: https://forms.gle/wLPJ69m42pKtuvgh8

 

 

A Call for Nominations: Champion of Reading Award

Champion of Reading Award
Sponsored by The Bookmark

This year, the PEI Writers’ Guild is accepting nominations for the Champion of Reading Award. This award recognizes an individual in the community who champions reading as being essential to the quality of our lives and to our ability to take our place on the world stage.

Nominations are being accepted until May 21st and the winner will be revealed during the Island Literary Awards taking place in the upcoming weeks. Previous winners of the Champion of Reading Award include Deirdre Kessler (2019), Barb Kissick (2018), Roseanne Gauthier (2017) and Jinny Greaves (2016). For more information and to submit your potential candidate, visit our Form Below:

Google Form: A Call for Nominations

Island Literary Awards & Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People Shortlist Announcements

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce the shortlist for both the Island Literary Awards, as well as the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. Island writers will be recognized during award galas, which will take place online in the weeks to come.During the Island Literary Awards, adults will be recognized for excellence in Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Literature for Children, Short Story, and Indigenous Writing.

Short-listed writers for adult categories are as follows:

The Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Literature for Children Award: Eric Leamont, Gretha Rose, Hannah Stiff, Ian Stretch, Jessica Mutch

Confederation Court Mall Merchants Association Poetry Award: Emily Browning, Emily Cann, Kelly Kieran Sampson, Megan Gallant, Nick vanOuwerkerk

Maritime Electric Short Story Award: Chris Wilson, Jennifer Platts-Fanning, Katie Mac

Creative Non-Fiction Award: Ivy Wigmore, Kelly Kieran Sampson, Mark Enman, Matthew Sherman, Samantha Desjardins Joyce

Acorn Press Marie Coyoteblanc Indigenous Writing Award: Michael Sima, Richard Pellissier-Lush

Réshard Gool Award for Creative Writing: Monika Stewart

Joseph Sherman Award: Dan & Marlene MacDonald

Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts of PEI: Rob MacLean & Melissa Mullen

Youth in Early Elementary, Late Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High will be honoured for their excellence in literary arts during the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People.

Short-listed writers for the youth categories are as follows:

Early Elementary: Ben Bowman

Late Elementary: Alyson Scott, Elle Flick, Juliette Martinez-Kydd, Lauren Elizabeth Graham, Sam Bowman

Junior High: Eleena Lunn, Jordan Dingwell, Khai Phan, Sheamus Herlihy, Vy Nguyen Tran

Senior High: Arielle Dunn, Marley Lucas, Megan Gallant

Champion of Reading Award
This year, the PEI Writers’ Guild is accepting nominations for the Champion of Reading Award. This award recognizes an individual in the community who champions reading as being essential to the quality of our lives and to our ability to take our place on the world stage.

Nominations are being accepted until May 21st and the winner will be revealed during the Island Literary Awards taking place in the upcoming weeks. Previous winners of the Champion of Reading Award include Deirdre Kessler (2019), Barb Kissick (2018), Roseanne Gauthier (2017) and Jinny Greaves (2016). For more information and to submit your potential candidate, visit – https://tinyurl.com/yaa2b24p

PEI Book Awards
Since 2006, the Prince Edward Island Book Awards have celebrated the best in books by Prince Edward Islanders. These awards are given in out every two years and, this year, they will hand out awards in four categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Children’s Literature. The PEI Book Awards will be handed out during the Island Literary Awards.

For over 30 years, the Island Literary Awards have recognized the best in Island writing by writers of all ages. Cash prizes are awarded to individuals who place first, second, and third in both the adult and young people’s awards categories. Many past award winners are now published authors.

Please follow the Island Literary Awards on Facebook (@IslandLiteraryAwards), on Twitter (@IslandLiterary) or visit peiwritersguild.com for more information.

The Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild (PEIWG) is a dynamic organization dedicated to promoting the growth and quality of literary arts on PEI.

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For more information:
Christian Gallant
[email protected]
Cell: (902) 439-0126

Battle Tales Update

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2020 BATTLE TALES V WINNER, RYAN GALLANT FOR HIS STORY, “MPV”, JUDGED BY PATTI LARSEN.

Listen to Ryan’s Story on the PEIWG YouTube channel here:  

Image: Ryan Gallan

Member Bio

Ryan Gallant is a multi-genre author and screenwriter from Charlottetown. He has one novel published Crimson Zero, contributed to two short story anthologies GIFt Horse and GIFt Horse Vol. 2: ReGIFted and is on the verge of publishing his second novel, a  sequel to his first , Die  Today,   Live Tomorrow.

Follow Ryan on TwitterInstagram, and on Facebook 

Did you submit to Battle Tales? If so, Judge Patti Larsen has a few encouraging words for you!

Thanks to all our brave writers for taking part in Battle Tales, 2020!

PEIWB Board of D’s

No Open Mic for April

In accordance with the PEI government’s guidance on the issue of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel April’s open mic. We will issue a further announcement for May’s and June’s as we approach their respective dates. We apologize for the inconvenience.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Thien Tang

Thien Tang will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, March 12th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Between 1979 and 1980, one million Vietnamese refugees escaped their war-torn country while 60,000 settled in Canada. Dubbed the ‘boat people’, nearly 70% of them died during their perilous journey. Thien Tang survived and documented his tale in his memoir The Other Side of the Sun: The True Story of One Refugee’s Journey, published by Pottersfield Press in 2018.

Like thousands of others in 1979, Tang fled Vietnam on a small, crowded boat in search of a new life. But first he had to cross the treacherous South China Sea to reach Malaysia.

At sea, Tang’s ship was attacked by pirates and shot at by police. On land, as an unwanted refugee in Malaysia, he and his fellow refugees were jailed, starved, and beaten, but survival only brought on tougher challenges. The Malaysian soldiers forced them at gunpoint back into their damaged boat to be towed to sea and left to die.

Tang originally planned to seek asylum in the United States but ultimately found the refuge he was seeking in Prince Edward Island, Canada where he lives today.

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, Thien will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

Framing Your Short Story: A Workshop for Youth

On Saturday, February 22nd,  a new PEIWG workshop called, Framing Your Short Story, will teach young writers (ages 8–13) how to frame a story, from the beginning to the end. Bestselling middle-grade author Jaime Lee Mann will walk students through her personal process of writing books, paying particular attention on the outline.

By the end of the day, students will have a ten-page short story outlined. This workshop is perfect for anyone thinking about submitting to the Island Literary Awards (deadline: Feb 28!), as it will help spark the initial idea and framework needed to guide the story. 

Topics include:

  • The hero’s journey
  • Obstacles standing in the hero’s way (internal vs external struggle)
  • Character sketches of the hero and the villain 
  • World building
  • Three-act process for outlining a story
  • The “Sticky note” outline

During the last 30 minutes of the workshop, students will engage in individual writing time. Jaime Lee will be available if anyone would like to share their writing or get help with a beginning, end, or plot problem.

The workshop will run on Saturday, February 22nd at the Haviland Club, from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Cost is $45; please bring pencils / pens and a notebook.

Register Here

About the Instructor

When Jaime Lee Mann was nine years old, she decided she would be an author when she grew up. Her first novel was Elora of Stone. JL (as her family calls her) lives in a pretty house in Prince Edward Island with her husband and two daughters. In addition to writing her own creative fiction, JL also co-owns a writing and editing business, called Manley Mann, where she writes books and things for other people. Now that the Legend of Rhyme series is complete, JL is working on a new series of books, this time, for a YA audience.

Battle Tales V: Battle Harder Rules&Regulations

PSST! The prompts for Battle Tales V: Battle Harder! have been released. You can find them here!

To the bards of our tiny, industrious island,

The holidays are over and now only the gloom of an eternal winter lies before us.  The gloaming is all about, the unkind cold envelops us…but wait.  There…in the distance…a dim light, growing brighter, a spark, a flame.  The creativity and imagination of countless writers are kicking at the darkness (thanks Bruce) and leading us to a brighter day.

We here at the PEI Writers’ Guild are always sad to see the holidays end. It makes us itchy. Really itchy. We itch for one thing, and one thing only. We itch to battle.

You know what this means, don’t you? It means it’s time once again for a brand new Battle Tales contest! And just what is Battle Tales, you ask? Why, it’s a week of literary gladiatorship, heroism, and probably a lot of nail-biting. More than anything, it’s a week in which we lock ourselves indoors and rattle out the finest fiction this island has ever produced.

Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll issue three writing prompts at 12:01 am, Sunday, January 19th on Facebook, Twitter, and on our website (www.peiwritersguild.com).
  • The prompts will detail a few items your short story must be based on—perhaps a floor speckled in dried-out Christmas-tree needles, or a hernia caused by hefting decorations down to the basement. Maybe a brown Christmas tree at the end of a driveway, or perhaps a New Year’s resolution you just couldn’t keep. Whatever the prompts may be, they need to form the basis of your story. (Thanks Keith)
  • Then it’s off to the literary races. Your wonderful and exciting stories can be submitted online via this button:
  • (Be sure to click the Battle Tales V: Battle Harder category when presented with the submissions menu.)submit
  • Anything received by 11:59 pm on Saturday, January 25th will be accepted. We’re looking for stories under 2500 words, written by residents of Prince Edward Island.
  • You don’t need to be a member of the PEI Writers’ Guild to enter, but we sure would love to have you.

At the end of the battle, we will look over the fields, collecting the works of our valiant scribes and will with all haste dispatch them to our fair, impartial and spiky haired judge, the fabulous Patti Larsen.  While feasting on grapes and olives and being fanned by palm leaves plucked from trees from only the most exotic locations, our judge will determine our victor.

Please refrain from putting your name on the story you submit. Enter it only during the submission process, along with any relevant contact information in case we need to reach you. Everything is kept strictly anonymous, 100% incognito, purely hush-hush.

“What’s in it for me?” you’re wondering. The short answer is this: local celebrity and a mighty dollop of personal pride! But wait, there’s more. The winner of the contest will receive our highly-coveted Battle Tales trophy, a year’s free membership with the PEIWG, and will be featured online and in The Squall newsletter. You’ll also get a full year’s bragging rights to all your pals, and you can even use the fact you won as an ice breaker at parties.

The winner will be announced during the PEI Writers’ Guild Winter Writing Social at Upstreet Craft Brewery on Alan Street in Charlottetown. Time and date to be announced soon!

We can’t wait to see what you’ll create.

Details:

Contest begins: 12:01 am, Sunday, January 19th
Contest ends: 11:59 pm on Saturday, January 25th
Max length: 2500 words