Juxtapose: A Summer Workshop with Isabel Huggan

Note: sign up here for this new workshop from Isabel Huggan!

After a wonderfully successful workshop last summer, Isabel Huggan is returning to PEI to run a new two-day workshop for the PEI Writers’ Guild: Juxtapose!Isabel Huggan

This workshop, featuring methods of juxtaposition, is suitable for writers of fiction, nonfiction (especially memoir) and poetry.

Isabel has arranged her exercises in such a way that participants can end on Saturday with a first draft, and a real sense of accomplishment. For those wishing to go further toward improving that initial piece of writing – through the process of positive criticism, group reaction, and opportunity to revise during the workshop, the half-day period on Sunday will allow time for sharing the first draft and beginning the next level of revision.

That’s one or, optionally, two days of creative writing with Isabel Huggan and a room of energetic, keen and very creative writers. We hope to see you there!

Click here for more information and to register!

Where: Haviland Club (2 Haviland St, Charlottetown, PE)
When: August 12 and 13th. 


PEI Writers’ Guild AGM for 2017

Where: The private room at Piatto, 45 Queen St, Charlottetown, PE
When: Saturday June 17, 1pm.

PEIWGLogoFinal(1)It’s time again for the PEI Writers’ Guild AGM. It will take place at Piatto Pizzeria, 45 Queen Street, on Saturday, June 17th at 1pm. Items on the agenda include the President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, and discussion of priorities and initiatives for the upcoming year.

Are you interested in volunteering for the PEIWG board of directors? Do you know someone you’d like to nominate for a position? We’ll be electing board members for the 2017-2018 year, and we’re excited to include new individuals who are keen to help serve the writing community of Prince Edward Island.

The AGM is open to everyone, and PEIWG memberships will be available for purchase. Come alone or come with friends, stay for lunch and help us plan our next year. Appetizers will be provided, and attendees are welcome to sign up for readings following the meeting.

You may find a copy of the agenda and minutes from the 2016 AGM here:

AGM 2017 Agenda

PEIWG AGM 2016 Minutes

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Dianne Hicks Morrow


Dianne Hicks Morrow will read at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co. in Charlottetown. After hosting the Open Mics when she served as PEI poet laureate, Hicks Morrow is now delighted to be a featured reader.

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, Dianne will read.

Dianne’s award-winning poetry appears in two collections published by Acorn Press Canada: Long Reach Home and What Really Happened Is This: A Poetry Memoir. The latter won the 2012 PEI Book Award for poetry.

Her non-fiction books include Kindred Spirits: Relationships That Spark the Soul and Fixing Up the Farmhouse: Forty Years of Living, Loving, and Lamenting, both published by Acorn Press. She also teaches two writing courses at seniors’ college and has enjoyed giving readings and workshops across Canada, and in Mexico and Australia.

The Open Mic Series is going on hiatus for the summer, but don’t worry. We’ll be back in September, full of exciting new writing to share with you.

Happy writing!

30th Cox and Palmer Island Literary Awards – Reminder

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The P.E.I. Writers’ Guild is thrilled to celebrate the 30th Cox and Palmer Island Literary Awards on Saturday, May 6, from 7-10 p.m. Prize winners will be revealed during the gala ceremony at The Mack theatre in Charlottetown (128 Great George St, Charlottetown).

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


Follow the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards on Facebook @IslandLiteraryAwards.

Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People – Reminder

Rotary Club LogoJust a reminder that 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.

The awards ceremony is taking place Saturday, April 29. This year’s gala will run from 1:30-3 p.m. at Studio One, Confederation Centre of the Arts (145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown) and will be hosted by Deirdre Kessler, Poet Laureate of P.E.I.

See you there!

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Sharon McKay


Sharon McKay will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, May 4 at 7 pm at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond Street in Charlottetown. (Please note, this is one week earlier in the month than normally scheduled so it can be included in the annual Reading Town week).

Montreal-born author Sharon E. McKay, young adult writer and Canadian War Artist (CFA-vet, Afghanistan, ’09 & ’13) is known for her novels Charlie Wilcox and Thunder Over Kandahar, and more recently, End of the Line and Prison Boy, both winners of the Atlantic Book Awards. In the past, Sharon has been a television host and newspaper and national magazine columnist. Sharon is now working on a screenplay, ThunderbirdTV, and a new book called Once Upon a Syrian Night. Sharon lives on the Island with her husband David MacLeod, son of retired principal Angus (Gus) MacLeod.

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, Sharon will read.

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

Second Annual PEI Authors and Illustrators Festival

Authors Festival Poster 2Are you an author, illustrator, or otherwise involved in creating books? Well, the Authors and Illustrators Festival may interest you! Come join your fellow writers and artists for a celebration of Island books on Saturday, April 29, at the Murphy Centre in Charlottetown.

The festival runs from 10am-5pm, and registration is $10 for a full table (though half tables and sharing are welcome).

For more information, please contact Victoria Goddard at (902) 877-1422 or victoria@victoriagoddard.ca.

Don’t forget to check out the other awesome events Reading Town PEI is putting on during reading week!

Call For Applications: PEI-Tasmania Writer-in-Residence-Exchange


This year, a PEI writer will be selected by the Tasmania Writers’ Centre to serve as the PEI Writer-in-Residence in Tasmania. The residency is co-sponsored by: the Tasmania Writers’ Centre; the University of Tasmania; and the UPEI Faculty of Arts, Department of English, and Institute of Island Studies.

Details on the position and how to apply, can be found here:  PEI – Tasmania Writer-in-Residence-Exchange.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Poetry Month!

deirdre-open-micIn celebration of National Poetry Month, the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild welcomes writers to share their best poems at the April open mic. Poet Laureate Deirdre Kessler will host the event, which takes place Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., Charlottetown.

Kessler is the author of over two-dozen books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including Mother Country, a memoir; Afternoon Horses, poetry; and 17 books for young people, including Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice award-winning Brupp Rides Again and Lobster in My Pocket. During the evening, Kessler plans to read two poems about Softy, a Shetland-Welsh pony.

The evening will also feature four poets from UPEI:

• Angela Deighan works at the University of Prince Edward Island and has taken several creative writing courses. She enjoys writing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. She sees both her life and writing as a series of FrankenSTANZAS that she hopes one day to string together shouting “It’s alive” in the form of a memoir or short novella. Her ultimate life goal is to become the next Tina Fey.

• Kandace Hagen is a gay single mom and perpetual student, who has only recently become brazen enough to refer to herself as a writer. She has been using poetry and prose as tools to explore themes of empowerment and abuse within queer sexuality.

• Andrew MacIsaac divides his creative life between East Point and the capital. Oppressive shyness has been kind to him. As a young lad, while other children played, Andrew could only dream of participating. This secured an approach to living rooted in artful observation. His literary aspirations include remaining upright on the precarious beam that separates — or connects — poetry and lyric, as well as opening a Maritime chapter of the Pale Poets Society.

• Angie MacLaren grew up in eastern P.E.I. She lives in Charlottetown and keeps busy working full time as a family doctor while raising three children with her husband, Peter.

All are welcome to this free event. Writers may sign up to read their poetry for three to five minutes. There will be a short break mid-evening to enjoy some of the Receiver’s delicious offerings.

The May open mic will take place on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m., to coincide with Reading Town P.E.I.’s Reading Week activities.