“Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy” – Book Launch!

A new book detailing the remarkable life and legacy of P.E.I. entrepreneur Owen Connolly will be launched at the UPEI Development and Alumni offices at 618 University Avenue from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 18.

You may know Connolly as the iconic bust on top of the Churchill Arms building on Charlottetown’s Queen Street. In Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy, author Leonard Cusack relates the rags-to-riches story of this Irish immigrant, who emerged to become one of P.E.I.’s wealthiest merchants.

When Connolly died in 1887, he left almost his entire fortune to support the post-secondary education of Irish Roman Catholic Islanders. His estate has since distributed close to $3 million in bursaries.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. The book is published by the Estate of Owen Connolly and Island Studies Press.

UPEI Creative Writing Master Class Showcase

A favourite event among Island writers and literature lovers, the annual public reading by UPEI’s Creative Writing Master Class, will take place on Monday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building.

The reading will showcase emerging and seasoned writers: Colleen MacQuarrie, Louise Burley, Kandace Hagen, Lorraine Clements, Michelle Barton, Hailey Hennessey, Allysha Leuschen, Rose Henbest, Morgan Sewell, Lorraine Rumson, Elaine Graham, and Victoria Jewells.

Several writers will read from their memoirs: about growing up in a boarding house in downtown Charlottetown; witnessing decades of transformations in an eastern PEI rural community; coming of age on a Saskatchewan farm amidst the richness of the Prairie landscape; being the parent of a transgendered child; dealing with physical disabilities and corrective surgery.

Fiction writers and poets will give us glimpses of: a passionate affair between a puritanical man and a sensual woman; a friendship between a young prince and a stable boy in a Medieval kingdom; the challenges of gender identity, sexuality, and amorous relationships in the 21st century; the blessings and tribulations of childhood and parenting; the vortex of substance abuse and rehabilitation; the spectrum of longings, sorrows, revelations, and joys that rainbows our lives.    

The reading is sponsored by the UPEI English Department. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Memoir Writing: a Workshop

Have you ever thought about writing a memoir? The PEI Writers’ Guild is sponsoring a workshop on this very topic to help you get started. A memoir can focus on many different things: your career, your amazing life experiences, your family history, or crazy adventures in your misspent youth.

This all-day workshop will be led by three Island authors

who have each written their own very different style of memoirs. Dianne Morrow, Roger Gordon, and Bruce McCallum are coming together at the Haviland Club on November 18 at 9:30 AM to bring you the workshop you need to get started with writing a memoir of your own. You can sign up online, or get in touch with us if you have any questions, or if you’d like to sign up in person.

Registration is open, but seating is limited. Don’t wait to sign up! We hope to see you there.

Saskatchewan Writers/Artists Winter Retreat

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild will be holding a Winter Retreat at St Peter’s Abbey February 3-24, 2017, for established and practicing writers and artists who are able to work independently. This community retreat offered for writers and artists from Saskatchewan and other parts of Canada, and around the world, takes place in Muenster, SK at the picturesque St. Peter’s Abbey.

These retreats are not teaching situations, but places where established and practicing writers and artists are expected to work independently.

To apply online please visit: http://www.skwriter.com/sk-writers-artists-retreats/retreat-application-form.

For more information, or to submit completed application forms please contact the SWG

Email:  swgpr@skwriter.com
Phone: 306-791-7740
Mail: Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Box 3986, Regina, SK, S4P 3R9

Open Mic at Confederation Centre Public Library Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m.

Want to read your poetry or prose in a public venue? Join our open mic, and share your love of poetry and prose by reading before a live audience, meet other writers in your area, and find out about your local writing community. Not interested in speaking? Feel free to come along and listen. Please keep speaking time to five minutes. Sign up from 6:30 or telephone or email the library.

Euphoria with Patti Larsen – Cancelled!

Sorry folks, but due to unforeseen circumstances, Euphoria, originally scheduled for November 1st at the Haviland Club, has been cancelled.

Join Patti Larsen on November 1st from 6-8PM at the Haviland Club for the next Euphoria!

She’ll be speaking about her last year traveling to conventions abroad and working on a multimedia project as well as discussing a new publishing retreat program she has in the works.

It’s going to be a fun, interactive night of wine, snacks and conversation sure to inspire!

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series featuring Lee Ellen Pottie

Lee Ellen Pottie will be the featured readers at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, November 9 at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond Street 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 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy Receiver’s delicious offerings, Lee Ellen will read.

Lee Ellen Pottie is a self-employed coordinator of many things, editor, writer, and reviewer, occasional professor at Misr International University in Cairo, and an amateur photographer and painter. She is completing a poetry manuscript about Vincent Van Gogh, based on his letters and art, and her research. Eight of these poems will be published by Alfred Gustav Press in 2018 in a chapbook called worthless. Lee Ellen has published poetry in the Windsor Review and the anthology Snow Softly Falling: Holiday Stories from Prince Edward Island, and forthcoming in Canada: 150 Years of Poetry. Saturday Morning Chapbooks published her chapbook called From Pushthrough to Madagascar. This October, she was a participant in the Poetry Workshop at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Lee Ellen holds an Honours BA in English from UPEI (1999) and an MA in English and Creative Writing from U. Windsor (2000). She lives in PEI with her husband, Richard Lemm, and their dog, Théo, named for Vincent’s brother.

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

Unpacked: from PEI to Palawan – a Talk

Islander, Mo Duffy Cobb has written a book detailing how world travel helped her and her family deal with personal grief.  Cobb will be talking about the family’s experiences as chronicled in her book, Unpacked: from PEI to Palawan Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m. at Confederation Centre Public Library.

Unpacked From PEI to Palawan“I hadn’t always been lost, but Prince Edward Island had suddenly become too small for my grief. My grief needed the whole world. It needed isolation. It needed inspiration. It needed something to change, something to be released. It needed an answer.”

In 2008, Maureen and Mitch Cobb took drastic action in the wake of the stillbirth death of their second child, Tya. They packed up two-year-old Leila and set out on a journey through Southeast Asia, a trip of courage, love, and, ultimately, redemption. They left their small town in the Maritimes to fill the silence of their grief with the noisy spice markets of Bali, the crashing waves of the Philippines, and the golden surrenders of Borneo’s hot sun. Through twelve countries and nine months, in the chaos of difficult travel plans and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, this young family begins to find acceptance in the humanity that surrounds them, the inspiration in each other to continue, and the courage to come back from their complicated grief.

Unpacked is the inspiring story of a mother in search of herself, a husband and wife fighting for a marriage, a young daughter who rises from confusion, and the scenes and revelations that bring Mo out of her paralyzing grief and into the perspective of a new world.