Due to the ongoing recovery efforts following Hurricane Fiona and the fact that so many Islanders are still without electricity and other essential utilities, the PEI Writers' Guild has decided to postpone our AGM previously scheduled for Saturday, October 1st at the Charlottetown Library Learning Centre.
Although we're excited to share everything that has been happening with our organization this year and our direction moving forward, given these unforeseen circumstances we'd like to keep all of our collective energy and focus directed towards the many Islanders who so need it right now.
Over the coming weeks we'll be working behind the scenes on deciding when will be appropriate for the rescheduling of our AGM, so please keep an eye out for that in your inbox, on our website, and across our social media platforms because we'd love for you to join us. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
Wishing you and yours all the best during these challenging times.
PEI Writers' Guild
Our beloved Wild Threads Literary Festival IS BACK!
We are so incredibly proud to announce that the Wild Threads Literary Festival is returning with its 3rd edition, presenting four days of signature events, workshops, write-ins, open mics, and even the addition of Brunchy Sunday Readings (featuring local band Inn Echo).
Among some of the featured artists coming to the Island this year will be Canadian icon Peter Mansbridge, CBC’s The Debaters host Steve Patterson, and award winning writers Fareh Malik & Rebecca Thomas (among many others!). This year's Wild Threads Literary Festival will be scattered throughout the Charlottetown area and will be offering workshops and events to local writers and literary fans from September 15-18th.
As a special "welcome back!" to the festival, on Thursday, September 15th, everyone is welcome to the Wild Threads Literary Festival’s opening reception — a chance to mingle with the artistic team and presenters! Immediately following this, Wild Threads is proud to present an In-Conversation with Peter Mansbridge, hosted by PEI’s own CBC television darling, Louise Martin. This event is brought to you by Simon & Schuster and PEI’s well-loved independent bookstore The Bookmark. This event will be FREE for the public to enjoy!
On Friday, September 16th, our featured event will in celebration of the immense talent of Black writers on the Island with the presentation of the Black Voices Writers’ Circle at the new Charlottetown Library Learning Centre. Through R&B, Hip-Hop, poetry and storytelling, this experience aims to highlight the many ways in which Black writers express themselves within their own community and the world while celebrating their artistic and literary genius. This event will be showcasing poet Eberechi Okwuwolu, musical guest stars the Umbrella Collective, local hip-hop star Vince The Messenger, and R&B powerhouse singer Kierrah.
Saturday, September 17th at Wild Threads is dedicated to comedy writing! This day will host events such as a Fireside Chat between CBC’s The Debaters’ host Steve Patterson and local author & comedian Patrick Ledwell about Patterson's most recent book Dad Up! Long-Time Comedian. First Time Father. Saturday's festivities will also feature a comedy show that same evening hosted by the PEI Writer's Guild's own Executive Director Shawn Hogan, a guest appearance by This Hour Has 22 Minutes writer Meg MacKay, with additional performances from Patrick Ledwell and headlined by Steve Patterson.
Workshops during the weekend will include publishing powerhouse Lesley Choyce of Pottersfield Press, who will give an address “Creating Memorable Characters”, and Genevieve Loughlin of Pownal Street Press, who will speak on “Bringing Your Book to Market”. A third option for workshops will include PEI’s own fisherman and writer Chris Bailey, who will discuss process and production in poetry, whether your medium is the city or the sea. The PEI Writers’ Guild is also happy to host two Write-In events, for writers who are looking to meet others and to commune with their works-in-progress. The first will take place on the Thursday and the second will take place on the Friday, both happening at the beautiful Gallery Cafe & Bistro in Charlottetown.
Sunday’s events will close with a “Brunchy Sunday Readings, featuring Palestinian poet Fareh Malik, Nova Scotia’s brilliant indigenous writer, Rebecca Thomas and musical guests Inn Echo. Writers and creators are then invited to sign-up for the Wild Threads Open Mic, hosted by founder and longtime member of the PEI Writers’ Guild, Laurie Brinklow.
The Wild Threads Festival is presented by The PEI Writers’ Guild and funded in part by Innovation PEI as well as the PEI Events Innovation Fund. “We’re very pleased to have a lot more publishers on board this year,” says Artistic Director, Mo Duffy Cobb, “Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Mawenzi House, Nimbus Publishing and Pownal Street Press.” Special thanks to the PEIWG’s Wild Threads Steering Committee and PEI’s independent bookstore, the Bookmark.
For more information on Wild Threads Literary Festival, and for tickets to events, please visit the Wild Threads Literary Festival website (www.wildthreadsliteraryfestival.com), the PEI Writers’ Guild website (peiwritersguild.com), or find us on Facebook.
BATTLE TALES VII...
THE PROMPTS ARE HERE!
Are you ready?
We can’t hear you!
We SAID - Are… You… READY!!?
Yes, it’s that time of year again, folks!
All ye Battlers, gather your skill, sharpen your wit and bring your “A” (and E, I, O, U and sometimes Y) game, because the seventh annual Battle Tales has arrived!
Your THREE prompts for Battle Tales VII: Battle…With A Vengeance ARE:
The gnashing of teeth
A gleaming blade
A dark tower looming in the distance
Our second pandemic winter is almost over, and with it comes the (hopefully) last stand of a desperate virus cornered by the miracle of modern science and the resilience of humanity in the face of great odds. By summer beach season, many will be vaxxed, waxed and ready to relax, but before we see sunnier and better days, the bitter chill of winter must be warmed by the heat of glorious battle…
In the span of 2,500 words or fewer, we humbly ask for your best and brightest short fiction to entertain and enlighten. Wow our illustrious judge with adventurous tales of derring-do, or scandalous stories of murder most fowl – maybe the chicken did it! Now he’s gonna FRY!
Whatever creative choices you choose to employ, your story MUST incorporate all three prompts listed above. Beyond that? The breadth of your fictional world is yours to explore and conquer, limited only by your imagination!
Use the prompts as your opening lines, or as the seeds of a greater mystery afoot, or as pivotal plot points – creatively or passively, the choice is yours and yours alone!
And now, dear Battlers, the stage is set, the stakes have been raised, and the clarion call has been sent out to one and all. But before Battle commences, heed the rules so a fair fight may ensue:
No names on entries (judging is blind!)
You MUST be a resident of Prince Edward Island to enter, and we’re looking for stories under 2,500 words
Anything received by 11:59 pm on Saturday, February 26th will be accepted
And that’s it! So without further ado…
LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!!
***TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY, PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING LINK***
Annual General Meeting October 2nd, 3:00-4:30 pm at Beaconsfield Carriage House (2 Kent St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 1M6)
It’s time again for the PEI Writers' Guild AGM, and you're invited! This year's AGM is happening Saturday, October 2nd at Beaconsfield Carriage House. Thank you to Battle Tales Winner and UPEI professor Don Dessurud for chairing our meeting this year in 2021.
Things certainly have changed this year, but behind the scenes, the PEIWG has been busy. Items on the agenda include the President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, the Island Literary Awards, election of the new board of directors, and discussion of priorities and initiatives for the upcoming year. As well, this is the perfect opportunity for members to offer feedback on the year that was.
In keeping with the CPHO's provincial guidance, we have booked the Carriage House, where we can safely social distance. Even though the meeting is free to attend, we ask you to reserve your spot in advance: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/pei-writers-guild-annual-general-meeting-tickets-175508409377
Please take the time to review our attachments below:
Treasurer's Reports (Emma Fugate)
Are you interested in volunteering with a dynamic literary arts organization? We are always in need of new board members with special skills. Here are a few positions open, or committees looking for help.
If you or someone you know is a good fit for our organization, shoot us an email at email@example.com, get in touch with us on Facebook, or come on down to the meeting and introduce yourself: Register for Meeting
Not a member? Don't worry. The AGM is open to everyone, and PEIWG memberships can be purchased on the spot. Come alone or come with friends and help us plan our next year. Interested in our new Writer-for-Hire stream or looking to renew your membership? Read more here: https://www.peiwritersguild.com/membership/
We can't wait to see you.
–The PEI Writers' Guild
SUMMARY—In Honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, June 21st, the PEI Writers’ Guild is hosting an #OwnVoices Virtual Open Mic: A Celebration of Diverse Storytelling
For Immediate Release.
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE)— When the PEI Writers’ Guild spearheaded a special Diversity, Inclusion & Equity committee to promote diversity and inclusion in the literary landscape last year, they knew they had a lot of work to do. Although the group has celebrated wins in 2021 like kickstarting two new Island Literary Awards (Scott Parsons Award, in partnership with the Black Cultural Society and the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada Award), running a journalling workshop for immigrants to Canada and creating an open membership and bursary program for underrepresented voices on PEI, the group now realizes that they are just getting started.
Mi’kmaq Poet Laureate and PEI Writers’ Guild D/I/E Committee member Julie Pellissier-Lush notes, “I am discovering so many indigenous writers in my community, although many of them are too shy to be labeled as such,” she says. The idea of an online open mic for Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC) participants reading their own work is a simple first step to introducing these creatives to each other, and invite participants together barrier-free.
“#OwnVoices is a term coined by writer Corrine Duyvis, and refers to an author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences from their own perspective—and there is much strength in that,” Executive Director and D/I/E Committee member, Mo Duffy Cobb, explains, “We want to encourage everyone even young writers to participate.”
On Wednesday, June 16th, from 7:00pm–8:30pm, Islanders will be joined by Julie Pellissier-Lush and fiction writer and PEI Writers’ Guild board member, Elizabeth Iwunwa as co-hosts. Ten BIPOC readers who register via our Google Form will have five minutes to read their work aloud, in any genre of their choosing: nonfiction, fiction, or poetry, and all are able to join the zoom to show their support.
Let the PEI Writers’ Guild help you find your #OwnVoice.
To register for the event either as a participant or audience member,
please visit our Google form:
Contact InformationMo Duffy CobbExecutive Director, PEI Writers’ Guild
Christine Gordon Manley
President, PEI Writers’ Guild
About the PEI Writers’ Guild
The PEI Writers’ Guild exists to promote a thriving and inclusive writing community on PEI. Its mission is to inspire, support, and encourage established, emerging, and potential writers to find their voice, improve their craft, and experience success in their writing lives.
In the rapidly changing landscape of independent publishing, it is critical to understand the best routes to marketing, branding and advertising your work, and this can be a daunting experience!
Join best-selling author Patti Larsen to sort through the multitude of information and distill it down into a format you can understand.
Demystify the process with this one-hour "Introduction to Marketing" webinar where you will learn the the lingo around various platforms, and how to take advantage of different marketing opportunities. Clear a path to promoting your literary works as effectively as possible.
"Indie authors are famous for getting creative in their marketing and branding components," says PEI Writers' Guild President, Christine Gordon Manley, "and with over a hundred books published, the Island's own Patti Larsen is one of the best!"
The workshop will run on Wednesday, June 23rd as a Zoom webinar, from 6:30pm until 7:30pm. Cost is $30 for Non-members and $25 for PEIWG Members. After registration, participants will be emailed the links.
Patti Larsen is an international, multiple award-winning and best-selling author with a passion for the voices in her head. Now with over 150 titles in happy publication, she lives in beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she plays with her improv troupe, Side Hustle and her plethora of pets. You can find her at https://pattilarsen.com/homeor on Facebook at https://facebook.com/pattilarsenauthor
Island Literary Awards & Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People Shortlist Announcements
Charlottetown, PE – May 2, 2021 - 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 at the Trailside Music Hall on Sunday, May 30.
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) while the Island Literary Awards will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.).
During the Island Literary Awards, adults will be recognized for excellence in Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Literature for Children, Short Story, and Indigenous Writing. In addition, two brand new categories will be awarded (Prince Edward Island Association for Newcomers to Canada Award and The Scott Parsons Literary Award), as well as the Champion of Reading community award, the Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts of PEI award, and the Joseph Sherman award.
Short-listed writers for adult categories are as follows:
The Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Literature for Children Awards: Amanda Morrison, Joseph Simmonds, and Kara Griffin
Richard Lemm and Lee Ellen Pottie Poetry Awards: Alyssa Gillespie, Charity Becker, Emily N Cann, Rose Henbest, and Weiqi Tang
Maritime Electric Short Story Awards: Jordan Ramsay, Mary Hayden, Ryan Gallant, and Sharon Lucy Robson
Honibe Creative Non-Fiction Awards: Anne McCallum, Erin Evans, and Jenna Gaudet
Acorn Press Marie Coyoteblanc Indigenous Writing Award: Michael Sima and Novalea MacKinnon
Prince Edward Island Association for Newcomers to Canada Award: Peng Shen and Wei Chen
Black Cultural Society of PEI Scott Parsons Literary Award - Deborah Langston
Réshard Gool Award for Creative Writing – Carter Smith
Joseph Sherman Award – Frances Ann Squire
Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts of PEI – Mo Duffy Cobb
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, Danielle Manley, Irvin Rubirya, Marwa Basit, and Zoe Hernandez Balderas
Late Elementary: Isabella Hill, Mary Nishimura, Regina Zhang, Sam Bowman, and Tyson Wilson
Junior High: Adia Laureijs, Charlotte Macnutt-Lawson, Jordan Dingwell, Sadie MacNeill, and Sheamus Herlihy
Senior High: Arielle Dunn, Grace Lee, and Seth Dockendorff
For over 30 years, the Island Literary Awards have recognized talented Island 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.
About the PEI Writers’ Guild
The PEI Writer's Guild exists to create a thriving, inclusive writing community, right here on PEI. Its mission is to promote writing on Prince Edward Island and to inspire, support, and encourage established, emerging, and potential writers to find their voice, improve their craft, and experience success in their writing.
The PEI Writers' Guild has resurrected the Open Mic! Sure, we may not be in front of the bricks at Receiver, the grace of the Haviland or with the sun on our faces like at Wild Threads, but we will be together again - safely - apart.
In partnership with the PEI Libraries and hosted by the incomparable Tanya Nicolle, ten readers have signed up to bring their voices possibly to a choral of spring, or perhaps some pandemic slush!
The Poetry Month Open Mic will take place on Tuesday, April 27th from 6-7 pm. For a free virtual ticket, please email Ray MacLeod from PEI Libraries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Champion of Reading Award is back at the Island Literary Awards this season!
This Island Literary Award, sponsored by Bookmark PEI, 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.
We put this award out annually to you - the community - to nominate the individuals that you feel are deserving of the award. You will be asked to submit your nomination via a short video (under 1 minute) indicating who you are nominating and why.
Nominations will be collected until April 30th. Our winner will be announced at our Island Literary Awards taking place in the upcoming weeks.
Previous winners of the Champion of Reading Award are:
Gillian Mahen (2020)
Deirdre Kessler (2019)
Barb Kissick (2018)
Roseanne Gauthier (2017)
Jinny Greaves (2016)
NOMINATE YOUR CHAMPION OF READING HERE
The PEI Writers' Guild is proud to present "Comedic Storytelling," a three part workshop on Tuesdays in February. Whether you're considering dipping your toe into stand up comedy, prepping for your next fringe show, or you just want to tell better stories at parties, Heather Jordan Ross (BBC Radio 4, OutTV) is here to help you talk funny.
Over the course of three online classes, you'll be introduced to joke structure, performance technique, and story-shaping. Along with field notes on best practise, you'll workshop your way from landing a joke to crafting a great story.
Think you've got something funny to say? Ready to take your skills to the next level? Then what are you waiting for? Heather Jordan Ross is here to help.
To Register: https://peiwritersguild.wildapricot.org/event-4113101
The workshop will run on Tuesdays, Feb 2nd, 9th and 16th from 6:30-8:30pm. Cost is $40 for PEI Writers' Guild members and $50 for non-members. Once you are registered, you will receive an email link on how to join the workshop via Zoom.
About Heather Jordan Ross
Heather Jordan Ross is an Island writer and comedian whose personal, acerbic storytelling has been featured on OutTV, CBC's the Doc Project, and BBC Radio 4. Producing and performing comedy from coast to coast and throughout Scotland, the Stand has described her as “very refreshing” and “extremely relatable." Before COVID19 struck, she was meant to do her first Edinburgh Fringe run in 2020. She has a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from University of King's College and a Masters in Screenwriting (Distinction) from Screen Academy Scotland.
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