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

Battle Tales V: Battle Harder is a short story contest that will run January 19th at 12:01 am until January 26th at 11:59 pm.

Brought to you by the PEI Writers’ Guild, Battle Tales gives participants three writing prompts and one week to write a story for the chance to win all the glory this frantic, low-stakes contest has to offer.

Battle Tales is free to enter and submissions must be previously unpublished work, but after that, let your imaginations run wild!

Moreover, speaking of wild imaginations, this year’s judge will be author Patti Larsen who will be sharing some writing tips on the website.  Patti is an international, multiple-award-winning independent author of all things fiction with over a hundred titles in happy publication.  The winner will be featured on and in their newsletter, will receive a year’s membership to the PEIWG and will lay claim to the much-coveted Battle Tales trophy.  Oh, there is also a knighting ceremony.

Stay tuned to more information on how to enter, updates and encouragement and most importantly, the battle prompts at

The Magic of Story: A Workshop with Julie Pellissier-Lush

On Saturday, January 25th,  a new PEIWG workshop called, The Magic of Storytelling, explores the rich heritage of oral tradition.

Led by Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island and author Julie Pellissier-Lushthis day-long event will be a time of sharing, learning, and understanding the value of the written word and the spoken word.

“Storytelling is a way to teach and share information,” says Pellissier-Lush. “People will take what they need from the story to help them move forward on their journey.”

The Magic of Storytelling will give people an introduction to storytelling and writing skills to help them share their experiences better with others.

Are you a storyteller? Julie will begin with telling you some of her favourite stories, and then wants to hear one of yours. “Each participant will pick one of their favourite stories and write it down as they remember it,” Pellissier-Lush notes, as well as “take certain parts of a story, weave the magic into it, and share it back.” 

“We are all keepers of our stories, and we all have the ability to share them with love and passion. This workshop may help people start writing down their own stories more, with a new understanding of how important they are, and to present their stories with a new confidence,” Julie adds. 

The workshop will run on Saturday, January 25th, at the Haviland Club, from 9:00am until 4:00pm, with one hour for lunch. Cost is $50 for Guild members and $60 for non-members. To register, please visit:

Julie Pellissier-Lush is an actress and bestselling author of ‘My Mi’kmaq Mother’. She writes, acts, and does photography to preserve the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq culture for future generations. Julie wrote the poems for the play Mi’kmaq Legends in 2010, which were showcased on the beautiful Charlottetown waterfront, and was performed over 100 times. Last year, Julie became the first indigenous Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island.  Julie lives in PEI with her husband Rick, her five children, and her granddaughter Miah.


New Workshop Series!

Crossing Over: Screenwriting 101

On November 23, the PEI Writers’ Guild will host a screenwriting workshop, the first of a new “Crossing Over” series the Guild is hosting this year. Entitled “Screenwriting 101,” the workshop will be facilitated by Louise Lalonde of Louise Lalonde Productions, a Prince Edward Island media company. Future workshops will consist of crossing over from prose to playwriting, and from poetry to song.

In Screenwriting 101, Lalonde will guide participants through the screenwriting process, from creating a draft to making it ready for market. Participants will learn the difference between novel writing and writing a screenplay; the criteria used to ensure an idea is strong enough to carry a whole movie, series, mini-series, short film or feature film; how to tell a visual, emotional, and surprising story for screens; an overview on various screenwriting programs and their functions; and the use of dialogue for exposition.

Participants will also learn about funding opportunities for screenwriters, something Lalonde knows all too well as a familiar face at FilmPEI.

Louise Lalonde is the program coordinator of the popular PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, an annual series of workshops for emerging screenwriters since 2008. She has served on the Island Media Arts Co-op, Women in Film and Television—Atlantic, and the PEI Council of the Arts committees. She is also the president of  the Charlottetown Film Society. She has written and directed several short films: Looking for Mr. RightHole in My HeartC J Superstar, and, most recently, The Appointment/Le Rendez-vous.

The workshop will run from 9:00am until 4:00pm at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown. Cost is $85 for Guild members and $95 for non-members.

Register here!

Happy writing!

~ PEI Writers Guild

Wild Threads Writing Symposium


Wild Threads Writing Symposium  is a four-day creative writing conference taking place in historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, August 22nd to 25th, 2019. 

Hosted by the PEI Writers’ Guild, this experiential symposium features prominent Canadian writing faculty in four genres:  George Elliott Clarke, Anne Simpson, Pauline Dakin, Julie Pelisser-Lush, Richard Lemm & Laurie Brinklow, Sharon McKay, and Patti Larsen (with Carly Martin). 

Feature Workshops

  • Conquering the first chapter of your novel
  • Applying the tools of fiction to your memoir or biography
  • Using audio to promote your writing; podcasting in the digital age
  • How does the story speak? Considering dialogue
  • Historical premise in poetry and essay
  • Radical writing as an agent for change
  • Genre bending: Using music as a poetic tool
  • Storytelling, performance and building connection with the audience
  • A Walk on the Edge: Writing and the Power of Place

           Feature Panels

  • Publishing panel: advice about Canadian trends, market conditions, and common practices.
  • Love vs. marketability: How editorial decisions are made
  • What literary agents look for in works, what they look for in authors
  • Mini-pitch session with literary agent Hilary McMahon
  • From Yes to Press: Author contracts & reading the fine print
  • Self-publishing: Being your own boss

Whether you are a professional working in a literary field, an emerging Canadian author or a first-time creative writer,Wild Threads is the place and space to explore the more that’s out there for you on the page.

To Register for this workshop, please follow links:
Cost is (Members) $325, (NonMembers) $375,  (Students & Seniors) $325


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32nd Annual Island Literary Awards Shortlist Announcement

Shortlist Announcements

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce the shortlist for both the Cox & Palmer 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 Saturday, May 18 at the Rodd Charlottetown hotel.

During the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, adults will be recognized for excellence in Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Literature for Children, Short Story as well as Indigenous Writing. The gala will take place from 7-10 pm on Saturday, May 18 at the Rodd Charlottetown. The evening will be hosted by Island comedian Patrick Ledwell and will feature performances by local musicians.

Short-listed writers for adult categories are as follows:

The Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Literature for Children Award: Eric Leamont, Michael Wheeler, Samantha Desjardins Joyce, Valerie Vuillemot.

Poetry Award: Carter Bertram Clifford Smith, Emily Cann, M. Candace Hagen, Rick Sparkes.

Maritime Electric Short Story Award: Michael Pagé, Michelle Barton, Rick Sparkes, Ryan Gallant.

Creative Non-Fiction Award: Konrad Wendt, Mark Enman, Melanie Taylor.

Acorn Press Marie Coyoteblanc Indigenous Writing Award Novalea MacKinnon.

Youth will be honoured for their excellence in literary arts during the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People which will take place on Saturday, May 18 between 1:30-3pm at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. Julie Pellisier-Lush, Poet Laureate of PEI, will host the award gala which will honour youth in Early Elementary, Late Elementary, Junior High and Senior High.

Short-listed writers for the youth categories are as follows:
Early Elementary: Andrew Jorritsma, Ben Bowman, Miguel Delgado-Keough.

Late Elementary: Habiba Laaroussi, Madeline MacRae, Mateo Delgado-Keough, Sheamus Herlihy.

Junior High: Isabel Beardsley, Lilly O’Rielly, Nicolas Dickieson, Noah Killorn.

Senior High:
Arielle Dunn, Darragh Clayton, Lily Campbell.
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.

Tickets to both awards galas are free but seating is limited.

To book your free tickets for the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, please visit –

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Please follow the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards on Facebook (@IslandLiteraryAwards) or visit for more information on both of these events.

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

“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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