Open Mic Featuring Julie Pellissier-Lush

The PEI Writers’ Guild will host Julie Pellisier-Lush as its featured reader at the second Open Mic to be held on Thursday, October 13th from 7:00-9:00 at Receiver Coffee on Victoria Row (128 Richmond Street).

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, Julie will read.

11238269_10155653615075567_602722724541265246_nJulie Pellissier-Lush, actress and bestselling author of ‘My Mi’kmaq Mother’, was born in Summerside, PEI in 1970. She grew up all over Eastern Canada and spent a number of years in Winnipeg, Manitoba before coming home. Julie graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2000. She works with young families at the Mi’kmaq Family Resource Centre and was Vice President of the Aboriginal Women’s Association for four terms. She writes, acts, and does photography to preserve the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq for future generations. Julie lives in PEI with her husband Rick, her five children, and her granddaughter Miah.

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

Battle Tales: A Mostly True Story

Attention writers of the creative nonfiction persuasion,

What do you say we play a little game? A game which jumpstarts that memoir you’ve been meaning to write, or kicks your story-telling prowess into high gear? Do you enjoy a good, solid writing challenge?

Well, we have exactly  what you’re looking for. The PEI Writers’ Guild is excited to announce Battle Tales: A Mostly True Story.


Check out our contest page for details. We can’t wait to do it all again.

Open Mic at Receiver Coffee, Featuring Patti Larsen

This Thursday, September 8th, the  PEI Writers’ Guild open mic will host Patti Larsen as its featured reader. Oh, and guess what? We’ve switched locations! We’re now holding our open mic at Receiver Coffee at 128 Richmond Street!  The event kicks off at 7 pm.

There are 10 spots available for the open mic, and we ask you keep your piece, either poetry or prose, to no longer than three to five minutes. A sign-up form will be available at the event.

Patti Larsen

Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle-grade and young-adult Island author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn’t it? She’s a storyteller who hears teenager’s voices so loud she has to write them down. She loves roller derby even though it doesn’t love her. She’s dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all-girl band to running her own hair salon.

But always, always, writing books calls her back home. She’s had her sights set on world literary domination for a while now, and a simple search on Barnes and Noble proves she has done just that. With 75 titles for sale, Patti is one of the most prolific writers operating on PEI today.

You Can Start Anywhere – a Workshop with Isabel Huggan

Howdy folks! We still have room for more participants in our exciting upcoming writing workshop with award-winning authour, Isabel Huggan. Running August 20th, You Can Start Anywhere promises to be a fun and informative session which will help you get that new writing project off the ground.

Check out our workshop page for more details:

We hope to see you there!

A Workshop in How to Get Published with Cynthia Good

Have you started or completed a manuscript and you’re not sure what your next steps should be?

cynthia-goodCynthia Good is a former publisher of Penguin Books Canada, and currently Director of Student and Industry Initiatives for the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College in Toronto. She will give a workshop in Charlottetown, “How to Get Published: an Insider’s Guide,” on Saturday, July 16, 10:00­-12:00, in the Irish Benevolent Society Hall on North River Road.

The cost of the workshop is $25, or $20 for students, seniors, and members of the PEI Writers’ Guild. Pre­-registration is optional, but registering will ensure we order enough snacks. Please see our registration form: All are welcome.

The workshop is cosponsored by the UPEI Faculty of Arts, the Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts, and the PEI Writers’ Guild.

You Can Start Anywhere – A Workshop With Isabel Huggan

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to sponsor a day-long writing workshop hosted by the renowned author and writing instructor, Isabel Huggan. The workshop is tailored to writers of prose – fiction or non-fiction – but can also be useful for poets. In other words, it is open to everyone who likes to write and who wants to be refreshed or challenged to find new ways of exploring the creative process.

Isabel Huggan

All that is required is to bring a pen or pencil and paper (please leave your laptop behind), and ONE SMALL OBJECT that has some meaning for you, its value more sentimental or nostalgic than monetary (if you are away from home, you can substitute a sea shell for the real thing and still take part).

Come ready to have fun as well as to work hard, and to share the joys of writing with others. At the end of the day you’ll have something to show for the hours you’ve spent and, with any luck, it will be a piece of writing that will act as a catalyst for new work.

At some point in the day when you need a break to rest your aching wrists, Isabel will read from a short story titled Starting With the Chair, one of three pieces of fiction that end her memoir Belonging: Home Away From Home, just as a way of underlining her belief that, indeed, if you want to tell a story – true or not-true – you really can start anywhere.

Please see Isabel Huggan’s short bio below for information on her distinguished writing, publishing and teaching career.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown (corner of Water and Haviland).

The cost of this all-day workshop is $75 to members of the PEI Writers’ Guild and $85 to non-members.

Snacks and beverages will be provided. People can bring a bag lunch or go out to eat between 12 and 1 pm.

If you wish to attend the workshop, please register and pay in advance by cheque or money order.  To register, please email

ISABEL HUGGAN is a Canadian writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry who, by circumstance, has found herself living in the south of France.  Her travels and their consequence form the basis of her memoir BELONGING: HOME AWAY FROM HOME, winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction in 2004. She has been internationally acclaimed for her first two collections of short stories, the award-winning THE ELIZABETH STORIES and YOU NEVER KNOW.  More recently, she has been writing and publishing poetry and essays in Canadian journals, notably in THE NEW QUARTERLY. 

She has taught creative writing for over 40 years, across Canada and abroad: France, Switzerland, Kenya, Australia and the Philippines. As well as being a private manuscript consultant, she has been an instructor with the Humber School of Writers since 1998, both for the writing workshops and in the correspondence program.  Although she is well acquainted with Nova Scotia, this will be her first time visiting Prince Edward Island.

Holding on to Mamie by Elizabeth Murray — a Memoir of Her Mother’s Dementia

Elizabeth Murray will be visiting Confederation Centre Public Library, Tuesday, July 5, 6:30 p.m. to talk about her new book, Holding on to Mamie

Murray’s book is a daughter’s memoir about her mother’s battle with dementia and the devastating impact the illness had on their once close relationship. During her cognitive decline, Mamie wrote a multitude of notes to help her understand what was happening to and around her. The notes evidence the anger and paranoia that are often symptomatic of dementia and document her sudden mistrust of her daughter. Some of the notes form a parallel narrative to Elizabeth’s story, offering a fresh perspective on this debilitating disease. Holding on to Mamie provides unique insight into the inner turmoil of a woman living with dementia as well as the fears and frustrations of her daughter, who was also her primary caregiver.

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AGM and Celebrating the Bookmark

And now for a quick update on the AGM and the Bookmark, provided by our esteemed president, Keir Lowther:

The PEI Writers’ Guild executive would like to invite you to the 2016 Annual General Meeting being held on Saturday, June 11th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm at The Merchantman’s Next Door space at 56 Water Street. The meeting will go from 3:00pm – 4:30pm and will be followed by a Sociable, which will feature prizes and an open mic. Items on the agenda are the President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Ratification of Board Members, Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, and discussion of priorities and initiatives for the upcoming year. PEIWG memberships can be purchased at the AGM. Come alone, come with friends. All are welcome.

Before you hit up the AGM, we encourage you to stop by the Bookmark and show your love for one of our great cultural institutions.

In recognition of all that The Bookmark did to support another successful Reading Town PEI festival in 2016, Reading Town PEI is asking Islanders to join them in Shopping the Bookmark on Saturday, June 11th. From 9:00am to 5:30pm, you can shop for great beach reads for Summer 16, that birthday present you’ve been meaning to get, or do your Christmas shopping in June. Oh, and there will be prize draws and cake! Help them celebrate a cultural institution that has been putting books in the hands of Islanders since 1972.

PEI Writers’ Guild AGM

All are invited to the PEI Writers’ Guild Annual General Meeting being held on Saturday, June 11th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm at The Merchantman’s Next Door space at 56 Water Street. The meeting will go from 3:00pm – 4:30pm and will be followed by a Sociable, which will feature prizes and an open mic. Items on the agenda are the President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Ratification of Board Members, Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, and discussion of priorities and initiatives for the upcoming year. PEIWG memberships can be purchased at the AGM. Old members, newbies and the generally curious are welcome!