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

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Sadie McCarney

Sadie McCarney will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, November 14th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Sadie McCarney’s poetry has appeared in publications including Literary Review of Canada, The Walrus, Prairie Fire, Grain, The Puritan, The Malahat Review, Plenitude, The Antigonish Review, EVENT, and Room, as well as in the anthologies The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015 and The Best of The Best Canadian Poetry in English. Poems of hers have been finalists for the Banff Centre/Bliss Carman Poetry Prize, the Far Horizons Award for Poetry, and the Walrus Poetry Prize. Sadie has received writing grants from Innovation PEI and the Canada Council for the Arts. In Fall of 2019, the University of Regina Press published Live Ones, her first book.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work— poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Sadie will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Jane Ledwell

Jane Ledwell will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, October 10th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Jane Ledwell is a writer and editor based in Charlottetown, where she lives with her partner, visual artist Stephen MacInnis, and their two children (AnnaSophia and Sam). She works full-time with the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, where she is executive director. She has contributed a monthly artist profile to The Buzz arts and entertainment magazine almost every month for twenty years. She has published three books of poetry, Last Tomato, Bird Calls, and, most recently, Return of the Wild Goose, and has contributed to numerous other books. She is a past recipient of the award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work— poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Jane will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Poet Laureate Julie Pellisier-Lush

Poet Laureate Julie Pellissier-Lush will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, September 12th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Julie Pellissier-Lush M.S.M. , Meritorious Service Medal recipient, 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 is a graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2000 with a double major in Psychology and Human Resource Management. She works with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI as a Community Consultant Coordinator. She writes, acts, and does photography to preserve the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq for future generations. Julie wrote the poems for the play Mi’kmaq Legends in 2010 and it is her hope that this play will someday travel all over Canada and beyond so more people have the opportunity to learn about the rich Mi’kmaq history!

In February 2019 Julie became the first Mi’kmaq Poet Laureate of PEI and she is loving every minute of sharing her culture and stories with many groups and events all over the Island. She lives in Winsloe, just outside of Charlottetown with her husband Rick, her five children, and her Granddaughter Miah.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work— poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Julie will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

Wild Threads Writing Symposium

FOLLOW YOUR NARRATIVE ARC TO BEAUTIFUL PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

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:
https://peiwritersguild.wildapricot.org/event-3223133
Cost is (Members) $325, (NonMembers) $375,  (Students & Seniors) $325

 

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https://wildthreadscreativewriting.com/ 

 

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Steven Mayoff

Steven Mayoff will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, June 13th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Steven Mayoff was born and raised in Montreal and moved to Prince Edward Island in 2001. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada, the U.S. and abroad. His books include the story collection Fatted Calf Blues (Turnstone Press, 2009), the novel Our Lady Of Steerage (B&B, 2015), the poetry chapbook Leonard’s Flat (Grey Borders Books, 2018) and the full-length poetry collection Swinging Between Water and Stone (Guernica Editions, 2019).

Leonard’s Flat is a chapbook of ten linked poems based on ten paintings by Mayoff’s uncle Len Fligel who was an artist and teacher in Glasgow, Scotland. Swinging Between Water and Stone is a collection of poems comprising four sections, roughly representing the four stages of the never-ending reincarnation cycle: birth, life, death and rebirth.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work— poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Steven will read.

This is the last open mic from the PEI Writers’ Guild before our summer break. We will return this fall with a whole new slate of readers, and will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

 

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 – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cox-palmer-island-literary-awards-tickets-61038557970

To book your free tickets for the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People, please visit – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-rotary-club-of-charlottetown-royalty-creative-writing-awards-for-young-people-gala-tickets-61041228959

Please follow the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards on Facebook (@IslandLiteraryAwards) or visit peiwritersguild.com 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.

Book Signing with poet Jennifer Houle

Bookmark is pleased to welcome New Brunswick poet, Jennifer Houle to Bookmark for a book signing on Friday, May 10th from 12 to 2 pm.

The title of Jennifer Houle’s second collection, Virga, refers to a cloud formation often seen on the horizon, when rain begins to fall but evaporates before reaching the ground, only to fall again when the time is right. Likewise, the poems gathered here, written over a period of roughly twenty years, between the ages of 20 and 40 – many revised with a slightly wiser eye— explore what it means to develop an identity while continuously regrouping, reformulating oneself, reacting to prevailing conditions, and retaining autonomy in a sea of “rhythmic lies and half-truths.” Through the medium of poetry, Houle converses with her younger self, performing a kind of rescue job, bridging years through poetic reflection.

Unapologetic, and shot through lore, Virga investigates the tensions, inner and outer, that work to shape identity. Sensual, driven, and pragmatic, the poems insist that we “fall to rise,” and address the desires – romantic, erotic, familial, and socio-political – that transform us. Like rain held in abeyance, these poems were waiting for their time, and gathered together create a compelling, distinctly feminine and feminist meditation on maturing womanhood. Personal lyrics are set against the stories and mythologies of female characters who fell (or dove) from their stars, into unfamiliar worlds, including meditations on the Lost Pleaid, Dorothy after her sojourn in Oz, and the Greek goddesses Asteria and Astraea.

By turns dark, and infused with longing and fruitful uncertainty, the poems persist in questioning the forces that shape who we are, and the stories, symbols, and ideas we turn to for guidance as we wilfully create ourselves.

Jennifer’s work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, most recently The Northern Review and The Antigonish Review. Her first book, The Back Channels, was published by Signature Editions in April 2016. It won the J.M. Abraham East Coast Literary Award for best book of poetry and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert first-book award. Virga is her second book. She lives in Hanwell, New Brunswick, with her family.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Jennifer Houle

Poet Jennifer Houle will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, May 9th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Jennifer Houle’s work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, most recently The Northern Review and The Antigonish Review. Her first book,  Back Channels, was published by Signature Editions in April 2016. It won the J.M. Abraham East Coast Literary Award for best book of poetry and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert first-book award.

The title of Jennifer Houle’s second collection, Virga, refers to a cloud formation often seen on the horizon, when rain begins to fall but evaporates before reaching the ground, only to fall again when the time is right. Likewise, the poems gathered here, written over a period of roughly twenty years, between the ages of 20 and 40 – many revised with a slightly wiser eye— explore what it means to develop an identity while continuously regrouping, reformulating oneself, reacting to prevailing conditions, and retaining autonomy in a sea of “rhythmic lies and half-truths.” Through the medium of poetry, Houle converses with her younger self, performing a kind of rescue job, bridging years through poetic reflection.

Unapologetic, and shot through lore, Virga investigates the tensions, inner and outer, that work to shape identity. Sensual, driven, and pragmatic, the poems insist that we “fall to rise,” and address the desires – romantic, erotic, familial, and socio-political – that transform us. Like rain held in abeyance, these poems were waiting for their time, and gathered together create a compelling, distinctly feminine and feminist meditation on maturing womanhood. Personal lyrics are set against the stories and mythologies of female characters who fell (or dove) from their stars, into unfamiliar worlds, including meditations on the Lost Pleaid, Dorothy after her sojourn in Oz, and the Greek goddesses Asteria and Astraea.

By turns dark, and infused with longing and fruitful uncertainty, the poems persist in questioning the forces that shape who we are, and the stories, symbols, and ideas we turn to for guidance as we wilfully create ourselves.

Jennier Houle lives in Hanwell, New Brunswick, with her family.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work— poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Jennifer will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

Bookmark’s Poets & Pints in Honour of Poetry Month

Charlottetown’s independent bookstore, Bookmark invites you to celebrate National Poetry Month in April by attending one of our scheduled events. The first will be held Tuesday, April 9 from 7 to 9:30 PM at The Queue, next to The Pilot House, 70 Grafton St.

This evening will feature a social hour; a ceremonial welcome from P.E.I.’s new Poet Laureate, Julie Pellissier-Lush; readings by Island poets Chris Bailey, Brent MacLaine, and Bren Simmers, as well as a Q&A moderated by John Flood; and an open mic. Refreshments will be provided along with a cash bar.

The late poet, Mary Oliver said, “Poetry is meant to be heard”. We hope you will take her advice and come out to a poetry event during Poetry Month.