Wits & Words Poetry Slam

It’s that time of year again! The 2018 Wits & Words Student Poetry Slam will take place Wednesday, April 25th, 7pm, at Receiver Coffee (128 Richmond Street) in Charlottetown. If last year was any indication, it promises to be an exciting, entertaining, and illuminating evening. Space is limited. Come early to get a seat and enjoy the excellent poetry Island students have to offer.

Poets and Pints for Poetry Month

Poets & Pints is a celebration of National Poetry Month featuring a social hour; readings by 4 Island poets including Deirdre Kessler, Jane Ledwell, John MacKenzie and David Hickey; a Q&A moderated by John Flood; and an open mic. Poets & Pints of cosponsored by The Bookmark and PEI’s own poet laureate Deirdre Kessler.

Date: April 16th from 6 PM to 10 PM
Where: The Queue, next to Pilot House, 70 Grafton Street

Confederation Centre Public Library Open Mic

Open Mic Confederation Centre Public Library Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m. – Want to read your poetry or prose in a public venue? Join the Confederation Centre Public Library Open Mic., and share your love of poetry and prose by reading before a live audience.  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.

Announcing the Winner of Battle Tales III: Return of the Short Story Contest

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce that Matthew MacKay has won Battle Tales III: Return of the Short Story Contest for his marvellous battle tale Bigfoot.

Matthew MacKay receives the Battle Tales III trophy from PEIWG president Keith Burgoyne at the Thinking of Spring Sociable

Far from being a story of a legend in the great outdoors that the title suggests, Bigfoot is a gritty urban tale with a strong narrative voice and a confident use of descriptive language that relentlessly moves forward.

Inventive use of the three prompts also makes this story stand out. The prompts evoke the senses and the author doesn’t just dutifully tick the three boxes, but rather creates a potent atmosphere of sound, smell and sight that keeps the reader’s interest.

We here at the PEIWG wish to thank everyone who took part in Battle Tales this year. We hope you enjoyed the contest, and most importantly, that you had fun putting words to page. Thank you all for making it a huge success!

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Susan Rodgers

Susan Rodgers will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, April 12, at 7 pm at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St. 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 up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Susan will read.

Susan Rodgers’ journey into writing and film started with a regular on-set wardrobe continuity gig on Emily of New Moon, the CBC television series shot in Summerside. Her foray into serious film writing began with a box of wartime letters discovered in the attic of the historic house where she worked as curator, which launched her first award winning half hour screenplay and filmed drama, Bobby’s Peace. A year at Vancouver Film School led to a number of client documentary film projects, as well as a web series, period short film, short comedy, and music video.

Susan then journeyed into writing novels, and was thrilled and inspired by her selection as a Finalist in the 2011 Atlantic Writing Awards for her as-yet-unpublished first novel, A Certain Kind of Freedom. A critically acclaimed excerpt has been re-worked as a short story and featured in an anthology produced by the Israeli-based website The Writers’ Drawer.

The Drifters books were next – fifteen so far. Wildly popular and quickly spreading, mostly by word of mouth, they’ve been described as women’s fiction with an angsty romantic flair. Drifters is the name of a fictional TV series shot in Vancouver, where the characters meet and true drama begins.

Recently, inspired by L.A. screenwriting mentors, Susan rewrote and polished the feature screenplay Still The Water, and is working hard to finance and produce the project in 2018.

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 Keir Lowther | Updated

Please note: the open mic has been delayed to March 15.

Keir Lowther will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., 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 up to 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy some of Receiver Coffee’s delicious offerings, Keir will read.

Keir Lowther is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, and was awarded an apprenticeship by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

Keir has received various awards for his short stories, including from the Maritime Writing Competition, the Atlantic Writing Competition and the Island Literary Awards. Keir’s short story, Dirty Bird, was shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards (2007). That story became the foundation for a novel of the same name which won the 2013 Margaret and John Savage First Novel Award at the Atlantic Book Awards, was shortlisted for a Relit Award, a PEI Book Award for Fiction and the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize.

Keir lives with his wife, daughter, son and dog in Prince Edward Island.

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

THINKING OF SPRING Sociable at Upstreet Craft Brewing

The Guild will host its THINKING OF SPRING Sociable at Upstreet Craft Brewing in Charlottetown on Saturday, March 10th, at 8 p.m. The evening will include literary trivia with Steve Forbes, contests, giveaways, and the chance to chat with others in the writing community. During the sociable, the guild will also announce the winner of BATTLE TALES!

Everyone is welcome – you do not have to be a guild member to join. (We sure would love to have you, though!) Admission is free, though donations will be accepted towards the work of the guild, which promotes the growth and quality of literary arts in P.E.I. Event and prize sponsors include Cox & Palmer and Upstreet. For more information, email [email protected]