PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Orysia Dawydiak

Orysia Dawydiak will be the first featured reader of the new season at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7pm at the Receiver Coffee Co.,128 Richmond St. in Charlottetown.

Orysia has always been a keen student of human and animal behaviour. Her first novel was inspired by the story of her parents’ emigration from Europe to Canada after World War II, and how their traumas and culture shaped them and affected their offspring. She also writes for young people – from life on an island sheep farm, to coastal fishing communities where the possibilities of alternate life forms become real. She is currently working on two memoirs, one of them about a remarkable Turkish working dog who travelled the world.

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, Orysia 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 Heather Moyse

Heather Moyse will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, May 24, 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, Heather will read.

Heather Moyse first captured the nation’s attention while standing atop the Olympic podium with Calgary-native Kaillie Humphries, having made Canadian history on home soil by bombing down the track to Canada’s first-ever gold medal in bobsleigh at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

After overcoming personal challenges and returning to bobsleigh 6 months before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Heather and her partner successfully defended their title as Olympic Champions after a thrilling come-from-behind victory – a feat accomplished only twice before by a Canadian athlete.

She also represented Canada in track cycling at the 2012 Pan-American Cycling Championships in Argentina and competed on the National Senior Women’s Rugby team in 22 international rugby games and 4 international rugby sevens tournaments, including the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow. She was the leading try-scorer in both the 2006 and 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cups, and was selected as one of only two females in the world to become International Rugby Anti-Doping Ambassadors. She was the first Canadian female, and second Canadian ever – to be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame to join the likes of Johnny Wilkinson and Nelson Mandela who have also been recognized for their contribution to the sport.

In 2016 Heather summited the highest mountain in Antarctica to raise awareness for PTSD and to raise money to help veterans, and soon-to-be-retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces, transition back to civilian life after finishing their time in the Military.

In September 2017, Heather returned to the sport of bobsleigh with the purpose of empowering younger, less-experienced athletes by helping them navigate the high-pressure Olympic season. She helped qualify three Canadian women’s sleds for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games, pushing one of the Olympic rookies to a sixth place finish at the Games.

As a lifelong humanitarian and proud Islander, Heather donates her time and talent to many community events and national charities, earning her the inaugural Randy Starkman Olympian Humanitarian Award, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and the Order of PEI – the highest honour to be bestowed in any province in Canada.

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 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 Grant Matheson

Grant Matheson will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, February 8 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, Grant will read.

Grant Matheson is a non-practicing family physician, and father of three who has been in recovery from narcotic addiction since 2005. He practiced both in Montague and Charlottetown during his years as a physician. He now writes about his struggles with opioid addiction in the hopes that he can help others who have loved ones who are struggling, or others who are struggling themselves. His memoir, The Golden Boy, was published by Nimbus Publishing in 2017.

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 Chuck Bowie


Chuck Bowie will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, January 11 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 3 to 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy some of Receiver Coffee’s delicious offerings, Chuck will read.

Chuck Bowie graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Canada with a Bachelor Degree in Science. Originally from Miramichi, he continues to live on the East Coast of Canada. Growing up as an air force brat, his writing is influenced by the study of human nature and how people behave, habits he picked up as his family moved nineteen times in his first twenty one years. Chuck loves food, wine, music and travel and all play a role in his work.

His writing often draws upon elements of these experiences to round out his characters and plot lines. Chuck is involved in the world of music, supporting local musicians, occasionally playing with them and always celebrating their successes. Because he enjoys venting as much as the next fellow, Chuck will at times share his thoughts with a brief essay or blog, some of which can be found on his website.

He is working with his publisher to edit the fourth novel, entitled The Body On The Underwater Road, part of the suspense-thriller series Donovan: Thief For Hire. His newest published work is entitled Steal It All, and follows the books Three Wrongs and AMACAT.

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 Lee Ellen Pottie

Lee Ellen Pottie will be the featured readers at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, November 9 at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond Street 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 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy Receiver’s delicious offerings, Lee Ellen will read.

Lee Ellen Pottie is a self-employed coordinator of many things, editor, writer, and reviewer, occasional professor at Misr International University in Cairo, and an amateur photographer and painter. She is completing a poetry manuscript about Vincent Van Gogh, based on his letters and art, and her research. Eight of these poems will be published by Alfred Gustav Press in 2018 in a chapbook called worthless. Lee Ellen has published poetry in the Windsor Review and the anthology Snow Softly Falling: Holiday Stories from Prince Edward Island, and forthcoming in Canada: 150 Years of Poetry. Saturday Morning Chapbooks published her chapbook called From Pushthrough to Madagascar. This October, she was a participant in the Poetry Workshop at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Lee Ellen holds an Honours BA in English from UPEI (1999) and an MA in English and Creative Writing from U. Windsor (2000). She lives in PEI with her husband, Richard Lemm, and their dog, Théo, named for Vincent’s brother.

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 Dave Stewart and Rob MacDonald

rob-and-dave-open-micDave Stewart and Rob MacDonald will be the featured readers at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, October 12 at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond Street 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 3 to 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy some of The Receiver’s delicious offerings, Dave and Rob will read.

Dave Stewart is a copywriter at Graphcom, an advertising agency in Charlottetown. As a freelancer, he has contributed to Rue Morgue Magazine, Art Decades, and Studio CX. He is a staff writer with The Buzz, and formerly with the now archived RetroSlashers.net. Dave wrote all 26 episodes of the animated TV adaptation of his movie review cartoon strip And Yet I Blame Hollywood, which was broadcast nationwide on CBC-TV’s late, great countercultural show ZeD. Recently, he edited and contributed to PEI’s first fiction horror anthology Fear from a Small Place, released in May of this year.

Rob MacDonald has been a writer, actor, director and producer of numerous theatrical productions in Charlottetown for over 25 years, including popular sketch-comedy revues Annekenstein and Sketch-22. Rob believes he has at least one novel in him, if he ever found the time. Recitation, his contribution to Fear from a Small Place, is his first published work of short fiction.

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 Kathleen Hamilton

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Kathleen Hamilton will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, September  28 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 3 to 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy some of The Receiver’s delicious offerings, Kathleen will read.

Hamilton notes that starting out as a journalist has always attracted her to true stories, “to what is real.” She says her most remembered childhood story is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. “It broke me open in a good way,” says Hamilton. She is the author of the memoir Sex after Baby: Why There is None published by Acorn Press. Hamilton’s first stage play, Shameless Hussies, was a hit comedy in Charlottetown. Her second play, an award-winning accomplishment, was Blonde Moments.

“When I teach, what’s exciting to me is when someone writes the ‘stuff’ that’s tugging at the sleeves of their heart … when they confide their stories and memories, their version of things, in their own voice.”

Hamilton says she is constantly asking herself one question when writing: “Is there a deeper truth? I feel like that’s the most important thing I have to offer.”

At the open mic, Kathleen will read from her current work-in-progress, a coming-of-age memoir entitled High Flying Girl, and will share insights from her own journey into the art of memoir.

Stay tuned for future open-mic announcements from the PEIWG!

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Dianne Hicks Morrow

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Dianne Hicks Morrow will read at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co. in Charlottetown. After hosting the Open Mics when she served as PEI poet laureate, Hicks Morrow is now delighted to be a featured reader.

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 to enjoy some of The Receiver’s delicious offerings, Dianne will read.

Dianne’s award-winning poetry appears in two collections published by Acorn Press Canada: Long Reach Home and What Really Happened Is This: A Poetry Memoir. The latter won the 2012 PEI Book Award for poetry.

Her non-fiction books include Kindred Spirits: Relationships That Spark the Soul and Fixing Up the Farmhouse: Forty Years of Living, Loving, and Lamenting, both published by Acorn Press. She also teaches two writing courses at seniors’ college and has enjoyed giving readings and workshops across Canada, and in Mexico and Australia.

The Open Mic Series is going on hiatus for the summer, but don’t worry. We’ll be back in September, full of exciting new writing to share with you.

Happy writing!

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Sharon McKay

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Sharon McKay will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, May 4 at 7 pm at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond Street in Charlottetown. (Please note, this is one week earlier in the month than normally scheduled so it can be included in the annual Reading Town week).

Montreal-born author Sharon E. McKay, young adult writer and Canadian War Artist (CFA-vet, Afghanistan, ’09 & ’13) is known for her novels Charlie Wilcox and Thunder Over Kandahar, and more recently, End of the Line and Prison Boy, both winners of the Atlantic Book Awards. In the past, Sharon has been a television host and newspaper and national magazine columnist. Sharon is now working on a screenplay, ThunderbirdTV, and a new book called Once Upon a Syrian Night. Sharon lives on the Island with her husband David MacLeod, son of retired principal Angus (Gus) MacLeod.

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 to enjoy some of The Receiver’s delicious offerings, Sharon will read.

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