Writing as a Tool for Healing: A Life Writing Workshop with Trevor Corkum and Joshua Lewis

Writing our truth can be difficult, but telling our stories also offers profound possibility for healing and integration. Current research shows that the ability to construct meaningful stories from our lives has an important impact on our health and well-being.

In this day-long workshop, we’ll explore our stories through a variety of lenses. Responding to guided writing prompts, crafting short narratives, and reflecting on some of the difficult and joyful moments of our lives, we’ll consider how story can be a source of personal insight and supportive healing. The workshop structure will include both individual and small group activities, and will be supported by embodied-wellness activities like meditation, therapeutic yoga, and breathwork to anchor us more deeply into our experience. We’ll also consider how the various layers of our identities shape our stories of being in the world. Themes we will
explore together include ideas of being at home in our bodies, belonging, and connection to ourselves and others.

For more information or to register for this workshop, please check out the workshop page!

National Writing Symposium to Take Place in Prince Edward Island this Summer

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce a national writing symposium in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, with nationally acclaimed writing facilitators, from August 22 to 25, 2019.

This summer, the island will play host to writers and writing instructors from across the country, as they gather for the first annual Wild Threads Writing Symposium.

Hosted and sponsored by the PEI Writers’ Guild and Innovation PEI, with the support of the University of Prince Edward Island, the Bookmark, and Reading Town PEI, this four-day experience (August 22–25, 2019) includes author workshops facilitated by some of Canada’s most established writers in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and storytelling.

Additionally, there will be panel sessions where industry professionals will speak to current and emerging publishing trends, the publishing industry in 2019–2020, and marketing and branding for authors.

For more information regarding the symposium, and to register, please visit the Wild Threads Creative Writing Symposium website.

THE CHOICE TO SEE: A POETRY WORKSHOP WITH CHAD NORMAN

April is National Poetry Month! In honour of this, the PEIWG will be hosting a full-day poetry workshop on Saturday, April 13th, with Nova Scotia poet, Chad Norman.

Cost is $50 for Guild members and $60 for non-members $30 for Guild members and $40 for non-members, and will take place at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown.

Are you 19 years old or younger? If so, contact [email protected] for a promo code to use during registration in order to get a special low price of $10!

Norman, who lives beside the high-tides of the Bay of Fundy, has given talks and readings in Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the US, and across Canada. His poems, which have been published all over the world, have been translated into Danish, Albanian, and Romanian. His latest collections are Selected & New Poems(Mosaic Press) and Waking Up On The Wrong Side Of the Sky (Grant Block Press).

For more information, check out the workshop page.

Villains: The Characters We Love to Hate – a New Workshop From Author Anne Emery

To register for this workshop, and to find out more, please see the event page.

What drives a good crime-mystery novel? The answer is obvious: a really bad, nasty, devious, twisted, elusive villain who’s always one step ahead of our poor hero as they desperately try to re-establish order and protect the innocent.

The PEI Writers’ Guild will present a day-long writing workshop on this topic on October 13 at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown. It will be led by Anne Emery, a Halifax lawyer and award-winning author of the Collins-Burke mystery series.

Her ninth novel, Lament for Bonnie, is now available in hard cover. Anne has won a number of awards and writing prizes, including the 2007 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel for her novel Sign of the Cross. Find out more about Anne here.

Anne will explore the factors that contribute to engaging villains, and how villains can be used to drive a story narrative. Participants will be tasked with defining what they enjoy in a villain, sharing villains in their own stories, and will be given the opportunity to create new villains based on the material covered in the workshop.

Registration is open now! To register and to find out more, please see the workshop page.

Walking, Writing, and Memory Mapping with Marlene Creates: Deadline for Registration EXTENDED

Howdy folks! There’re only a few more days before registration for Walking, Writing, and Memory Mapping: a Workshop with Newfoundland Artist Marlene Creates closes. The deadline is September 10 September 17, so don’t wait to sign up and reserve your spot!

Marlene Creates, award-winning environmental artist and poet, is coming to Prince Edward Island from her home in Newfoundland and Labrador to put on a new writing workshop in partnership with the PEI Writers’ Guild and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. This workshop, entitled Walking, Writing, and Memory Mapping, focuses on nature writing and memory mapping, and explores the connection between writing and observation of the natural world.

The workshop will take place at Macphail Woods on September 22, from 9am until 4pm (269 Macphail Park Rd., Orwell, PE).

For more information and to register, see the workshop page.

Villains: The Characters We Love to Hate – a New Workshop From Author Anne Emery

What drives a good crime-mystery novel? The answer is obvious: a really bad, nasty, devious, twisted, elusive villain who’s always one step ahead of our poor hero as they desperately try to re-establish order and protect the innocent.

The PEI Writers’ Guild will present a day-long writing workshop on this topic on October 13 at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown. It will be led by Anne Emery, a Halifax lawyer and award-winning author of the Collins-Burke mystery series.

Her ninth novel, Lament for Bonnie, is now available in hard cover. Anne has won a number of awards and writing prizes, including the 2007 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel for her novel Sign of the Cross. Find out more about Anne here.

Anne will explore the factors that contribute to engaging villains, and how villains can be used to drive a story narrative. Participants will be tasked with defining what they enjoy in a villain, sharing villains in their own stories, and will be given the opportunity to create new villains based on the material covered in the workshop.

Registration will open soon! Check back here for details.

Walking, Writing, and Memory Mapping: a Workshop with Award-Winning Artist and Poet Marlene Creates

For more details and to register, please visit the workshop page.

Marlene Creates, award-winning environmental artist and poet, is coming to Prince Edward Island from her home in Newfoundland and Labrador to put on a new writing workshop in partnership with the PEI Writers’ Guild and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. This workshop, entitled Walking, Writing, and Memory Mapping, focuses on nature writing and memory mapping, and explores the connection between writing and observation of the natural world.

The workshop will take place at Macphail Woods on September 22, from 9am until 4pm (269 Macphail Park Rd., Orwell, PE).

Under the tutelage of Marlene Creates, the group will walk silently through the beautiful woods twice, developing memory maps after each walk, and writing haiku-like poetry, or short prose after the first walk. The group will then compare the differences between their two memory maps and through this comparison will seek to answer the following questions: how did the experience of writing a poem/prose piece and listening to others’ writing affect your perception of the place? Can poetry and prose writing help us become better observers of our own experience and the natural world?

Drawing materials will be supplied by Marlene Creates, but please bring along writing materials, like pens or pencils, and writing paper or notebooks.

The PEIWG will help arrange carpooling to Macphail Woods.

As an added bonus, Marlene will give a retrospective tour of her exhibit currently open at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, entitled Places, Paths, and Pauses, on Friday September 21, from 4pm to 5.

For more details and to register, please visit the workshop page.

Marlene Creates is an environmental artist and poet who lives and works in a six-acre patch of boreal forest in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. Since the mid-1970s, her work has been presented in over 350 exhibitions and screenings across Canada and internationally. A touring retrospective exhibition of her work, titled Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses, is currently at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown.

She has been a guest lecturer at over 200 institutions and conferences in Canada and abroad, led similar workshops through numerous universities and organizations throughout Canada, England, and Chile, and has led environmental and place-based art projects with about 3,000 school children in Newfoundland.

www.marlenecreates.ca

“WHAT’S NOT IN THE PICTURE?” – A New Summer Workshop with Isabel Huggan

For details and for registration, please visit the official workshop page.

For the third summer in a row, prize-winning fiction and memoir writer Isabel Huggan is leaving her home in France to travel to PEI, where she will offer a writing workshop to Island writers. This one- or two-day event (participant’s choice) is in partnership with the PEI Writers’ Guild and will take place August 11 and 12 at The Haviland Club in Charlottetown.

Entitled, “What’s Not in the Picture,” this workshop is open to writers of all genres (fiction, non-fiction, and poets). Participants are asked to bring a pen and paper and at least two photographs (preferably ones that show a group of people at some occasion and of which there is a personal attachment).

On August 11, Huggan will lead participants through an imaginative development exercise in the morning. In the afternoon, participants will have the chance to create their own piece of work based on the morning’s exercise. Day one will end with the opportunity for participants to read their work aloud, allowing for critical comment and group discussion.

Those who would like some guidance in the fine art of “self-criticism” can sign up for day two of the workshop (August 12). This half-day program allows participants to work together, reading one another’s work with the unifying goal of improving the text. Those interested in this session are asked to bring no more than two pages of writing to the session.

For details and for registration, please visit the official workshop page.

Memoir Writing: a Workshop

Have you ever thought about writing a memoir? The PEI Writers’ Guild is sponsoring a workshop on this very topic to help you get started. A memoir can focus on many different things: your career, your amazing life experiences, your family history, or crazy adventures in your misspent youth.

This all-day workshop will be led by three Island authors

who have each written their own very different style of memoirs. Dianne Morrow, Roger Gordon, and Bruce McCallum are coming together at the Haviland Club on November 18 at 9:30 AM to bring you the workshop you need to get started with writing a memoir of your own. You can sign up online, or get in touch with us if you have any questions, or if you’d like to sign up in person.

Registration is open, but seating is limited. Don’t wait to sign up! We hope to see you there.

Character Workshop with Donna Morrissey

231980Are you or your character smiling, even when things aren’t good? Trust even when trust isn’t warranted? Maintain hope when suddenly tossed into situations of conflict, judgment, violence?

Learn how the Innocent Archetype affects ourselves and our characters’ thinking and behaviours and more in ARCHETYPES, CHARACTERS & YOU, an intensive two-day workshop put on by the international award-winning author Donna Morrissey.

Don’t wait to register! The workshop runs March 4 and 5, 10:00–3:30 pm each day.

Check out our workshop page for details.