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

Writing for Healing: Journalling with Soul

The Journalling with Soul (JWS) program process begins with a breath meditation to calm the mind and prepare the participant to go deeper into their internal process. It enables you to access a higher place within and get you out of your head and into your body where feelings are more readily accessible. This is immediately followed by a guided meditation that has a particular emphasis or focus. Reflective prompts follow each guided meditation where you are encouraged to journal. The journalling extends the meaning making derived from the meditation experience as you continue to absorb, process, reflect, make connections and expand. Susan encourages writers to write from a position of confidence. To want whatever comes, to come. To desire it.

The guided meditations in the JWS program are are written in prose form utilizing metaphors. This enables you to enter the meditation experience from your own frame of reference and interpret meaning from your perspective, in this time and place. Poetry both in content and form is known to be an effective therapeutic tool and method.

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

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.