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.


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

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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.

“Doing It” in Charlottetown: Writing Erotica

Kathleen HamiltonThe PEI Writers’ Guild and the English Department at UPEI invite Island writers to join Kathleen Hamilton for the Delta of Venus Workshop, an afternoon of writing erotica. Kathleen is the author of Sex After Baby: Why there is None, an award-winning playwright (Shameless Hussies, Blonde Moments), a screenwriter and a poet.

Taking place on Saturday, February 11 at the UPEI Faculty Lounge from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m,  in celebration of Valentine’s Day, and in the tradition of Anais Nin who wrote, “only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy,” this workshop will…

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You Can Start Anywhere – A Workshop With Isabel Huggan

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to sponsor a day-long writing workshop hosted by the renowned author and writing instructor, Isabel Huggan. The workshop is tailored to writers of prose – fiction or non-fiction – but can also be useful for poets. In other words, it is open to everyone who likes to write and who wants to be refreshed or challenged to find new ways of exploring the creative process.

Isabel Huggan

All that is required is to bring a pen or pencil and paper (please leave your laptop behind), and ONE SMALL OBJECT that has some meaning for you, its value more sentimental or nostalgic than monetary (if you are away from home, you can substitute a sea shell for the real thing and still take part).

Come ready to have fun as well as to work hard, and to share the joys of writing with others. At the end of the day you’ll have something to show for the hours you’ve spent and, with any luck, it will be a piece of writing that will act as a catalyst for new work.

At some point in the day when you need a break to rest your aching wrists, Isabel will read from a short story titled Starting With the Chair, one of three pieces of fiction that end her memoir Belonging: Home Away From Home, just as a way of underlining her belief that, indeed, if you want to tell a story – true or not-true – you really can start anywhere.

Please see Isabel Huggan’s short bio below for information on her distinguished writing, publishing and teaching career.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown (corner of Water and Haviland).

The cost of this all-day workshop is $75 to members of the PEI Writers’ Guild and $85 to non-members.

Snacks and beverages will be provided. People can bring a bag lunch or go out to eat between 12 and 1 pm.

If you wish to attend the workshop, please register and pay in advance by cheque or money order.  To register, please email [email protected].

ISABEL HUGGAN is a Canadian writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry who, by circumstance, has found herself living in the south of France.  Her travels and their consequence form the basis of her memoir BELONGING: HOME AWAY FROM HOME, winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction in 2004. She has been internationally acclaimed for her first two collections of short stories, the award-winning THE ELIZABETH STORIES and YOU NEVER KNOW.  More recently, she has been writing and publishing poetry and essays in Canadian journals, notably in THE NEW QUARTERLY. 

She has taught creative writing for over 40 years, across Canada and abroad: France, Switzerland, Kenya, Australia and the Philippines. As well as being a private manuscript consultant, she has been an instructor with the Humber School of Writers since 1998, both for the writing workshops and in the correspondence program.  Although she is well acquainted with Nova Scotia, this will be her first time visiting Prince Edward Island.