Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards Shortlist Announcement

Prepare to celebrate writing!

The P.E.I. Writers’ Guild is thrilled to celebrate the 30th Cox and Palmer Island Literary Awards on Saturday, May 6, from 7-10 p.m. Prize winners will be revealed during gala ceremonies at The Mack theatre in Charlottetown.

Presentations will include the following honours:
• Milton Acorn Poetry Awards
• Maritime Electric Short Story Awards
• L.M. Montgomery* P.E.I. Literature for Children Awards
• Creative Non-Fiction Awards
• Marie Coyoteblanc Award for Indigenous Writing
• Réshard Gool Award
• Joseph Sherman Award
• Champion of Reading Award

Shortlist

L.M. Montgomery* PEI Writing for Children Award:
Lisa Penny, Pierce Smith, Suzanne Mills

Milton Acorn Poetry Award:
Margo Connors, Michael Page, Ann Howatt.

Maritime Electric Short Story Award:
Tanya Nicolle MacCallum, Suzanne Mills, Joel Gillespie, Malcom Murray.

Creative Non-Fiction Award:
Brian Higgins, Irene Larkin, Louise Burley, Rick Sparkes, Margot Maddison-MacFadyen.

The awards represent the penultimate event of the Reading Town P.E.I. festival. In addition to awards presentations, the evening will include musical performances and the launch of the video series Honouring Literary Legends.

Tickets to the gala are free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP here:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cox-palmer-island-literary-awar…

Follow the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards on Facebook @IslandLiteraryAwards.

* L.M. Montgomery is a trademark of the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Lobie Daughton

lobie daughtonLobie Daughton will be the featured reader at the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown.

Lobie grew up in England and Wales, studying in Cambridge and York before moving to Canada. A varied career has ranged from cooking for rock bands to community economic development. Lobie loves poetry and runs an informal retreat for writers and artists, “Poetical Asylum”, that began in Prince County and has migrated to Queens County. He has won prizes for poetry, published numerous feature articles and essays on everything from sushi to xenotransplantation, as well as acting as an external adviser for reports and journals, including Environment Canada’s “Report on Human Health and the Environment”. Lobie was the recipient of the year 2000 Quebec-Labrador Foundation “Caring For the Earth Award”. He has made his home on Prince Edward Island for the past 35 years and lives by the water in Mermaid, with his loved ones.

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, Lobie will read.

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

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.

February Open Mic Cancelled Due to Storm

Sorry folks! That huge storm they’re warning us about is expected to hit early this evening, so we’ve decided to cancel the open mic. Stay warm, safe, and off those wintery roads. We’ll be sure to update you all well in advance of the next open mic we hold.

Perhaps this is an opportune time to get some fresh writing in, while the wind batters the windows and snow piles up at the door. And you, blankets to your chin with a cup of tea, creating new stories and poems by which to keep warm.

“Doing it in Charlottetown” — an update!

Attention lovers, dreamers, and hopeless romantics!

There’s still 16387895_10154336926746169_7623620866970264699_nroom in our erotic writing workshop with the award-winning playwright and author Kathleen Hamilton! Come spend an afternoon with us this Saturday, February 11, from 1-4pm at the Faculty Lounge in Main Building, UPEI, for an inside scoop on how to write good, steamy erotica.

Anyone looking to spice up their writing style should check out our workshop page to see how to register.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Lobie Daughton

Sorry everyone. The open mic has been cancelled due to the impending winter storm.

lobie daughtonLobie Daughton will be the featured reader at the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, February 9 at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown.

Lobie grew up in England and Wales, studying in Cambridge and York before moving to Canada. A varied career has ranged from cooking for rock bands to community economic development. Lobie loves poetry and runs an informal retreat for writers and artists, “Poetical Asylum”, that began in Prince County and has migrated to Queens County. He has won prizes for poetry, published numerous feature articles and essays on everything from sushi to xenotransplantation, as well as acting as an external adviser for reports and journals, including Environment Canada’s “Report on Human Health and the Environment”. Lobie was the recipient of the year 2000 Quebec-Labrador Foundation “Caring For the Earth Award”. He has made his home on Prince Edward Island for the past 35 years and lives by the water in Mermaid, with his loved ones.

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, Lobie will read.

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

“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…

For more info, click: Is it getting hot in here?

 

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series

dave-atkinson-scaledDave Atkinson will be the featured reader at the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, January 12, at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St. in Charlottetown.

Dave is an award-winning freelance journalist, columnist, and broadcaster. His work for the CBC has aired on The Current, Atlantic Voice, Tapestry, Maritime Magazine, and regional radio programs across the country. He and his wife are homeschooling their three silly kids in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Dave is the author of two books for kids aged 8-12, Wereduck and Cure for Wereduck, published by Nimbus.

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 will read.

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