“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.

Book Launch: The Secret of Bowring Park by Christine Gordon Manley

Christine Gordon Manley invites anyone who believes in the magic within to help her launch The Secret of Bowring Park on July 17 at 6:30pm at the Confederation Centre Library.

Every child who has ever visited the Peter Pan statue in St. John’s, NL, swears that it is magic. They know that the mice, squirrels, rabbits, and fairies are never in the same place as the last time they visited. Some say they’ve seen Peter wink at them, and others believe they’ve heard the soft whispering sounds of a flute. Are the stories true? Is the Peter Pan statue really magic? Or are the tales just childhood fantasies?

The Secret of Bowring Park, is a story of magic, eternal wonder, and the bond between sisters.

This early reader chapter book includes beautiful illustrations by Newfoundland artist Laurel Keating and is published through Breakwater Books.

A freelance editor, Christine co-owns communications and marketing company, Manley Mann Media, with fellow PEI author Jaime Lee Mann. She’s worked on over 40 books, including fiction, memoirs, children’s books, educational material, YA, and even cookbooks.

Christine’s short stories have appeared in various magazines, websites, and journals, with “I’ll Always Make it Back Home” winning Honourable Mention and publication in Canada’s Tales of the Fantastic (2017). She won third place in the Island Literary Awards in 2015 (children’s category) and was a Round Two Finalist for CANSCAIP children’s story national contest in 2016.

Christine was born, and grew up, in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. While she fell in love with the red soil of PEI, where she now lives, the rocky shores of Newfoundland are never far from her mind. She can attribute her love of a good cup of tea, tender moose stew, driving to reach that perfect scenic view, and getting outside on any decent day to her own Newfoundland childhood.

The launch is co-hosted by The Bookmark and Breakwater Books and is an all-ages event. Rumour has it there will be Tinkerbell-themed treats available.

Annual General Meeting

June 23, 1-4 PM at Queue (70 Grafton St, Charlottetown)

It’s time again for the PEI Writers’ Guild AGM, and you’re invited! This year’s AGM is happening Saturday, June 23, from 1 to 4 PM at Queue (70 Grafton Street, next to the Pilot House).

Items on the agenda include the President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, election of the new board of directors, and discussion of priorities and initiatives for the upcoming year. As well, this is the perfect opportunity for members to offer feedback on the year that was.

We Need Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering for the PEIWG board of directors? Do you know someone you’d like to nominate for a position? Our AGM is the perfect place to do it! We’ll be electing board members for the 2018-2019 year, and we’re excited to include new individuals who are keen to help serve the writing community of Prince Edward Island.

We’re looking for passionate volunteers with experience in any (or all) of the following areas:

  • outstanding communication skills
  • social media management
  • familiarity with common online administrative tasks, including email and membership management
  • a love for writing and working within a community of talented, energetic artists

If you’re interested, please get in touch! Send us an email, or reach out through Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to talk with you.

All Are Welcome

Not a member? Don’t worry. The AGM is open to everyone, and PEIWG memberships can be purchased on the spot. Come alone or come with friends, stay for a drink and help us plan our next year.

We can’t wait to see you.

–The PEI Writers’ Guild

Jeopardy: New Poems by Richard Lemm

Richard Lemm, one of PEI’s best-known authors and a UPEI English professor for many years, will launch his new poetry book, Jeopardy, on Friday, June 29, at 7:00 pm in the Carriage House of Beaconsfield Historic House at . Lemm’s poems take readers on memorable journeys, from the Arab Spring in Egypt to climate change on the Island. Acorn Press, the publisher, will host the launch and reception.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, June 14, 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, Chris will read.

Chris Bailey is a fisherman from North Lake, PEI who scribbles poems and stories on the side. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, and is an alumnus of the Banff Centre’s Writing With Style and Emerging Writers’ Intensive Programs. A past recipient of the Milton Acorn Poetry Award, his work has appeared in the UPEI Arts Review, Villamere: the lowbrow magazine of high-end CanLit, the Puritan’s Town Crier, and CBC Radio.

Chris’ writing tends to focus on rural life, fishing, family, and relationships. George Elliot Clarke describes the work as “E.J. Pratt meets Charles Bukwoski” in what Richard Lemm says is “language both visceral and eloquent.” His debut poetry collection, WHAT YOUR HANDS HAVE DONE, will be released fall 2018 with Nightwood Editions.

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


PEIWG and Reading Street

Dear Authors, Guild Members, Colleagues, Writers, and Friends:

You’re Invited
The Reading Town Committee is soliciting writers and illustrators who would like to attend the Reading Street Festival, this Saturday, June 2nd, from 1-4 pm. In honour of the first Reading Street, the City of Charlottetown will be closing Queen Street between Cows Ice Cream and the Toronto Dominion bank in order to welcome performers, musicians and vendors to the area. It promises to be a fun family affair for all!

Authors with Works to Sell
Reading Town PEI is a branch of the National Reading Campaign, which aims to promote the love of reading through activities and organizations. As a supporter of Reading Town, the PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to invite our members to sell their books at our tables during the festival, and to host a book signing. This is a great chance to get your book out onto the streets of Prince Edward Island!

If you are interested in having your book promoted at Reading Street, please contact [email protected] to reserve your spot. Authors are asked to show up at 12:30 to get their books organized. We also ask that you share our news with all the literati in your life!

Looking forward to seeing you on the 2nd!

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.

Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards: Short List Announcement

The PEI Writers’ Guild is excited to announce the shortlist for the 31st Annual Cox and Palmer Island Literary Awards. The winners will be revealed at the gala awards ceremony taking place at the Rodd Charlottetown (75 Kent Street) on Saturday, May 26, from 7-10 PM.

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

Short-listed writers for adult categories (random order) are as follows:

L.M. Montgomery* PEI Literature for Children Award: Wendy Pobjoy, Margo Connors, Samantha Desjardins Joyce.

Milton Acorn Poetry Award: Roderick MacDonald, Wendy Pobjoy, Ann Howatt.

Maritime Electric Short Story Award: Victoria Goddard, Diana Clark, Emily Cann, Renee Blanchette.

Creative Non-Fiction Award: Anne MacCallum, Emily Jelliffe, Paul Vreeland, Kathryn Nazim.

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