Battle Tales V: Battle Harder! The prompts are here…

This is it! The moment you have been waiting for. The runners have taken their marks…the starter’s pistol is raised high and straight…AND we are off!

Your THREE prompts for Battle Tales V: Battle Harder:

  1. A familiar song heard in an unexpected place
  2. A piece of advice from a stranger
  3. A traveller departing

And now it’s up to you. Maybe you’ve already plotted a narrative and can integrate the prompts effortlessly.  Maybe you’re starting from scratch, following an unidentified protagonist (or antagonist, it’s your choice) until the story starts. Maybe you’re starting with a song, or some wisdom passed along, or a destination.  Your story must incorporate all THREE prompts but after that, it’s all you.  Use them as a jumping off point, use them as a conclusion, use them in passing or use them as your primary proposition.  Use them creatively or use them passively, but be sure to use them in a way that blow our judge’s mind.

Perhaps Ray is at the airport, waiting in line at the café for a coffee before his flight.  The woman behind him, someone’s grandmother based on a barely overheard conversation at security, was humming Kendirck Lamar’s “Alright.” She tugged at his sleeve to catch his attention.  “Try the French roast,” she said, “it’s delicious”

Or something more tense, like Mal’s first job.  Fixer Joe, his prison connection who thought he had the makings of a great second story man, recommended him.  It was a four-man crew and the wiry guy with too much nervous energy was doing all the talking.  The mark was going out of town, leaving tonight.  Mal leaned back in his chair and could hear the big guy behind him, a boxer by the look of him, saying something under his breath.  Mal tuned the talker out as much as he could until he heard the big man mumbling the lyrics to “You’re So Vain.” He saw Mal and stopped, raised his shades and told him straight up “Don’t trust this fool.”

Or maybe it was the three days and four connecting flights that finally brought them all here.  The kids were on their bests for the entire trip in anticipation of this moment.  She saved for more than a year since she first took the children to see the movie, splurging only on the soundtrack and DVD.  It was all worth it.  They were primed to explode.  The kid at the ticket booth told her the first show of the day was always the best.  The snowman, two princesses and twenty dancers were bounding onto stage.  Jamie, five, was squirming like she had to pee.  Henrietta, who goes by Hank and had turned 4 last month, was holding her breath like a deep-sea diver.  The lights dimmed and the silent expectancy was broken immediately as Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” exploded from the speakers.

And these…are not good.  YOU can do much better.  We exit the arena and leave it to you, THE WORTHY, to battle harder.  But it must be a fair fight, so the rules, the regulations and the glory can be found HERE!  GOOD LUCK, MIGHTY BATTLERS!!!

Battle Tales V: Battle Harder

Battle Tales V: Battle Harder is a short story contest that will run January 19th at 12:01 am until January 26th at 11:59 pm.

Brought to you by the PEI Writers’ Guild, Battle Tales gives participants three writing prompts and one week to write a story for the chance to win all the glory this frantic, low-stakes contest has to offer.

Battle Tales is free to enter and submissions must be previously unpublished work, but after that, let your imaginations run wild!

Moreover, speaking of wild imaginations, this year’s judge will be author Patti Larsen who will be sharing some writing tips on the website.  Patti is an international, multiple-award-winning independent author of all things fiction with over a hundred titles in happy publication.  The winner will be featured on peiwritersguild.com and in their newsletter, will receive a year’s membership to the PEIWG and will lay claim to the much-coveted Battle Tales trophy.  Oh, there is also a knighting ceremony.

Stay tuned to more information on how to enter, updates and encouragement and most importantly, the battle prompts at www.peiwritersguild.com.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Clint Morrison

Clinton Morrison will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, February 13th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

J  Clinton “Clint” Morrison was born in the small rural community of Conway, PEI on February 9th, 1948. He was educated in a one-room public school before attending O’Leary Regional High in 1962. He is an Education and History graduate from Prince of Wales College and the University of Prince Edward Island and taught in PEI schools from 1968 to 2003. In 1997, he established Crescent Isle Publishers in Summerside.

Clint has been researching, writing, editing and publishing books on PEI history, genealogy, and poetry since 1975, and is the recipient of numerous major awards: the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation’s Award of Honour (1985); the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation’s Mary Cornfoot Brehaut Award (1996);  he is also the recipient of a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History (1985). He has contributed short stories and poetry to West Prince Arts Council publications, and has written several articles for The Island Magazine, published by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. He is also the author or general editor of twelve books on Island history. Clint has three children and lives in Summerside with his wife, Pearl.

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, Clint will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

The Magic of Story: A Workshop with Julie Pellissier-Lush

On Saturday, January 25th,  a new PEIWG workshop called, The Magic of Storytelling, explores the rich heritage of oral tradition.

Led by Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island and author Julie Pellissier-Lushthis day-long event will be a time of sharing, learning, and understanding the value of the written word and the spoken word.

“Storytelling is a way to teach and share information,” says Pellissier-Lush. “People will take what they need from the story to help them move forward on their journey.”

The Magic of Storytelling will give people an introduction to storytelling and writing skills to help them share their experiences better with others.

Are you a storyteller? Julie will begin with telling you some of her favourite stories, and then wants to hear one of yours. “Each participant will pick one of their favourite stories and write it down as they remember it,” Pellissier-Lush notes, as well as “take certain parts of a story, weave the magic into it, and share it back.” 

“We are all keepers of our stories, and we all have the ability to share them with love and passion. This workshop may help people start writing down their own stories more, with a new understanding of how important they are, and to present their stories with a new confidence,” Julie adds. 

The workshop will run on Saturday, January 25th, at the Haviland Club, from 9:00am until 4:00pm, with one hour for lunch. Cost is $50 for Guild members and $60 for non-members. To register, please visit: https://peiwritersguild.wildapricot.org/event-3626268


Julie Pellissier-Lush is an actress and bestselling author of ‘My Mi’kmaq Mother’. She writes, acts, and does photography to preserve the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq culture for future generations. Julie wrote the poems for the play Mi’kmaq Legends in 2010, which were showcased on the beautiful Charlottetown waterfront, and was performed over 100 times. Last year, Julie became the first indigenous Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island.  Julie lives in PEI with her husband Rick, her five children, and her granddaughter Miah.

 

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Paul Vreeland

Paul Vreeland will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, January 9th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Most of Paul Vreeland’s creative life has been spent as a writer. His poetry has been published in several Canadian journals and in three TWiG anthologies. He has written two chapbooks of poetry: Hydrostone Quartet and Mother-in-Law Suite, and has written of his experiences living in Haiti and West Africa in Smoked Herring and the Talking Dog published in The Caribbean Writer, and Awaiting Ziafo, a Grain Magazine creative non-fiction prize winner. After his mother’s passing, he compiled and edited a collection of her poetry, Something Will Occur, and in that same year published a debut novel, I’ll Tell You One Thing. The latter is available as a trade paperback and as an ebook from Amazon and from the Bookmark.

The late sculptor Carl Phyllis challenge Paul to write a piece with a happy ending, something he isn’t known for. The result was A Buck for the Babe which was published in the 2015 anthology Snow Softly Falling: Holiday Stories from Prince Edward Island.

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, Paul will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

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

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Sadie McCarney

Sadie McCarney will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, November 14th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Sadie McCarney’s poetry has appeared in publications including Literary Review of Canada, The Walrus, Prairie Fire, Grain, The Puritan, The Malahat Review, Plenitude, The Antigonish Review, EVENT, and Room, as well as in the anthologies The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015 and The Best of The Best Canadian Poetry in English. Poems of hers have been finalists for the Banff Centre/Bliss Carman Poetry Prize, the Far Horizons Award for Poetry, and the Walrus Poetry Prize. Sadie has received writing grants from Innovation PEI and the Canada Council for the Arts. In Fall of 2019, the University of Regina Press published Live Ones, her first book.

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, Sadie will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Jane Ledwell

Jane Ledwell will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, October 10th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Jane Ledwell is a writer and editor based in Charlottetown, where she lives with her partner, visual artist Stephen MacInnis, and their two children (AnnaSophia and Sam). She works full-time with the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, where she is executive director. She has contributed a monthly artist profile to The Buzz arts and entertainment magazine almost every month for twenty years. She has published three books of poetry, Last Tomato, Bird Calls, and, most recently, Return of the Wild Goose, and has contributed to numerous other books. She is a past recipient of the award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts.

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, Jane will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

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!

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Poet Laureate Julie Pellisier-Lush

Poet Laureate Julie Pellissier-Lush will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, September 12th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Julie Pellissier-Lush M.S.M. , Meritorious Service Medal recipient, actress, and bestselling author of My Mi’kmaq Mother, was born in Summerside, PEI in 1970. She grew up all over Eastern Canada and spent a number of years in Winnipeg Manitoba before coming home. Julie is a graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2000 with a double major in Psychology and Human Resource Management. She works with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI as a Community Consultant Coordinator. She writes, acts, and does photography to preserve the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq for future generations. Julie wrote the poems for the play Mi’kmaq Legends in 2010 and it is her hope that this play will someday travel all over Canada and beyond so more people have the opportunity to learn about the rich Mi’kmaq history!

In February 2019 Julie became the first Mi’kmaq Poet Laureate of PEI and she is loving every minute of sharing her culture and stories with many groups and events all over the Island. She lives in Winsloe, just outside of Charlottetown with her husband Rick, her five children, and her Granddaughter Miah.

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, Julie will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.