Call For Applications: PEI-Tasmania Writer-in-Residence-Exchange

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MAY 31, 2017

This year, a PEI writer will be selected by the Tasmania Writers’ Centre to serve as the PEI Writer-in-Residence in Tasmania. The residency is co-sponsored by: the Tasmania Writers’ Centre; the University of Tasmania; and the UPEI Faculty of Arts, Department of English, and Institute of Island Studies.

Details on the position and how to apply, can be found here:  PEI – Tasmania Writer-in-Residence-Exchange.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Poetry Month!

deirdre-open-micIn celebration of National Poetry Month, the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild welcomes writers to share their best poems at the April open mic. Poet Laureate Deirdre Kessler will host the event, which takes place Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., Charlottetown.

Kessler is the author of over two-dozen books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including Mother Country, a memoir; Afternoon Horses, poetry; and 17 books for young people, including Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice award-winning Brupp Rides Again and Lobster in My Pocket. During the evening, Kessler plans to read two poems about Softy, a Shetland-Welsh pony.

The evening will also feature four poets from UPEI:

• Angela Deighan works at the University of Prince Edward Island and has taken several creative writing courses. She enjoys writing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. She sees both her life and writing as a series of FrankenSTANZAS that she hopes one day to string together shouting “It’s alive” in the form of a memoir or short novella. Her ultimate life goal is to become the next Tina Fey.

• Kandace Hagen is a gay single mom and perpetual student, who has only recently become brazen enough to refer to herself as a writer. She has been using poetry and prose as tools to explore themes of empowerment and abuse within queer sexuality.

• Andrew MacIsaac divides his creative life between East Point and the capital. Oppressive shyness has been kind to him. As a young lad, while other children played, Andrew could only dream of participating. This secured an approach to living rooted in artful observation. His literary aspirations include remaining upright on the precarious beam that separates — or connects — poetry and lyric, as well as opening a Maritime chapter of the Pale Poets Society.

• Angie MacLaren grew up in eastern P.E.I. She lives in Charlottetown and keeps busy working full time as a family doctor while raising three children with her husband, Peter.

All are welcome to this free event. Writers may sign up to read their poetry for three to five minutes. There will be a short break mid-evening to enjoy some of the Receiver’s delicious offerings.

The May open mic will take place on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m., to coincide with Reading Town P.E.I.’s Reading Week activities.

Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People Shortlist Announcement

Island youth will be recognized for their excellence in the literary arts at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People on Saturday, April 29. This year’s gala will run from 1:30-3 p.m. at Studio One, Confederation Centre of the Arts and will be hosted by Deirdre Kessler, Poet Laureate of P.E.I.

Short List for Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People (random order):

Early Elementary: Senali Ranujana, Zoe Lanz, Shaelyn-Rae Russell, Cora VanEyk, Dominic Hardy.

Late Elementary: Ethan Mackinnon, Laurel Wigmore, William Beardsley, Sophia Li.

Junior High: Keridwen Campbell, Haley MacQuarrie, Aiden O’Kane, Jimmy Hulton, Eris Liu.

Senior High: Sebastien Saez, Shelby Downe, Alex Affonso, Naomi Dreise, Bret Cheverie.

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People recognize excellence in creative writing by Island students.

Cash prizes are generously donated by members of the Island community.

The awards run as an extension of the Cox and Palmer Island Literary Awards, an event of the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild.

While the gala is free of charge, seating is limited.

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…

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