Stir of Shadows by Jaime Lee Mann – BOOK LAUNCH

Bestselling middle-grade fantasy author Jaime Lee Mann started writing down the bedtime stories she told her daughters when she realized they couldn’t get enough of the tales. Now she is preparing for the release of the sixth title in the beloved Legend of Rhyme series, Stir of Shadows. This magical tale full of mermaids and witches, pixies and phoenixes, and several special sets of twins is already enthralling advance reviewers both young and adult, and creating buzz around the latest plot twist: a bi-racial same-sex romance.

“Over the past four years, as I’ve gone through the process of writing and promoting this series, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many children who love to read,” says Jaime. “I’ve been feeling an even greater responsibility with each of these books to use my voice to inspire children to think more broadly, touching on environmental issues, feminism, mental health awareness, and wolves in sheep’s clothing. I wrote this particular book with the clear intention of wanting every child who reads it to be able to relate to the story on some level, hence the same-sex relationship, more sibling rivalry, and the consequences of making poor decisions.”

To fully enjoy the Legend of Rhyme series, Jaime encourages new readers to begin with the first book in the series, Elora of Stone, before moving on to Into Coraira, Teagan of Tomorrow, Second Twin, and Blood and Stars.

Stir of Shadows is published by Blue Moon Publishers and marketed by DigiWriting, and will be launching September 20th at 6:30pm, at the Confederation Centre Public Library.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Orysia Dawydiak

Orysia Dawydiak will be the first featured reader of the new season at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7pm at the Receiver Coffee Co.,128 Richmond St. in Charlottetown.

Orysia has always been a keen student of human and animal behaviour. Her first novel was inspired by the story of her parents’ emigration from Europe to Canada after World War II, and how their traumas and culture shaped them and affected their offspring. She also writes for young people – from life on an island sheep farm, to coastal fishing communities where the possibilities of alternate life forms become real. She is currently working on two memoirs, one of them about a remarkable Turkish working dog who travelled the world.

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, Orysia will read. The PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

Villains: The Characters We Love to Hate – a New Workshop From Author Anne Emery

What drives a good crime-mystery novel? The answer is obvious: a really bad, nasty, devious, twisted, elusive villain who’s always one step ahead of our poor hero as they desperately try to re-establish order and protect the innocent.

The PEI Writers’ Guild will present a day-long writing workshop on this topic on October 13 at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown. It will be led by Anne Emery, a Halifax lawyer and award-winning author of the Collins-Burke mystery series.

Her ninth novel, Lament for Bonnie, is now available in hard cover. Anne has won a number of awards and writing prizes, including the 2007 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel for her novel Sign of the Cross. Find out more about Anne here.

Anne will explore the factors that contribute to engaging villains, and how villains can be used to drive a story narrative. Participants will be tasked with defining what they enjoy in a villain, sharing villains in their own stories, and will be given the opportunity to create new villains based on the material covered in the workshop.

Registration will open soon! Check back here for details.

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

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.