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.

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!

Writing as a Tool for Healing: A Life Writing Workshop with Trevor Corkum and Joshua Lewis

Writing our truth can be difficult, but telling our stories also offers profound possibility for healing and integration. Current research shows that the ability to construct meaningful stories from our lives has an important impact on our health and well-being.

In this day-long workshop, we’ll explore our stories through a variety of lenses. Responding to guided writing prompts, crafting short narratives, and reflecting on some of the difficult and joyful moments of our lives, we’ll consider how story can be a source of personal insight and supportive healing. The workshop structure will include both individual and small group activities, and will be supported by embodied-wellness activities like meditation, therapeutic yoga, and breathwork to anchor us more deeply into our experience. We’ll also consider how the various layers of our identities shape our stories of being in the world. Themes we will
explore together include ideas of being at home in our bodies, belonging, and connection to ourselves and others.

For more information or to register for this workshop, please check out the workshop page!

AGM and Celebrating the Bookmark

And now for a quick update on the AGM and the Bookmark, provided by our esteemed president, Keir Lowther:

The PEI Writers’ Guild executive would like to invite you to the 2016 Annual General Meeting being held on Saturday, June 11th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm at The Merchantman’s Next Door space at 56 Water Street. The meeting will go from 3:00pm – 4:30pm and will be followed by a Sociable, which will feature prizes and an open mic. Items on the agenda are the President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Ratification of Board Members, Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, and discussion of priorities and initiatives for the upcoming year. PEIWG memberships can be purchased at the AGM. Come alone, come with friends. All are welcome.

Before you hit up the AGM, we encourage you to stop by the Bookmark and show your love for one of our great cultural institutions.

In recognition of all that The Bookmark did to support another successful Reading Town PEI festival in 2016, Reading Town PEI is asking Islanders to join them in Shopping the Bookmark on Saturday, June 11th. From 9:00am to 5:30pm, you can shop for great beach reads for Summer 16, that birthday present you’ve been meaning to get, or do your Christmas shopping in June. Oh, and there will be prize draws and cake! Help them celebrate a cultural institution that has been putting books in the hands of Islanders since 1972.