National Writing Symposium to Take Place in Prince Edward Island this Summer
The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce a national writing symposium in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, with nationally acclaimed writing facilitators, from August 22–25, 2019.
This summer, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island will play host to writers and writing instructors from across the country, as they gather for the first annual Wild Threads Writing Symposium.
Hosted and sponsored by the PEI Writers’ Guild and Innovation PEI, with the support of the University of Prince Edward Island, the Bookmark, and Reading Town PEI, this four-day experience (August 22–25, 2019) includes author workshops facilitated by some of Canada’s most established writers in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and storytelling.
Additionally, there will be panel sessions where industry professionals will speak to current and emerging publishing trends, the publishing industry in 2019–2020, and marketing and branding for authors.
Mo Duffy Cobb, PEI Writers’ Guild President, is thrilled to welcome writers of all levels from all over Canada to Prince Edward Island. “Our province is a literary gem,” she states. “Of course, we have the influence of Lucy Maud Montgomery, but there are other talented authors here too. Add to that, PEI’s iconic and beautiful landscape, and you have the perfect culture setting for inspiration and imagination. I’m excited for others all over Canada to come here, either as faculty or as students, and discover what a truly special cultural place Prince Edward Island is.”
Some of the confirmed facilitators include George Elliot Clarke, Anne Simpson, Pauline Dakin, Julie Pellissier Lush (current Poet Laurette of PEI), and Sharon McKay. In addition, Hilary McMahon, a literary agent from WestWood Creative Artists and Craig Pyette, an editor with Random House Canada, will be offering workshops.
Sessions include “Conquering the first chapter of your novel,” “Applying the tools of fiction to your memoir or biography,” “Using audio to promote your writing: podcasting in the digital age,” “Storytelling, performance, and building connection with the audience,” “From yes to press: Author contracts and reading the fine print,” “Self-publishing: Being your own boss” and a mini-pitch session with a literary agent.
Outside of instructional time, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in authentic Island experiences, such as a lobster supper, a storytelling bonfire, Mi’kmaq traditional storytelling and blessing, a local craft brewery tour, and a traditional PEI beach experience. Networking among participants, facilitators, and presenters will be an integral component of Wild Threads.
Registration for Wild Threads is now open. To attend the four-day symposium, which includes an evening cocktail welcome party, a faculty public reading, a Sunday brunch, and open mic experience is $325 (+ tax) for PEIWG members, $375 (+ tax) for non-members, and $325 for seniors and students. Please note that travel and accommodations are not included in this fee (there is a group rate available with the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel).
Thanks to a special grant from Innovation PEI, the PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to also offer 5 scholarships for registration to Wild Threads (these scholarships do not include travel or accommodation). Of these five, two are specifically reserved for Indigenous writers.
To apply for one of these bursaries, the PEI Writers’ Guild is asking interested writers to submit a letter of intent, describing a vision for their artistic contributions to the writing and publishing industries on PEI, as well as a 5–page sample of their work, which can be a short story, personal essay, or up to three poems. Those interested in one of the two bursaries for Indigenous writers are asked to state so on their letter of intent. Applications should be emailed by June 15 to [email protected] or mailed in to 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown, C1A 4R3.
Spaces are limited, so the PEI Writers’ Guild encourages interested participants to register early. For more information and to register, please visit the Wild Threads website (wildthreadscreativewriting.com).
Mo Duffy Cobb
PEI Writers’ Guild President