WE ARE SO DISAPPOINTED TO HAVE TO CANCEL THIS EVENT DUE TO THE RECENT COVID OUTBREAK, WE HOPE TO BRING OUR PERFORMANCE POETS AND PROSE READERS BETTER LUCK IN 2021.
Please join host Keith Burgoyne for an evening of Open Mic and
bookish chatter at UPEI's finest,The Fox & Crow.
Usually we have a featured reader at our Open Mics, but since
we haven't been together for a long while, we thought we
might mix it up a bit. We'd like to take the chance to
get the crowd warmed up, hear some new poets,
novelists or memoirists and give away a few Christmas
treasures, of course!
This event is free! The first ten writers to sign up may
read from their work— poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes.
If you would like to read, please show up early,
we will take signs up between 6-7 pm.
Don't forget to register (it's free!) on Eventbrite
for this event, and follow our Facebook event page for recent
updates: PEIWG on Facebook
See you there!
EVENTBRITE LINK TO REGISTER
Not only is October filled with apple picking, scarecrows, and cranberry sauce, but this month of the harvest also sees an abundance of family literacy events take place throughout the province. The Reading Street initiative involved a series of ten events, funded by TD Bank Group and facilitated through the Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild (PEIWG), that celebrated family literacy. To cap off this busy month of literacy and reading focused events, the Guild is hosting an Island-wide Read-a-thon on November 1st.
“Read-a-thons are quite popular in the online space,” explains PEIWG president Christine Gordon Manley. “Basically, you commit to setting aside a certain timeframe on a given day to read. Some read-a-thons can last for up to 24 hours, with participants planning their reads and snacks weeks ahead of time, but we’re making ours a family friendly event and going with two hours.”
On Sunday, November 1, from 1:30pm–3:30pm, Islanders participating in the Read-a-thon will simply be asked to dive into a book. During the event, readers can send photos of themselves and their family reading, their reading nooks, any furry reading buddies, and their reading snacks of choice to the Guild for a chance to win prizes.
“We’re asking participants to engage with us online using the hashtag #PEIReadAthon. Tag us on Twitter and Instagram, and use this hashtag for a chance to win some pretty fabulous prizes from our event sponsors: Seaside Books (Summerside), the Comic Hunter (Charlottetown), the Bookman (Charlottetown), and Buttercup Café & Books (Beach Point),” says Gordon Manley.
Since this is an online event, there is no requirement to register ahead of time.
“All you have to do is grab a book and read…and possibly win a prize,” states PEIWG Executive Director Mo Duffy Cobb. “During a time that sees so much change and uncertainty, we wanted to do something that can still go ahead during the pandemic and that encourages families to set time aside to read.”
For more information, please see the Event Page off of the PEI Writers’ Guild Facebook Page.
Reading Street: A Storybook Adventure Across PEI
Reading Street (The-Artist-Formerly-Known-as-Reading-Town) is a community event focused on promoting literacy in Charlottetown and across PEI. In 2018 and 2019, vendors, exhibitors, games, activities, cultural programming and workshops came together to make reading and learning fun for the whole family. It was an inclusive, bilingual event with more than a dozen partners from various facets of the community and business sector.
This year, COVID-19 has influenced us to change our tune. While Reading Street still wants to develop stronger community partnerships and create our carnival style event, this year, we have the opportunity to share our love of reading with pockets of happy readers. With micro-grants of funding up to $500, TD and the PEI Writers’ Guild will help market your event and together we can continue creating successful family reading experiences, across Prince Edward Island’s centres!
For the Love of Reading
Reading Street: A Storybook Adventure Across PEI experiences will be unique and innovative. Your programming can be any reading-themed activity, a games corner for the kids, a reading nook for families, an author reading, a participative craft, or a cultural stage featuring literacy or a storytelling related performance, such as programming from the Acadian or First Nations communities.
The overarching goals of Reading Street are to promote reading and literacy as a fun, accessible priority for the whole family. Partner organizations / businesses should be venues that are easily accessible to families, and located in the Charlottetown or Summerside areas. The event should be free, and we encourage events in English, French, or even events that celebrate other cultures or languages— any event that targets family literacy.
How to Apply
The PEI Writers’ Guild will be accepting applications for their events until September 21st, and all events must take place in the month of October.
Visit us at www.peiwritersguild.com or email email@example.com for more information, or head straight to our application Google Form: Reading Street Application
The PEI Writers’ Guild can only accept projects that are based in Charlottetown or Summerside, which covers the branch footprint of the TD Bank Group.
Keep Gatherings Safe
With all applications, an operational plan must be submitted. Physical distancing, hand sanitizers and guidelines from the province of P.E.I. must be adhered to, in accordance with the Chief Health Public Officer. For an operational plan template, please visit: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/publication/covid-19-operational-plan-template
APPLY HERE: https://forms.gle/wLPJ69m42pKtuvgh8
The PEI Writers' Guild is thrilled to announce that the Awards Gala for the Island Literary Awards, PEI Book Awards, and the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People will be available for viewing on the Island Literary Awards (www.facebook.com/IslandLiteraryAwards), the PEI Public Library Service (www.facebook.com/PEILibrary) and the PEI Writers' Guild (www.facebook.com/peiwritersguild) Facebook pages on Saturday, June 6th!
Given the COVID-19 crisis, the Island Literary Awards committee decided not to host in-person awards ceremonies this year in order to ensure everyone’s health and safety.
The committee has been actively busy revamping the awards, and these will be broken out into three different segments:
The online awards ceremonies will include many of the same elements as our in-person events. During the online ceremonies, Islanders will still be honoured for their work. First-place winners will have an excerpt of their work read, and all award recipients will still have the chance to hear what the jurors had to say about their submission. A digital copy of the program will be made available online and a hard copy will be mailed to all award recipients after the ceremony as a souvenir.
We invite you to share this information wide and far with family members, friends, and co-workers everywhere. By making these available online, our events will now be available worldwide! Our Island writers, as well as our sponsors and supporters, will not only get recognized here on our gentle isle, but also all over the world as anyone will be able to tune in and help us celebrate PEI literary achievement.
Your support towards the arts has never been more important as it is during these trying times. As the world turned dark, we turned to the arts, and we’re seeing this more and more with artists coming together to provide light to many in a time of uncertainty. Musicians are providing free online concerts. Artists are offering free virtual art classes. Dancers are encouraging people to express themselves through movement with free online classes. Authors are reading to people online. The arts community is known for rallying together, and it is so important to recognize them and offer them support now more than ever!
Stay safe—together we will get through this! And with the help of our artistic community, we can bring some light into the dark.
We look forward to celebrating our Island writers on Saturday, June 6th!
Charlottetown, PE – May 6, 2020 - The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce the shortlist for both the Island Literary Awards, as well as the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. Island writers will be recognized during award galas, which will take place online in the weeks to come.
During the Island Literary Awards, adults will be recognized for excellence in Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Literature for Children, Short Story, and Indigenous Writing.
Short-listed writers for adult categories are as follows:
The Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Literature for Children Award: Eric Leamont, Gretha Rose, Hannah Stiff, Ian Stretch, Jessica Mutch
Confederation Court Mall Merchants Association Poetry Award: Emily Browning, Emily Cann, Kelly Kieran Sampson, Megan Gallant, Nick vanOuwerkerk
Maritime Electric Short Story Award: Chris Wilson, Jennifer Platts-Fanning, Katie Mac
Creative Non-Fiction Award: Ivy Wigmore, Kelly Kieran Sampson, Mark Enman, Matthew Sherman, Samantha Desjardins Joyce
Acorn Press Marie Coyoteblanc Indigenous Writing Award: Michael Sima, Richard Pellissier-Lush
Réshard Gool Award for Creative Writing: Monika Stewart
Joseph Sherman Award: Dan & Marlene MacDonald
Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts of PEI: Rob MacLean & Melissa Mullen
Youth in Early Elementary, Late Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High will be honoured for their excellence in literary arts during the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People.
Short-listed writers for the youth categories are as follows:
Early Elementary: Ben Bowman
Late Elementary: Alyson Scott, Elle Flick, Juliette Martinez-Kydd, Lauren Elizabeth Graham, Sam Bowman
Junior High: Eleena Lunn, Jordan Dingwell, Khai Phan, Sheamus Herlihy, Vy Nguyen Tran
Senior High: Arielle Dunn, Marley Lucas, Megan Gallant
Champion of Reading AwardThis year, the PEI Writers’ Guild is accepting nominations for the Champion of Reading Award. This award recognizes an individual in the community who champions reading as being essential to the quality of our lives and to our ability to take our place on the world stage.
Nominations are being accepted until May 21st and the winner will be revealed during the Island Literary Awards taking place in the upcoming weeks. Previous winners of the Champion of Reading Award include Deirdre Kessler (2019), Barb Kissick (2018), Roseanne Gauthier (2017) and Jinny Greaves (2016). For more information and to submit your potential candidate, visit - https://tinyurl.com/yaa2b24p
PEI Book AwardsSince 2006, the Prince Edward Island Book Awards have celebrated the best in books by Prince Edward Islanders. These awards are given in out every two years and, this year, they will hand out awards in four categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Children's Literature. The PEI Book Awards will be handed out during the Island Literary Awards.
For over 30 years, the Island Literary Awards have recognized the best in Island writing by writers of all ages. Cash prizes are awarded to individuals who place first, second, and third in both the adult and young people’s awards categories. Many past award winners are now published authors.
Please follow the Island Literary Awards on Facebook (@IslandLiteraryAwards), on Twitter (@IslandLiterary) or visit peiwritersguild.com for more information.
It is with heavy hearts that we at the PEI Writers’ Guild must announce that Wild Threads will not be presenting a literary festival on Prince Edward Island in 2020. Working with the new public health measures of no mass gatherings, we knew that we would not be able to hold our festival this year.
The good news is that most of our Wild Threads presenters that were booked for this year are still interested in joining us next year, in 2021. Thus at that time, we will be presenting a dynamic and rich pattern of panels, workshops, and community readings for you to enjoy. There will be more news on the rollout of 2021 in the weeks and months to come.
We are so thankful to our funding partners and corporate sponsors, and all friends of Wild Threads who have been contacting us to offer support. We look forward to brighter days when we will see you writing your ways to our shores again.
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that the writing community on Prince Edward Island and around the world is resilient. It has pushed us towards new competency, new life goals, and in some ways, a new normal.
I will close with the words of L.M. Montgomery, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”
Mo Duffy Cobb
Artistic Director of Wild Threads &
President, PEI Writers’ Guild
The PEI Writers’ Guild Board of Directors have been thinking of ways to connect the writing community across PEI at a time when we’re not meeting face to face, and we’re starting with the poets. April is poetry month, after all!
Here’s how it works:
1. Take a video of yourself (or someone else) reading a poem. You can read an original poem of yours or share a favourite poem, penned by someone else (just please state who, to give them credit).
2. Send to us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Throughout the month of April, we’ll post these videos over on our main PEI Writers’ Guild Facebook page. Feel free to share them and fill Facebook with poetry.
Tip: Please try to keep your video under 60 seconds—these are meant to be short videos.
ALSO, If you are a poet and would like to host a live reading event, we would love to support you. Please email us at email@example.com and we can chat logistics.
Remember, as Oscar Wilde once said, “a poet can survive everything but a misprint.”
Let’s lift the Island spirits through poetry! Who’s in?
NOTE: Facebook only allows Events to be in 2-week spurts, so we'll repost this half-way through the month.
Read more on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/286545479001987/
Listen to Ryan's Story on our YouTube channel here:
On Saturday, February 22nd, a new PEIWG workshop called, Framing Your Short Story, will teach young writers (ages 8–13) how to frame a story, from the beginning to the end. Bestselling middle-grade author Jaime Lee Mann will walk students through her personal process of writing books, paying particular attention on the outline.
By the end of the day, students will have a ten-page short story outlined.
This workshop is perfect for anyone thinking about submitting to the Island Literary Awards (deadline: Feb 28!), as it will help spark the initial idea and framework needed to guide the story.
The workshop will run on Saturday, February 22nd at the Haviland Club, from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Cost is $45; please bring pencils / pens and a notebook.
When Jaime Lee Mann was nine years old, she decided she would be an author when she grew up. Her first novel was Elora of Stone. JL (as her family calls her) lives in a pretty house in Prince Edward Island with her husband and two daughters. In addition to writing her own creative fiction, JL also co-owns a writing and editing business, called Manley Mann, where she writes books and things for other people. Now that the Legend of Rhyme series is complete, JL is working on a new series of books, this time, for a YA audience.
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-
Lush, this 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.
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.
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