PEI Writers’ Guild Celebrates Third Edition of Wild Threads Literary Festival 

For Immediate Release

SUMMARY – The PEI Writers’ Guild brings Canadian icons Peter Mansbridge and Steve Patterson of CBC’s The Debaters to Charlottetown, offers workshops and events to local writers from September 15-18th.  

(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE) August 19th, 2022—The PEI Writers’ Guild is proud to announce that Wild Threads Literary Festival is in its third edition , presenting four days of signature events, workshops, an open mic, a reception and even the addition of the  Brunchy Sunday Readings. 

To kick-off the festivities on Thursday, September 15th, everyone is welcome to the Wild Threads Literary Festival’s opening reception — a chance to mingle with the artistic team and presenters. Immediately following this, Wild Threads is proud to present an In-Conversation with Peter Mansbridge, hosted by PEI’s own CBC television darling, Louise Martin. Brought to you by Simon & Schuster and PEI’s well loved independent bookstore, the Bookmark, this event will be free for the public to enjoy. 

Celebrating the immense talent of Black writers on the Island, on Friday evening, Wild Threads will be presenting the Black Voices Writers’ Circle at the new Charlottetown Library Learning Centre. Through R&B, Hip-Hop, poetry and storytelling, this experience aims to highlight the many ways in which Black writers express themselves within their own community and the world while celebrating their artistic and literary genius. This event will also showcase musical guest stars the Umbrella Collective, R&B powerhouse Kierrah, and special guest star Vince the Messenger.

The Saturday at Wild Threads is dedicated to comedy writers with appearances by CBC’s The Debaters’  Steve Patterson, local author & comedian Patrick Ledwell, This Hour Has 22 Minutes writer Meg MacKay, all of which will be hosted by the PEI Writers’ Guild’s very own Executive Director, Shawn Hogan. 

Workshops during the weekend will include publishing powerhouse Lesley Choyce of Pottersfield Press, who will give an address “Creating Memorable Characters”, and Genevieve Loughlin of Pownal Street Press, who will speak on “Bringing Your Book to Market”. A third option for workshops will include PEI’s own fisherman and writer Chris Bailey, who will discuss process and production in poetry, whether your medium is the city or the sea. The PEI Writers’ Guild is also happy to host two  Write-In events, for writers who are looking to meet others and to commune with their works-in-progress.  The first will take place on the Thursday and the second will take place on the Friday.

The Wild Threads Festival is presented by The PEI Writers’ Guild and funded in part by  Innovation PEI as well as the  PEI Events Innovation Fund. “We’re very pleased to  have a lot more publishers on board this year,” says Artistic Director, Mo Duffy Cobb, “Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Mawenzi House, Nimbus Publishing and Pownal Street Press are all making contributions.” Special thanks  to the PEIWG’s Wild Threads Steering Committee and PEI’s independent bookstore, the Bookmark.

Sunday’s events will close with a “Brunchy Sunday Readings”, featuring Palestinian poet Fareh Malik, Nova Scotia’s brilliant indigenous writer, Rebecca Thomas and musical guests Inn Echo. Writers and creators are then invited to sign-up for the Wild Threads Open Mic, hosted by founder and longtime member of the PEI Writers’ Guild, Laurie Brinklow. 

For more information on Wild Threads Literary Festival, and for tickets to events, please visit the Wild Threads Literary Festival website (www.wildthreadsliteraryfestival.com), the PEI Writers’ Guild website (peiwritersguild.com), or find us on Facebook. 


ABOUT THE PEI WRITERS’ GUILD

The Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild (PEIWG) is a dynamic organization dedicated to promoting the growth and quality of literary arts on PEI.

Contact:

Shawn Hogan 

Executive Director, PEI Writers’ Guild

peiwritersguild@gmail.com

peiwritersguild.com

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Announcing the 2021 Schedule

The PEI Writers’ Guild is proud to present the Wild Threads Literary Festival for 2021
Registration packages will be announced shortly!

*This schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

12:30 pmRegistration at Haviland Club
1-2:30 pm Christine Gordon Manley
Editing: Inclusive Language and Best Practices
1-2:30 pmSadie McCarney Finders Keepers: A Found Text Writing Workshop  
4-6 pmRegistration (location TBD) & Welcome Reception
6:15 pm The Laureates: In Conversation with Present and Past Poet Laureates, featuring Julie Pellissier-Lush, Tanya Davis & Deirdre Kessler

Friday, August 27th, 2021

7-8:15 Morning yoga with Terrilee Bulger
8:30-9 Registration at Haviland Club
9-10:15 Deirdre Kessler, Writing for Children  
9-10:15David Huebert, Eco-fiction
9-10:15 Christine Gordon Manley, Editing: Working with Book Length Texts
11:00-12 Art Talk with Tanya Davis
11:00-12 Poetry of the Breath with Trevor Corkum & Joshua Lewis
12-1 pm Lunch Break
1:30-2:30VIRTUAL: Publishing Trends in 2021 with Jared Bland (McLelland & Stewart)
3-4:00VIRTUAL: Elephants in the Living Room & Skeletons in the Closet: Writing About Family
with Euphemia Fantetti
3-4:00Perfecting the Pitch with Shaun Bradley with Transatlantic Agency
4-4:15 Coffee Break
4:15-4:30 Regional Publishing Panel with Bren Simmers (Island Studies Press) and
Terrilee Bulger (Nimbus) Moderated by John Flood
8-10pmWild Threads Inspired: Public Readings. Featuring Deborah Langston, David Huebert & Georges Arsenault. Special

Saturday, August 28th, 2021

7-8:15amMorning yoga with Terrilee Bulger
9-10:15am Money Talks: The Art of Grant Writing with Julie Bull
9-10:15VIRTUAL: Creating Unforgettable Moments in YA with Andre Fenton
9-10:15Poetry of the Breath with Trevor Corkum & Joshua Lewis
10:15-11:00Coffee break
11-12Deep Diving: Songwriting as Medicine: An Interactive Conversation with Tara MacLean (Old Triangle)
1:30-2:30VIRTUAL: Mystery Workshop with Cynthia Good
3-4pmVIRTUAL: The Courage Room: Writing and Health for the Body-Mind-Spirit with Karen Connelly
3-4 pmWriting as a Call to Action with El Jones
3-4 pmThe Legacy of LM Montgomery with Deirdre Kessler
4:30-5:30First Page Challenge. Guest panel Genevieve Loughlin (Acorn), Lori Mayne & Shaun Bradley
8-10pmWild Threads Cabaret: featuring Tanya Davis, El Jones, Tara MacLean. Hosted by Fraser McCallum

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

10am- 12 pm Personal & Professional Branding for Market & Audience with Patti Larsen /
One-on-one pitch sessions with Agent Shaun Bradley (Sign up details to come)
3-5 pm Wild Threads Participants Open Mic & Social (Hosted by Julie Bull)

Many thanks to our funding partners.

See You in 2021

Dear Friends,

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.

Your truly,

Mo Duffy Cobb
Artistic Director of Wild Threads &
President, PEI Writers’ Guild

Participants Open Mic

It was hard to describe the feeling as all thirty-one participants gathered at a family cottage in Stratford, for our final official event to listen to each other’s work. Sharon McKay, the keynote speaker for the event, left us with parting words, and we delved into poems, the short stories and the memoir, which drew many of us out to Wild Threads.

Panels & Workshops, Saturday

Author Roundtable

Saturday morning began at the Carriage House at Beaconsfield with Craig Pyette sitting in conversation with Pauline Dakin, Julie Pellissier-Lush, Anne Simpson, and George Elliott Clarke.

George Elliott Clarke

Back to the Haviland for Workshop

Late morning of Saturday in Charlottetown brought three more workshops, Pauline Dakin on Using audio to promote your writing, Julie Pellissier-Lush on Building the Legend, and Anne Simpson in Radical Revision to Discover Strangeness in Poetry.

During the brown bag lunch, Patti Larsen offered a workshop of Outlining Your Novel. Afternoon sessions included pitch sessions with Hilary McMahon, Liberating Genre with George Elliott Clarke, A Walk on the Edge with Richard Lemm & Laurie Brinklow, and Living the Artist’s Life, with PEI’s Poet Laureate, Julie Pellissier-Lush.

Seafood, laughs and a crow parade

Dinner at the Rowe House in Charlottetown was an opportunity for faculty and participants to meet and mingle. Coupled with our outdoor art festival, Art In The Open, Charlottetown boasted her charm with fresh seafood, culture, and vibrant conversation.