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.
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
|12-1 pm||Registration at Haviland Club|
|1-2:30 pm||Christine Gordon Manley|
Editing: Inclusive Language and Best Practices
|1-2:30 pm||Sadie McCarney Finders Keepers: A Found Text Writing Workshop|
|4-6 pm||Registration (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|
|9-10:15||David 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|
|1:30-2:30||VIRTUAL: Publishing Trends in 2021 with Jared Bland (McLelland & Stewart)|
|3-4:00||VIRTUAL: Elephants in the Living Room & Skeletons in the Closet: Writing About Family |
with Euphemia Fantetti
|3-4:00||Perfecting the Pitch with Shaun Bradley with Transatlantic Agency|
|4:15-4:30||Regional Publishing Panel with Bren Simmers (Island Studies Press) and |
Terrilee Bulger (Nimbus) Moderated by John Flood
|8-10pm||Wild Threads Inspired: Public Readings. Featuring Deborah Langston, David Huebert & Georges Arsenault. Special|
Saturday, August 28th, 2021
|7-8:15am||Morning yoga with Terrilee Bulger|
|9-10:15am||Money Talks: The Art of Grant Writing with Julie Bull|
|9-10:15||VIRTUAL: Creating Unforgettable Moments in YA with Andre Fenton|
|9-10:15||Poetry of the Breath with Trevor Corkum & Joshua Lewis|
|11-12||Deep Diving: Songwriting as Medicine: An Interactive Conversation with Tara MacLean (Old Triangle)|
|1:30-2:30||VIRTUAL: Mystery Workshop with Cynthia Good|
|3-4pm||VIRTUAL: The Courage Room: Writing and Health for the Body-Mind-Spirit with Karen Connelly|
|3-4 pm||Writing as a Call to Action with El Jones|
|3-4 pm||The Legacy of LM Montgomery with Deirdre Kessler|
|4:30-5:30||First Page Challenge. Guest panel Genevieve Loughlin (Acorn), Lori Mayne & Shaun Bradley|
|8-10pm||Wild 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.
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
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.
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.
Wild Threads: Free Public Readings
Friday night, participants joined all eight faculty members, who read from their work in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Special guest musician Scott Parsons performed with George Elliott Clarke, and Master of Ceremonies was Prince Edward Island Past President, Keith Burgoyne. Books were available, sponsored by our friend, Dan from the Bookmark.
Art Installations by Phillippa Jones