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.

Wild Threads Inspired: Faculty Readings

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.

Julie Pellissier- Lush, Wild Threads Inspired: Julie Pellissier-Lush

Art Installations by Phillippa Jones