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

Workshops & Panels, Friday

Bright and early

Friday morning started off with a bang with four workshops running concurrently: The Rhythms of Dialogue with Pauline Dakin, Writing for Social Change with George Elliott Clarke, Opening into Vividness: Beginning Your Story, with Anne Simpson, and Storytelling: The Art of Knowledge with Julie Pellissier-Lush. Check out our slide show below.

Brown Bag Lunch with a Literary Agent

Hilary McMahon from Westwood Creative talked to a full room about how to write the perfect pitch letter to capture an agent’s interest.

Afternoon Sessions

It was a wonderful afternoon with Patti Larsen & her marketing specialist, Carly Martin for The Author as Entrepreneur. George Elliott Clarke explored using research in writing, in History as a Base for Poetry & Essay, Pauline Dakin examined scene-making in Using the Tools of Fiction in Nonfiction, and Anne asked us to listen carefully in, How Does the Story Speak?

Publisher’s Panel

The publisher’s panel involved the the state of publishing in Canada.

Craig Pyette, Senior Editor of Knopf / Random House Canada and Hilary McMahon, literary agent at Westwood Creative go over the acquisition process, Canadian trends, market conditions, and common practices. Moderated by Laurie Brinklow.

Welcome Reception

The Wild Threads Committee welcomed all of its authors and participants last night at a reception at Peake’s Quay in Charlottetown. We were thrilled to finally meet our guests of honour, Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative and Craig Pyette of Random House, from Toronto, authors Pauline Dakin and Anne Simpson from Nova Scotia, George Elliott Clarke, also from Toronto, and our resident Islanders, Richard Lemm, Laurie Brinklow and Sharon McKay.

We also got to meet our participants, who were from all over the province and country, including our youngest participant, who was just sixteen years old.

Anne Simpson Releases New Book of Poetry

Looking forward to Anne Simpson’s new book of poetry? So are we!

Anne’s new book, STRANGE ATTRACTOR will be available in stores on September 10th. Copies will be available at Wild Threads.

A stunning new work from the Griffin Poetry Prize-winning author of Loop and Is.

All of us are many selves within our lifetimes–one that is thrust upon us at birth, shaped during youth, and reconstructed throughout our lives. Who is this self? Who is this self in relation to others? In the coming-to-be of childhood or in the midst of illness, we face an unknown self within the one that is known. Even after death, we appear as fluid as water in the memories of those who knew us best. Strange Attractor reveals our multiple, shifting selves with power and tenderness, as if Simpson were showing us how to shed our skins.

Check out Anne’s new cover – Photo credit to Kate Waters.

Link to Penguin Random House website: Strange Attractor

Schedule Update

Summer on PEI has arrived!

The PEI Writers’ Guild has been working away on all the details for Wild Threads, and we are happy to bring you this update. Please note that there are a few optional events, and all participants registered will be send more information on how to sign up for those.

Please click on the following PDF to see updated schedule:

Wild Threads Updated Schedule

As you can see, it’s jam packed! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for updates.

If you are still considering registration, we are getting tight for space, but we do have room for a few more writers. Please click on our registration link to learn more: Register for Wild Threads

See you in August!