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!

A Walk on the Edge: Sense of Place in Writing

Is Prince Edward Island a special place to be a writer? We think so. 

Join Laurie Brinklow, Co-ordinator, Institute of Island Studies and former book Publisher, Acorn Press, and Richard Lemm from the University of PEI Creative Writing Department, to delve into the mysteries of writing about place, and in particular, Islandness. Both authors have written and published extensively on P.E.I., where they live and work. For full bios, visit: Faculty






Image header: Stanhope, PEI National Park – Photo by Sean Landsman
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The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce funding from Innovation PEI for five bursaries to attend Wild Threads Writing Symposium, a national writing symposium taking place this summer in Charlottetown. Two of these bursaries are specifically for Indigenous writers.

Writers from all stages of their career, along with nationally acclaimed writing facilitators, will gather in Charlottetown for the first annual Wild Threads Writing Symposium from August 22 to August 25.

The symposium, which also have the support of the University of Prince Edward Island, the Bookmark, and Reading Town PEI, includes author workshops facilitated by some of Canada’s most established writers in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and storytelling.

Additionally, there will be panel sessions where industry professionals will speak to current and emerging publishing trends, the publishing industry in 2019–2020, and marketing and branding for authors.

Mo Duffy Cobb, PEI Writers’ Guild President, is thrilled to offer these bursaries. “The PEI Writers’ Guild exists to support writers from Prince Edward Island, and, thanks to the generosity of Innovation PEI, we are able to allow five Island writers to attend a national writing symposium at no cost to them. Participants are going to benefit from not only the talented writing faculty who are coming from all over the country, but also from the shared experiences of being with fellow creatives, and we are very excited to remove the financial barrier of this symposium for five Island writers.”

Some of the confirmed facilitators include George Elliott Clarke, Anne Simpson, Pauline Dakin, Julie Pellissier-Lush (current Poet Laureate of PEI), and Sharon McKay. In addition, Richard Lemm and Laurie Brinklow will add their voices to the workshop choral in offering a discussion on sense of place in writing, and specifically, “Islandness”. Hilary McMahon, a literary agent from WestWood Creative Artists and Craig Pyette, an editor with Random House Canada, will be offering workshops, as well as Island entrepreneur, Patti Larsen.

To apply for one of these bursaries, the PEI Writers’ Guild is asking interested writers to submit a letter of intent, describing a vision for their artistic contributions to the writing and publishing industries on PEI, as well as a 5–page sample of their work, which can be a short story, personal essay, or up to three poems. Those interested in one of the two bursaries for Indigenous writers are asked to state so on their letter of intent. Applications should be emailed by June 15 to peiwritersguild@gmail.com or mailed in to 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown, C1A 4R3.

Registration for Wild Threads is now open. To attend the four-day symposium, which includes an evening cocktail welcome party, a faculty public reading, a Sunday brunch, and open mic experience is $325 (+ tax) for PEIWG members, $375 (+ tax) for non-members, and $325 (+ tax) for seniors and students. Please note that travel and accommodations are not included in this fee (there is a group rate available with the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel).

Spaces are limited, so the PEI Writers’ Guild encourages interested participants to register early. For more information and to register, please visit the Wild Threads website (wildthreadscreativewriting.com).


Mo Duffy Cobb
PEI Writers’ Guild President

Press Release by Christine Gordon Manley.