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

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.

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