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.
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
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.
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:
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!