Program Overview

Presented by Innovation PEI, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the City of Charlottetown and more, this four-day literary experience includes author workshops facilitated by some of Canada’s most established writers in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and storytelling. 

We will also be rounding out our workshops with panel sessions, where industry professionals will speak to current and emerging publishing trends, the publishing industry in 2020, and marketing and branding solutions for authors. Some will be in person, some will be virtual, and all will be sure to electrify and inspirit both emerging and established writers, and readers.

For the 2021 Schedule, please visit: https://wildthreadsliteraryfestival.com/2021/07/19/_2021schedule/

Wild Threads Literary Festival 2021 will be taking place in Charlottetown from Thursday August 26th-Sunday August 29th, 2021

Festival Workshops

Terrilee Bulger
Jared Bland

Deep Diving: Songwriting as Medicine
with Singer Songwriter Tara MacLean

This workshop is an interactive conversation about how songwriting can be done by anyone as a way to access and move internal emotional blockages. Songwriting is a healing modality that I have used as a life raft for 35 years to make sense of my experience of the world. Now, more than ever, songs are pushing at us from inside, asking to be released into a world that deeply needs them.

Art Talk with Tanya Davis

Join musician, poet and performer Tanya Davis to explore the mysteries of creative process. Known for her soothing voice, her musical cadence, and a compelling way with words, Tanya has been bringing poetry to unsuspecting places, merging powerful yet simple language with a desire to honestly explore, and articulate, the human experience.


THURSDAY, AUG 26TH, 2021, 6:45 pm.

Join Poet Laureates past & present Deirdre Kessler, Tanya Davis & Julie Pellissier Lush for an intimate conversation about the pleasures and perils of the position. Moderated by Jane Ledwell, this discussion will delve into how poety connects to the community—as comfort, celebrant, and witness. 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27th, 1:30-2:30 pm

Jared Bland, Senior Editor at MacLelland & Stewart does a deep dive into the post-COVID publishing industry, and looks at the coming trends in publishing in 2021. In this Q&A format, writers will be invited to submit to the questions to a PEIWG moderator and hopefully gain some clarity on the publishing process, from querying and editorial selection through to a successful book launch.

THURSDAY, AUG 27TH, 4:30-5:15

Atlantic publishers Bren Simmers of Island Studies Press and Terrilee Bulger of Nimbus and Acorn join us to talk about trends in the region. Moderated by Island writer John Flood, this panel examines how Atlantic publishers are the same, how they’re different or as we say in PEI, does it all come out in the wash

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28TH, 2021, 4:30-5:30

Have a piece already started? Time to get it checked out by our panel of experts. Genevieve Loughlin from Acorn Press, Lori Mayne from the University of PEI and Shaun Bradley from Transatlantic Literary Agency will all tell you what they like to see and hear on the page. This lively in-conversation is designed to give writers a few ideas and they head home to their own work. Keep posted for our submission guidelines and deadline.