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
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.
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?
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.
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.