Program Overview

Sponsored by the PEI Writers’ Guild and Innovation PEI, with the support of the University of Prince Edward Island and Reading Town PEI, this four-day experience 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.

The Lineup 

The PEI Experience

Outside of instructional time, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in authentic Island experiences, such as a lobster supper, walking tour of Charlottetown, Mi’kmaq traditional storytelling and blessing, a local craft brewery tour, and a traditional PEI beach experience. Networking among participants, facilitators, and presenters will be an integral component of Wild Threads.

Wild Threads will take place from August 22-25, 2019.


  • Conquering the first chapter of your novel 
  • Applying the tools of fiction to your memoir or biography
  • Using audio to promote your writing; podcasting in the digital age 
  • How does the story speak? Considering dialogue
  • Historical premise in poetry and essay
  • Radical writing as an agent for change 
  • Genre bending: Using music as a poetic tool
  • Storytelling, performance and building connection with the audience

Feature Panels

  • Publishing panel: advice about Canadian trends, market conditions, and common practices. 
  • Love vs. marketability: How editorial decisions are made 
  • What literary agents look for in works, what they look for in authors
  • Mini-pitch session with literary agent Hilary McMahon
  • From yes to press: Author contracts & reading the fine print 
  • Self-publishing: Being your own boss