Sponsored by the Joan and Regis Duffy Foundation, Innovation PEI, the City of Charlottetown, the Guardian, and the Bookmark, this four-day literary experience includes author workshops facilitated by some of Canada’s most established writers in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and storytelling.
In 2020, we will again be offering 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.
Keep posted for updates on the 2020 schedule!
Wild Threads Literary Festival 2020 will be taking place in Charlottetown from Thursday August 26th-Sunday August 30th, 2020
The 2019 Lineup
- George Elliot Clarke, in Poetry
- Anne Simpson, in Fiction/Poetry
- Pauline Dakin, in Non-ficton
- Julie Pellissier Lush, in Storytelling
- Richard Lemm, Island writer
- Laurie Brinklow, writer and former editor of Acorn Press
- Craig Pyette, Senior Editor at Random House Canada & Knopf
- Hilary McMahon, Literary Agent from WestWood Creative Artists
- Sharon McKay, as Master of Ceremonies for Sunday Brunch
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.
- 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
- 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