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.
- George Elliot Clarke, in Poetry
- Anne Simpson, in Fiction/Poetry
- Pauline Dakin, in Memoir
- Julie Pellissier Lush, in Storytelling
- Jared Bland, President of McLelland & Stewart and Vice-President of Penguin Random House
- Hilary McMahon, literary agent from WestWood Creative
- 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, a storytelling bonfire, 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
- 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