Goin’ to the Corner Vol 2
Candidate presentations for UPEI’s inaugural Chair in L.M. Montgomery Studies and Communication, Leadership, and Culture
UPEI will soon be home to a Chair in L.M. Montgomery Studies and Communication, Leadership, and Culture. The successful candidate will have an established record of Montgomery scholarship and interest in Montgomery outreach, and will be part of development and delivery of the new program in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture in the Faculty of Arts at UPEI. The three final candidates will be making public presentations at 6:30 pm in the Wanda Wyatt Lecture Theatre, Room 104, K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre, UPEI on the following dates:
March 9: “No Matter Where We Wander: L.M. Montgomery Writes Prince Edward Island in Ontario” with Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre, Ryerson University
March 23: “’World famed Island novelist' and 'canny businesswoman': L. M. Montgomery’s presence in Canadian periodicals” with Dr. Sarah Galletly, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia
March 30: “Anne of Green Gables in the City: Introducing Halifax's Literary Landmarks" with Dr. Kate Scarth, Dalhousie University
The Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture (ACLC) bachelor’s degree is a new interdisciplinary program in the Faculty of Arts at UPEI designed to connect the communication skills and leadership training of a Liberal Arts education to successful post-graduation employment. The ACLC program is defined by its focus on the transferability of written, oral and visual communication skills, critical thinking, and cultural awareness acquired during a Liberal Arts education to the world beyond academia. Technical skills, work-integrated learning, and career-related mentoring are key components of the program’s design.
Meags Fitzgerald is a Montreal-based graphic novelist and memoirist, comic book artist, illustrator, story-teller, and improv comedian. She will give a public presentation of her work at Charlottetown Rural High School on March 31, from 1:50 to 3:15 pm. Please do not park in front of the school, where buses will be arriving.
Fitzgerald’s graphic memoir Long Red Hair is “a fascinating take on relationships, sexuality, attraction and individual boundaries” (The Comics Journal). CBC Books named it one of the “10 Great Canadian Books to Read during Pride.”
Photobooth: A Biography, Fitzgerald’s 2014 release, is described by her as a “non-fiction graphic novel.” A long-time photobooth lover, she researched these once-vital and rapidly “fleeting machines” in North America, Europe, and Australia. She constructed a biography of these booths through the eyes of owners, technicians, collectors, and devotees such as herself.
Fitzgerald’s comic books include Waxing Moon about the intimate friendship of two girls, and The Village Under the Clouds about an agrarian society, created by “harmonious” gods, which “relied heavily on trade, co-operation and trust” for generations, and which is threatened when malicious “second-rate gods” take over.
Meags Fitzgerald’s presentation is sponsored by the UPEI Faculty of Arts and English Department and the Canada Council of the Arts, with generous cooperation from Charlottetown Rural High School. For information phone 566-0389.
Submissions being accepted for workshops held in June
Deadline April 3, 2017
This coming June, the Island Media Arts Coop (IMAC) will be hosting the eleventh PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, a professional development workshop series for emerging screenwriters and producers from Atlantic Canada. These writers and producers will participate in five days of intensive professional development and be part of networking activities with industry representatives in search of their next big production of feature films, documentaries, web and television drama.
With the support of Telefilm Canada, Innovation PEI, the Independent Production Fund, the Harold Greenberg Fund, and the City of Charlottetown, IMAC is able to offer these workshops at no charge to the talented individuals are invited to participate. Writers are required to submit an application that outlines their idea and showcases their writing abilities. Emerging producers are required to make a case for being selected to participate in the production management workshops.
The organizers welcome, for the first time, Deb Patz, author of Production Management 101 to mentor emerging producers as well as returning mentors Tom Shoebridge, Sharon Buckingham, and Hannah Cheesman. In total, there are four workshops on offer that cover writing a feature from an idea, writing a next draft for a feature, writing a dramatic series, and production management.
Details are outlined in the guidelines available on the website: www.peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net or you can contact Louise Lalonde at 902-213-7684.
The event takes place from June 3 to 7, 2017 and the deadline for submissions is April 3, 2017. There are no application fees or workshop fees, and this is a competition with limited seats.
Reading Town PEI
Preparations underway for 2017 events
Reading Champion Award
From April 29 to May 6, Reading Town PEI will turn PEI into a Reading Island. The week long festival works to inspire curiosity about the stories and storytellers that shape our community, to recognize the accomplishments of our artists, educators and literacy champions and to integrate reading into the everyday life of Islanders.
The community is encouraged to participate in the celebration by organizing a “reading event” or activity and register the activity as part of the festival. Community activities can be public or private events. Schools, classrooms, community groups, book clubs, sports teams, families and individuals etc are encouraged to register. Register by February 27 to win a prize package of local goodies.
Find more information at readingtownpei.com under the “Register Your Community Event” tab. Stay up-to-date by following on Facebook at Reading Town PEI/ Ville Lecture îPÉ, Twitter @ReadingTownPEI, Instagram at readingtownpei, and at readingtownpei.com.
Author & Illustrator Festival 2017
The Author & Illustrator Festival 2017 will be held April 29 from 10 am to 5 pm at Murphy's Community Centre, Room 308, 200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown.
The mission is to celebrate Island Books and all of the individuals that contribute to them — authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, and of course, readers. The festival aims to empower others to create and provide inspiration through excerpts from local works, talks about navigating the industry, and networking opportunities.
PEI Reading Town with Diana Gabaldon
Charlottetown’s independent bookstore, Bookmark has announced that author Diana Gabaldon will be on Prince Edward Island on May 1 during PEI Reading Town Week 2017 and will be doing a presentation and reading. A Q&A and book signing will follow.
Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels. Her books merge multiple genres, featuring elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy. A television adaptation of the novels called Outlander premiered in 2014. Diana lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.
Island Literary Awards 2017
The Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards are in their 30th year and have been a staple in acknowledging adult and youth writers on Prince Edward Island. The Awards Gala will take place on May 6 at The Mack in Charlottetown. Submissions were judged by a roster of judges. The shortlist is waiting to be announced. This year's judges are: Darren Greer, Rebecca Thomas, Alice Burdick, Chris Benjamin, and Douglas Arthur Brown.
Workshop on how to write for children and young adults
The University of Prince Edward Island is partnering with Humber College to present The Insider’s Guide to Writing and Publishing for Young Readers, a workshop for writers of literature for children and young adults. Join presentors July 13 to 15 in Charlottetown for a workshop full of practical suggestions and writing inspiration.
Created by facilitators Cynthia Good and Rick Wilks, the workshop first ran in Charlottetown in 2015 as a partnership between Holland College and Toronto’s Humber College. This summer, UPEI and Humber are joining forces to offer an expanded workshop. More time will be devoted to writing feedback, and a session has been added with kids’ book marketing expert Tom Ryan.
Each workshop day is divided into writing and publishing segments. There will be the opportunity to get feedback on one chapter of your book, if you have a manuscript. The publishing segments will look at the current publishing landscape, explore traditional and self-publishing models, provide business details, and help you to construct a query letter for publishers and literary agents. Each participant will leave the workshop with new directions for their manuscript, enriched knowledge of publishing, and an effective query letter.
Cynthia Good has been a leader in the publishing industry for many years. She was appointed the first editorial director of Penguin Books Canada and went on to become president and publisher. After Penguin she joined Humber College.
Rick Wilks co-founded Annick Press in 1975 and has been its sole director since 2000. Rick oversees all aspects of the publishing process, with a special emphasis on acquisitions. Rick also co-founded the National Reading Campaign.
For information, details on the workshop, accommodations, and how to register, visit creativearts.humber.ca/pei.