Spring writing retreat
May 25, 26–28
Le Salon du livre
The 2017 Prince Edward Island Book Expo Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that its 3rd edition will take place from June 1 to 3 at Centre Belle-Alliance, Summerside. At Le Salon du livre, you can choose from thousands of books to purchase but you will also have an opportunity to meet authors and participate in activities involving books, reading and writing. Whether you are learning French or are the parent or relative of a child who reads in French, you will want to participate in Le Salon du livre: a unique cultural experience for everyone. The full program is available on the event’s website at salondulivreipe.com.
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.
Knutsford Used Book Sale
A used book sale will take place May 27 from 8 am–4 pm at Knutsford Community Centre, 2777 O’Leary Road, Knutsford. All books will sell for $1. All Proceeds go to help educate girls in Africa. On sale will be books for adults, young adults and children.
PEI–Tasmania Writer-in-Residence Exchange
This year, a PEI writer will be selected by the Tasmania Writers’ Centre to serve as the PEI Writer-in-Residence in Tasmania. The residency is co-sponsored by: the Tasmania Writers’ Centre; the University of Tasmania; and the UPEI Faculty of Arts, Department of English, and Institute of Island. Applicants must be year-round PEI residents, have a high calibre of publications in any genre(s), and have experience in teaching creative writing and/or conducting creative writing workshops. Since airfare is not provided, applicants should preferably be Canada Council-eligible to apply for a Canada Council of the Arts travel grant. For information and application instructions, visit the PEI Writers’ Guild website: www.peiwritersguild.com/. Look for “Call for Applications: PEI-Tasmania Writer-in-Residence-Exchange.”
Goin’ to the Corner Vol 2