The Charlottetown Writers’ Festival, will take place throughout the City from September 22­25. The PEI Writers’ Guild, in partnership with the City of Charlottetown, has planned readings, workshops, and contests designed to appeal to all ages. Poets and authors will visit schools, read from their works in public places throughout the City, teach workshops on various aspects of their craft, hold a gala featuring some of our best-known writers and highlight the newest books released by the Institute of Island Studies at a book show and sale.

Oscar Wilde, the famed Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer, is scheduled to make a return visit to our fair city. One of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day, Oscar was known for his barbed and clever wit. Played by actor Corin McFadden, Oscar will introduce the readings, distribute tickets, and host the Writers’ Festival Gala. — I know the actor. What a fantastic idea! Oscar Wilde visiting PEI in about 1888 and gave a reading in town!

Workshops will be offered on September 24 and 25. Saturday’s offerings include Harnessing the Power of Precision in Fiction; Finding the Story in History; and Graphic Novels (This workshop is aimed at mid-teens and up who have some knowledge of the comic medium and includes drawing instruction). Sunday will feature a repeat of Harnessing the Power of Precision in Fiction workshop; Exploring Poetry through Dance; and Playwriting.

In addition, you can meet and hear the best of Island poets and authors at readings over four days at City Hall (September 22 at noon), Mavor’s (September 23 at noon) and the Farmers’ Market (September 24 at noon). The Writers’ Guild and the Lake of Shining Waters IODE host an event at Joseph A. Ghiz Memorial Park (Grafton and Kent Streets) at 10 am on September 24. Authors Deirdre Kessler and Gerry O’Brien will present stories for children in the gazebo followed by refreshments provided by the IODE.

Entries for the Ode to Charlottetown must be delivered by September 15 to: Ode to Charlottetown Contest, PEI Writers’ Guild, Box 1, 115 Richmond St., Charlottetown, PEI, C1A 1H7. The winner will be notified by September 22.

Last, but not least, those interested in books will not want to miss the show and sale of the best of Island writing at the Arts Guild on Queen Street from 1­3 pm on September 25. Of special note is a reading by Dr. Min Chiang from his soon-to-be published history of Chinese Islanders. Marian Bruce will also read from Pets, Professors and Politicians, her recently published history of the Atlantic Veterinary College. You will be able to personally meet these and several other authors, as well as purchase books.

Info: http://www.peiwriters.ca, co-ordinators Ruth Howatt (964-3403) or Laurie McBurney (367-9528). Schedules will also be available at City Hall in September.

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