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October 4, 2015 · 5:40 pm

Special Guests To Visit Writers Group…

Kent Stetson

This post is to remind you of our writers presentation week event tomorrow at the Montague  Library starting at 2:00 p.m.

Tomorrow we have invited Kent Stetson Island born Canadian award winning playwright/author and his brother Paul to visit with us.
Kent and Paul have co-authored and will talk about the crime series “Meat Cove” (click the link to visit the web site)
Kent has promised to bring along copies of the book that will be available to attendees at a cost of $20 per.
I have also received an email from Joanne Collicott McGuigan letting me know that they have a visitor who she says has authored and published a number of his books. His name is  James Roy Daley and his work can be found on Amazon. She would like to bring him along. (click the link to view a list of books by Mr. Daley)
Swarna had also mentioned that there may be some refreshments served as well. Yum!
As we have made this event open to everyone we may have more attend than our usual half dozen.
Of course summer is a time of visitors to our Island so you just never know who will be making an appearance .

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Writer’s workshop hosted by acclaimed Island born author Kent Stetson

Summer Writers Weekend Workshop,

Marshfield, PEI

The Character Generated Story

In Drama and Prose Fiction

I’ll be giving a two day workshop on August 24 and 25, 2013, at the family farm in Marshfield, PEI.

The craft of writing workshop is open to writers at all levels of their practice.

The workshop’s timed, multi-perspective free-writing exercises will focus on character creation as a means of story development with specific emphasis on drama (film, television and stage) and prose fiction (the novel and short story).

Poets, journalists, dramatists, novelists, essayists, neophytes and masters seeking new ways to approach their craft… all are welcome. The magic is in the mix!

The workshop will meet over two days, with periods of solo writing leading to work shared with the group in a supportive, challenging atmosphere.

The workshop will be based on that given this winter as part of my tenure as Artist in Residence at McGill University’s Institute for the Life of Arts and Ideas. The two day intensive was the central event of the inaugural residency, and was a terrific success.

Some of the participants, a terrific blend of faculty and students, advanced and/or clarified work already in progress. Others make solid first steps in new writing projects. All were delighted to learn craft basics in two challenging, supportive, stimulating days.

Here are participant comments:

“Everyone was given fair counsel and made remarkable progress. At the end, all the writers were elated and this feeling permeated their soul, giving them a renewed confidence in being able to tackle whatever writing emerged.”

“This is a true tale about a caring artist and professor who decides to host a character generated writing workshop through the IPLAI at McGill University and by doing so, transforms his students. He was endearing to all and all appreciated the fact that when he critiqued, he not only drew from his vast analytical knowledge and life experience, but he also from his heart. During the course of the workshop, there was a strong sense that the professor acted as a facilitator, a maestro, enabling students to face and fight their technical foes while rising above their fears.”

“Thank you for your invaluable pearls of wisdom. The past weekend has given me so much to build on. I have promised myself to get back into reading and writing as disciplines.”

“I would like to take a moment to tell you how much I enjoyed the Character Generated Story Workshop this weekend. Kent is truly an inspiring writing instructor. He knows how to encourage the students to go beyond the limits they might have set for themselves while at the same time never making anyone feel diminished. It was a fantastic experience, even for a neophyte like myself. It is invaluable for anyone interested in arts and ideas and willing to raise to the challenge.”

“I’m so grateful to IPLAI for asking Kent to do the workshop, if that’s how the occasion arose. It was quite extraordinary, in my humble opinion. He is a very gifted teacher, really one of the best I’ve seen in action over more decades than I like to contemplate. He’s clear, organized to a T, warm, friendly, disciplined, and absolutely engaged in his subject. Having set the stage so well, he then dove into each separate piece submitted, and made each student feel they were a welcome guest in his house. Of course the response was relaxation, ease, thankfulness, a release from nerves, and in at least one case, tears of joy and pleasure. That’s rare indeed!

It was a privilege for me to be part of the procedure, and I’m sure each one of us felt the same way. Many thanks for a truly wonderful weekend.”

Experience tells small is better! My classes in the Creative Writing Department at Concordia University are rarely larger than twelve in number. I also keep my eight week on-line courses small.

In the same spirit, I’m limiting the number of participants in the first PEI Stetson Farm Writer’s Workshop to ten. This is the perfect workshop number for people to learn new skills, develop their craft, to contribute and receive useful insights from their peers.

I’m excited by this new adventure in the world of creative writing! Check out MasterPlayWorks for more general information about your’s truly, and get a sense of other workshops offered and how they work. Drop a line if, after thoroughly checking the site, you’d like more information.

Dates and Times:
Saturday, August 23, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. (6hrs)
Sunday, August 24, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. (6hrs)

Location:
The Stetson Family Farm, Marshfield. Route 2 east. CN: 14136

To apply to participate, please send the following by 5pm Friday, August 16, 2013:
1) a writing sample (max. 400 words)
2) a statement explaining why you would like to participate in the workshop (max. 1 page)
3) a brief biographical statement (1 paragraph)

Cost of two day twelve hour workshop:
$145.50 plus tax, payable by check upon acceptance.

Can’t wait to get home, and lend a collegial hand.

KentKent Stetson

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Christina G Gaudet reads from her book “The Box”

Our newest addition to the mailing list of The Montague Library Writers Guild Christina G Gaudet reads from her book “The Box” Available in paperback locally or in Kindle format at Amazon. Be sure to pick up your own personal copy… I did 😉

Welcome Christina!

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June 1st. Reading Event Hosted By Our Writers Group

On June 1st. 2013 the Montague Library Writers Guild is hosting a reading event at the Montague Rotary Library at 2:00 p.m. You are warmly invited to attend.

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Poetry Reading Event Hosted By Our Writers Group

a poetry reading poster

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January 29, 2013 · 4:10 am

“Year Of The Babies” Ready To Launch

 

year of the babies

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December 3, 2012 · 10:26 pm