That’s a mouthful, isn’t it?

To simplify: I’m a board member of the PEI Writers’ Guild (PEIWG). While on my recent trip to the Rock, I decided to meet with the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL).

(Since I primarily write about Newfoundland, I’m also a member of WANL.)

These folks have been doing AMAZING things, writing wise, and I basically want to steal all their ideas take inspiration from them.

I met with Jen Winsor to chat about all their successes over the last few years, some of which include:

  • Manuscript Evaluations
  • Writer Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers
  • Writers for Hire Program
  • Book Awards
  • Writing Workshops for Marginalized Communities
  • Fun Writing Contests (like an emoji one and a postcard one)

(All of this can be found on their website so I’m not divulging Top Secret Information or anything here. Phew!)

There’s so much more they are doing, but I won’t go on. Jen and I talked about how alike PEI and Newfoundland are, in terms of cultural identity, writers, our Island economies, and available funding for the arts. We also chatted about how our two provinces can support each other.

I’m so looking forward to seeing how PEIWG and WANL can become even better friends. Two Islands, both alike in dignity? (ahem.)

Over on this Island, PEIWG is gearing up for some wonderful fall workshops (you can find the schedule here), and we got some pretty great ideas up our sleeves for the winter and summer terms as well.

Some of the board members of PEI Writers’ Guild

Thanks so much Jen for talking with me about WANL. I hope you enjoyed those COWS chocolate-covered chips! (True story: When a PE-Islander travels, they must bring COWS chocolate-covered potato chips as presents.)

To learn more about WANL, click here.

To learn more about PEIWG, click here.

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