by Stacy Dunn
The PEI Writers’ Guild (PEIWG) is helping to fill a need for Island businesses by launching a Writers-for-Hire service.
This new service, which can be accessed through the PEI Writers’ Guild’s website, will allow those in need of writing and editing services to find qualified PEI professionals.
“We’re excited to offer this service to Island writers and to the business community,” says Mo Duffy Cobb, PEIWG president.
“We get many requests from businesses looking for writers for various contract positions, so we’re happy to offer this matchmaking service.”
The writers have expertise in such areas as grant applications, academic research, copywriting, editing business content, and website content.
Individuals looking for a ghostwriter or editor for their manuscript may also tap into the service.
“The listing specifies what type of writing each writer specializes in, so you’ll be able to see who can help you with the service you need,” adds Christine Gordon Manley, PEIWG Vice President.
“Often, a business will need a writer or an editor for a one-off job—not enough work to warrant a full-time position—but they don’t know where to look. This listing will facilitate that process.”
Interested writers pay a membership fee to post their experience and contact information on the Writers-for-Hire page. Businesses contact the writers directly.
“The PEIWG is always looking at ways to expand its membership and offer new programming and services to members, and the Writers-for-Hire service is one of these initiatives,” Mo says.
“Other national writing organizations such as Editors Canada offer a similar service, and we knew it could work on PEI,” adds Christine. “It’s a great opportunity for writers starting a freelance career or established professional writers looking to supplement their income. The business community benefits by making a connection with the arts community right here on PEI.”
Christine is a freelance editor with over 15 years’ experience. She has worked from PEI for most of that time. “I remember being told if I wanted a career in publishing, I would have to live in a big city, but I wanted to work on the Island and raise my family here.”
“I have worked with authors and businesses from across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom,” she says. “It’s worked out well for me.”
About the PEI Writers’ Guild
The mission of the PEIWG is to inspire, support, and encourage established, emerging, and potential writers to find their voice, improve their craft, and experience success in their writing.
They provide mentorship, training, and a safe space for writers and to facilitate opportunities for writers to share and promote their work.
In addition, the PEIWG represents the interests of Island writers with government, key stakeholders, and the general public.
The non-profit organization holds writing workshops, monthly open mics, readings, and the annual Island Literary Awards.
The awards recognize the best in Island writing with cash awards sponsored by the community, for winning entries in short story, poetry, children’s literature, and creative non-fiction categories from writers of all ages.
PEIWG partners with Innovation PEI, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, the PEI Provincial Library Service and other regional and national writers’ and arts organizations to advocate for writers’ interests.
Businesses seeking professional writing and editing services can locate the listing here: www.peiwritersguild.com/writer-for-hire.
Writers looking to add their name to this directory can do so by applying for Membership through the PEI Writers’ Guild or by emailing [email protected].