The PEI Writers’ Guild (PEIWG) has hired Shawn Hogan as their new new Executive Director, replacing former ED, Mo Duffy Cobb, who stepped down in September.
Over the last 10 years, Hogan has performed his own written work on stages across the country in his career as a stand-up comedian. He intends to bring that level of energy and excitement to the Writers’ Guild.
Hogan also brings with him a wealth of knowledge in event planning, having co-created the Island Shine Festival, a four-day celebration of Island music, food, and comedy held in Mill River.
One of Hogan’s goals for the Guild over the coming year is to not only continue to shine a spotlight on PEI’s current and ever-growing writing talents, but to also expand the Guild’s reach and visibility to the vast number of diverse communities across the province through the PEIWG Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
“PEI has been blessed to welcome new Islanders from all over the world, and we want to showcase a variety of writing genres, styles, and voices,” says Hogan.
PEIWG President Christine Gordon Manley notes that a big part of the ED position this year is to grow the role and expand programs and services for Island writers.
“In the last two years, we’ve gone from being a 100% volunteer-run organization to now having a paid staff member,” states Manley. “The intention is to make the Executive Director a full-time position in the next few years. This province is rich in artistic culture. We’re really excited to see the new vision and energy that Shawn brings to the Guild.”