Binks writing workshop reprised in 2020

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

We are happy to announce that Andrew Binks will be reprising his November writing workshop in the new year.

Andrew donated his time for a four part novel writing workshop, in which participants could bring in anything from a finished draft to a sketchy outline and get feedback and an incentive to keep at it. In November, which is national novel writing month, we asked for a $25 donation to our Love Your Library campaign per session, and we ran it as a registered program. In the new year we’re switching up that model. The newly dubbed Open Word Studio will be a drop-in, continuous program, running weekly at least until March. It will also be pay-what-you-can, with donations supporting the Library.

Andrew holds a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and has published two novels, The Summer Between (2009) and STRIP (2013). “Bring your work in progress, any genre, for one on one and workshop style critique, writing prompts and all the questions about writing you’ve been afraid to ask, in a supportive and inquisitive environment,” he says. “I’ve had such great influences and support over the years and I’ve always loved to share the wealth.”

We hope more people, seasoned writers and beginners alike, will have the chance to try this program, and take advantage of Andrew’s wisdom and expertise. Join him Fridays starting Jan 10th from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Picton Library. Do you have a beloved pet? On Dec 14th, commemorate your bond with a holiday photo! We’ll be out front of the Picton Branch giving pets the star treatment. We’ll fix up the photo with a holiday border and email it to you.

Have you checked out the Wintermarket Pop Up at 167 Picton Main St? If you haven’t, don’t wait! The Library’s Pop Up shop is back, with mugs, water bottles, prints and maps as well as gently used books, any and all of which would make wonderful stocking stuffers. When you purchase something from our table you’re not only getting a wonderful gift for a loved one (or for yourself!), you’re also supporting the expansion of the Picton Library, a cultural and social hub that contributes daily to our community.

Speaking of the holidays, we have some special hours between Christmas and New Year’s to take note of.

Tues, Dec. 24, 2019: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Picton

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wellington

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bloomfield*

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Consecon

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Milford 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Am’burgh*

*(Usually 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Christmas Day- CLOSED

Boxing Day- CLOSED Fri., Dec. 27-Sat. Dec. 28, 2019: Regular Hours

Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019: CLOSED

Mon., Dec. 30, 2019: Regular Hours

12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Picton

New Year’s Eve:

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Picton

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wellington

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Consecon

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Milford

CLOSED Bloomfield

CLOSED Ameliasburgh

New Year’s Day:


Thurs., Jan 2, 2020: Regular Hours