My Roots: Free Writing Workshop for Immigrants 2021


(price does not include service charge)

Free to register and attend

Saturday June 5, 2021 and Sunday June 6, 2021
1:00pm–3:00pm PT

We invite immigrants to Canada to participate in a free two-day online workshop on writing about place and home with author and editor Doretta Lau, hosted by the Vancouver Writers Fest.

Now in its fourth year, the My Roots Workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to deepen and enrich their writing through guided exercises and techniques. Each attendee will have a chance to write and revise two pieces of writing and to share their work if they wish. Participants are welcome to write their stories in the form of their choosing: poetry, fiction or non-fiction.

  • The themes this workshop will explore are centred around ideas of place and home.
  • This workshop is for individuals who have emigrated to Canada.
  • It is suitable for writers of all levels.
  • Open to anyone 18 years or older.
  • Participants must have the technology to run the Zoom video conference application.
  • Participants must attend both days of the workshop.

Registration doesn’t guarantee attendance! We will email you if you are confirmed to attend.

Registration for the 2021 workshop is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

Event Participants:

Doretta Lau is the author of the short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions, 2014) and the poetry chapbook Cause and Effect (The Vault, 2020). She is currently writing a comedic novel about an inept company struggling to open a theme park about death, and an essay collection about navigating volcanoes, illness, and other enormities on the worst timeline.