My Roots: Free Writing Workshop


(price does not include service charge)

Registration is now closed.

Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14
1:00pm–3:00pm PDT

Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

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 third 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.
  • Space is available for the first 20 people who register.
  • 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 is open until 5pm PDT on Friday, May 29.

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

My Roots: Free Writing Workshop
Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14 at 1:00pm–3:00pm PDT

This workshop is made possible thanks to an anonymous donor. 

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.