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January – June 2023

My Roots – Youth Workshop

Saturday, May 13, 1–5pm at Suite Genius,
225 West 8th Avenue, Second Floor, Vancouver

Applications are open now for the Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual writing workshop for immigrants, My Roots. This page contains information and the application form for the youth workshop with instructor Tanya Boteju on May 13, for participants aged 16–19.

Click here to access the My Roots for Adults (19+) workshop.

For the first time, the Vancouver Writers Fest will offer our signature My Roots Writing Workshop to upper high-school students.

Our annual one-day FREE writing workshop for immigrants will, thanks to our generous donors, feature a new session for youth aged 16-19. Led by acclaimed author Tanya Boteju, this in-person workshop will provide young writers with an opportunity to deepen and enrich their writing through exercises and the presentation of writing techniques. Workshop attendees will be led through two short writing exercises and will have the chance to write and revise these pieces of writing and to share their work if they like. The themes this workshop will explore are centred around ideas of place, home, and belonging.

All levels of writers are welcome, and attendance is free. My Roots is only open to immigrants to Canada. 

My Roots is presented thanks to the generous support of Robin Pascoe and Rodney Briggs.

Workshop Instructor
Tanya Boteju is an English teacher and writer whose debut novel, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens, was named a Top Ten Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association, and selected for the American Librarian Association 2020 Rainbow List. Her latest YA novel, Bruised, was selected as a Gold Standard book by the Junior Library Guild.

My Roots Application

Application deadline: April 17, 2023

As spaces are limited, registration doesn’t guarantee attendance. We will email you if you are confirmed to attend.