Welcome to Historic Joy Kogawa House
Historic Joy Kogawa House is the childhood home of Canadian author Joy Kogawa. Joy and her family lived in the house until 1942, when they were sent to an internment camp along with thousands of other Canadians of Japanese descent. Now used as a site for author residencies and literary events, the house stands as a historical reminder of the internment experience of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, and by extension, to the experiences of diverse cultural and ethnic groups within Canadian society.
Shut Up And Write meet-ups place the typically solitary activity of writing into a more social space. The idea is simple: a group of people get together and focus on their own writing, with short breaks to socialise – “No critiquing, exercises, lectures, ego, competition or feeling guilty.”
For the first time in four years, we are offering a paid three-month residency at Historic Joy Kogawa House, the childhood home of Joy Kogawa, one of Canada’s most important and esteemed authors. This is the only paid residency opportunity we will be offering for 2016.
Applications are open now, and are due by 12:00 midnight, Monday, February 1, 2016.
Find out more about the residency program and submit your application soon!
Welcome to the new website for Historic Joy Kogawa House!
After about a month of redevelopment, we’re proud to unveil this new website, with the promise of more features to come. We’re launching a revitalized website to coincide with our open call for applications to our 2016 residencies program. Preliminary applications are due Monday, February 1…