Attention: Deadline Extended to noon, Friday, July 9th.

First session will begin on Wednesday, July 14,

About QueerAsian

Join Joy Kogawa House for a summer series of 6 writing workshops for LGBTQIA+ Asian writers (at any level of experience) aimed at exploring the complexity of issues arising throughout the pandemic including (but not limited to) isolation, grief and resilience, anti-Asian racism, anti-Black racism, Indigenous rights, Palestinian rights in the Middle East crisis, colonization and white supremacy. Pride, body-positivity, and sex-positivity will also figure prominently in the workshops.

Portrait of C.E. Gatchalian
Author C.E. Gatchalian

Led by queer Filipinx author C.E. Gatchalian and co-facilitated by writer Terence Lowe, these workshops offer a brave space for people of Asian descent who identify as LGBTQ2I+ to develop their writing skills while exploring multiple literary genres that hold space for complex feelings, dialogue, and reflection.

Guest speakers include Cicely Belle Blain (author: Burning Sugar; co-founder of Black Lives Matter Vancouver and CEO of Bakau Consulting; equity, inclusion & anti-racism consultant), Richard Fung (video artist, writer, and long-time activist; Ontario College of Art & Design, Gays Asians of Toronto, Queers Against Apartheid, Anti-Asian Racism Undone Scholar Strike), Ty Sloane (playwright: Hummingbird, Mx, activist, equity strategist, performance artist), and other renowned authors to inspire and prompt the creation of new work. Participants are expected to attend all workshops & will receive an honorarium of $150. LGBTQIA+ Asians anywhere in Canada may apply.
Cicely Belle Blain (Burning Sugar)
Richard Fung (video artist, writer, activist)
The six workshops run Wednesdays from July 7-Aug 11 from 5-7pm PST / 8-10pm EST. Participants are expected to attend all workshops & will receive an honorarium of $150. LGBTQIA+ Asians anywhere in Canada may apply.

Workshop dates:

  • Jul 7, 5-7pm PST / 8-10pm EST – Ty Sloane, Two-Spirit Non-Binary Mixed Race (Anishinaabe / Chinese / Greek / Irish) multi-disciplinary theatre/performance artist
  • Jul 14, 5-7pm PST / 8-10pm EST – C.E. Gatchalian, queer Filipinx diasporic author who writes drama, non-fiction, fiction and poetry
  • Jul 21, 5-7pm PST / 8-10pm EST – Richard Fung, video artist, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid
  • Jul 28, 5-7pm PST / 8-10pm EST – Larissa Lai, novelist
  • Aug 4, 5-7pm PST / 8-10pm EST – Cicely Belle Blain, poet and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Vancouver
  • Aug 11, 5-7pm PST / 8-10pm EST – Diamond Yao, Kevin Ah-Sen, and Serene Mitchell, editors of Sticky Rice, vol. 2: The Queer Edition
Ty Sloane (playwright: Hummingbird, Mx)
All workshops will be hosted on Zoom to include participants from rural and urban locations across so-called Canada. If you have any questions or to register by phone please email QueerAsian writing workshops are funded in part by BC Multiculturalism and the BC Arts Council. These workshops are open to anyone who identifies as Asian, including Black Asian, mixed, Middle-Eastern, Pan Asian & Asian-Caribbean. Apply by Monday, July 5.