QueerAsian 3: Memoir Writing Workshops

What: QueerAsian 3: Memoir Writing Workshops
Where: Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver
When: Saturday, February 12, 19, and 26, 11am to 1pm
Cost: Free to successful applicants

Join Historic Joy Kogawa House for a series of three in-person writing workshops for 2SLGBTQIA+ Asian writers (at any level of experience) aimed at exploring the memoir genre to process 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, colonization and white supremacy. Pride, body-positivity, and sex-positivity will also figure prominently in the workshops.

Led by queer Filipinx author C.E. Gatchalian and co-facilitated by writer Prairie Chiu, these workshops offer a brave space for people of Asian descent who identify as LGBTQ2I+ to develop their writing skills while exploring nonfiction narrative writing that holds space for complex feelings, dialogue, and reflection.

The three in-person workshops run Saturdays from 11am to 1pm PST. Participants are expected to attend all workshops and will receive an honorarium of $150 to support and compensate the creation of new work.

Workshop dates:

  • Feb 12: The Memoir
  • Feb 19: The Honest Memoir
  • Feb 26: The Non-Triumphant Memoir

All workshops will be hosted in-person at Historic Joy Kogawa House. If you have any questions or would like to register, please email info@kogawahouse.com to receive an application form.

QueerAsian writing workshops are funded 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, and Asian-Caribbean. Applicants must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination at the first workshop.

Apply by Wednesday, February 9.

Note that a similar series of memoir workshops will be offered in-person in Toronto in March. Stay tuned for details.

Portrait of C.E. Gatchalian

C.E. Gatchalian is a queer Filipinx-Canadian author born, raised, and based on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tseil-Waututh.

The author of six books and co-editor of two anthologies, he is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and the recipient of two Jessie Richardson Awards for his work as a theatre artist and producer. In 2013 he received the Dayne Ogilvie Prize in 2013, awarded annually by The Writers’ Trust of Canada to an outstanding emerging LGBTQI+ writer.

Formerly artistic producer of the frank theatre company, Vancouver’s professional queer theatre company, his plays have been produced locally, nationally, and internationally.

His memoir, Double Melancholy: Art, Beauty and the Making of a Brown Queer Man, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press.