October 13, 2014

literASIAN 2014 - That's A Wrap, Folks!

(Left to Right - Todd Wong, Yasuko Thanh, Chris Wong, Louise Bak, Elaine Woo, Kim Fu, Ed Koo, Doretta Lau, Elliot Chan, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Corinna Chong, Sharon Miki, Elsie Sze, Lily Chow, Tom Cho, Jim Wong-Chu, Edwin Lee)

August 30, 2014

literASIAN Workshops 2014 Schedule Released

All workshops are held at the UBC Learning Exchange 612 Main Street.  

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 10:00 – 12:00pm
Title: The Importance of Oral History
Workshop Leader: Lily Chow
Description: This workshop is to delve into the preparations and strategies and finer points of conducting oral interviews. It will also cover the handling of and making use of archival collection materials and using it as an aid to building a historical impression to aid in meeting your objectives and constructing an in-depth and compelling story.
LilyChowLily Chow was born in Malaysia, but has lived in Canada since the mid-sixties. She has taught in the Prince George School District and at the University of Northern British Columbia. She now devotes her time to researching and writing. Her first book, Sojourners in the North, won the Jeanne Clarke history award and is used in many colleges and universities as a reference text. She has also published Chasing Their Dreams, and Legends of Four sages. Her new book is Blood and Sweat Over The Railway Tracks: Chinese Labourers Constructing the Canadian Pacific Railway (1880-1885).

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 12:00 – 2:00pm  (Venue: UBC Learning Exchange 612 Main Street)
Title: Capturing Memories: a Beginner’s Guide to Writing and Publishing your Memories
Workshop leader: Edwin Lee
Description: Sharing his trials, tribulations, frustrations and ultimate reward of producing a personal memoir. Edwin will take you through the journey of a successful first-time writer. The step-by-step journey of research and interviews and the euphoria and relief on the day you get to hold the finished product - hot off the press.
EdwinLeeEdwin Lee is a second generation Chinese Canadian, born in Vancouver, B.C. before World War II. After retiring 15 years ago from the banking industry, he realized the importance of sharing the many “untold stories” relating to his family and childhood friends, living in Vancouver’s Chinatown. At the age of 78 years he self-published a book called “SUM YUNG GUYS”.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 1.30 - 3.00pm
Title: Poetic Beginnings
Description:  This workshop brings together aspiring writers to share challenges and tips, and to exchange information on local writing contests and publications. Part of literASIAN 2014. Contact the UBC Learning Exchange to register.
Amanda_WanAmanda Wan is a reader, writer, and student of English and Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. Her poem, A Time and Place, was featured in the student-run art publication leMook after having won UBC Literature Etc.’s 2014 writing contest. She was born in Canada, and considers herself a hybrid of Chinese and Canadian cultural identity. She is fascinated by stories, and continues to pursue the poetry in each one.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 2:00 - 4:00pm   
Title: "What? Me? A Writer and Author? I Am Not Supposed To Be Here…"
Workshop Leader: Souvankham Thammavongsa
Description: Who are you? Where are you from? What should you write about: what you know, what you think you know, what readers want to read--should a reader matter? How do you put yourself at the centre of your own language? This is a workshop about the material of writing and will include a slideshow presentation that touches on, picks up, collapses these questions.
Souvankham ThammavongsaSouvankham Thammavongsa was born in a Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand in 1978. She was raised and educated in Toronto. She is the author of three poetry collections, most recently, Light, won the 2014 Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her first book,Small Arguments, won the 2004 ReLit prize for poetry, and her second book, Found, was made into a short film by Paramita Nath and screened at film festivals worldwide, including TIFF, L.A. Shorts Fest, and Dok Leipzig.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 2:00 - 4:00pm
Title: How Do You Know When a Poem is Ready For Publication?
Workshop Leader: Elaine Woo
Description: This workshop is about taking a raw poem through a revising process and making it acceptable for publication.  Whether you want to revise for revision’s sake and cherish your work for yourself or want to share them or are trying to establish a publication track record by submitting them to literary journals or  working towards developing your own poetry manuscript, discover new ways for reaching that goal." If you’ve got one or two poems you are having difficulty revising, bring them along and we’ll have some fun working on them.  This workshop is also for writers who have not written poetry before but would like to have a better understand of the process required.
ElaineWooElaine Woo is the author of the poetry collection, Cycling with the Dragon.  A graduate of the University of British Columbia's creative writing program, she has conducted writing workshops in community settings and homeless shelters in the DTES, the West End, and North Vancouver. She is the recipient of an 2014 Empowered Poet award from World Poetry.  Elaine is a contributor to Shy:  An Anthology, a winner of a silver medal IPPY (independent Book Publishers award) in 2014.  Her art song collaboration with composer Daniel Marshall won a Boston Metro Opera festival prize in 2013.  A contributor to V6A: Writing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the book was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book award in 2012.

Saturday October 11, 2014 - 9:00am – 11:00pm
Title: Don't Let Your Stories Languish! How to Submit to Literary Magazines
Workshop Leader: Doretta Lau
Description: You've done the work and finished writing a short story. Now it's time to seek publication. This workshop will cover how to format your manuscript, how to choose which literary journals to solicit, how to organize your submissions, and why it is important to take this first step for your writing career.
DorettaLauDoretta Lau is a journalist who covers arts and culture for Artforum International, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia, and LEAP. She completed an MFA in Writing at Columbia University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Day One, Event, Grain Magazine, Prairie Fire, PRISM International, Ricepaper, sub-TERRAIN, and Zen Monster. She splits her time between Vancouver and Hong Kong, where she is at work on a novel and a screenplay. In 2013, she was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions, 2014) is her debut short story collection.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 9.00am - 11:00pm
Title: What is a poem?
Workshop Leader: Fred Wah
Description: What is a poem? Is it inside of your head? Inside of your body? What is a poem? Where can you find one? Is it something you remember, something you can't forget? Is it inside of a book? Inside of a word? This short workshop will offer a variety of ways to locate the poem you could write; the poem you are inside of and the inside of a poem.
FredWahFred Wah was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1939 but grew up in the Kootenays in southeast British Columbia. He has published widely since the early 1960s and frequently presents internationally on Canadian poetry and poetics. Recent books areDiamond Grill, a biofiction about growing up in a small town Chinese-Canadian cafe (1996), Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity, a collection of essays (2000), both from NeWest Press, and two collections of poetry, Sentenced to Light (2008) and is a door (2009). He is a former Parliamentary Poet Laureate and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 12:00 – 2:00pm
Title: Proposal and Grant Writing for Artists
Workshop leader: Tom Cho
Description: Government funding, private sponsorship, philanthropic funding, residency programs and even crowd-funding campaigns all demand the same core skill of artists: to write persuasively about their creative project. Focussing on proposal writing to institutions, this workshop will provide an overview of proposal writing basics and get you started with an exercise or two. Bring along pen and paper/a laptop and a sample idea for a creative project (all art forms welcome).
TomChoTom Cho is an artist with over 70 fiction pieces published in journals and anthologies. His collection of fictions, Look Who's Morphing, was originally published to acclaim in Australia and was shortlisted for multiple awards, including the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. This year, it was released by Arsenal Pulp Press for North America and Europe. Tom also works as a freelance writer/editor, specialising in proposal writing for not-for-profit organisations and academic editing. He has a PhD in Professional Writing and is currently writing a novel about the meaning of life.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 12:00 - 2:00pm
Title: Exploring the Erotic in Chinese Canadian Writing
Workshop Leader: Louise Bak
This workshop will explore approaches to the erotic in Chinese Canadian writing, introduced from the poet and sex journalist Louise Bak's work and opening to participants, to share segments of the erotic in their writing, including sexual journalling, erotica, memoir, blog, poetry or literature for discussion.
LouiseBakLouise Bak is the author of Syzygy (DC Books), Tulpa and Ginko Kitchen (Coach House Books). She's the co-host of Sex City, Toronto’s only radio show focused on intersections between sexuality and culture. Her performance work has appeared in varying video contexts, including CheesePartial Selves and Crimes of the Heart. She co-wrote the feature film project, The Ache with Keith Lock, involving aspects of Chinese folklore and fetishism. She also curates/hosts a salon series called The Box, which encourages communication across literary and artistic borders.

Saturday, October 11, 2014  – 2:00 – 4:00pm
Title: Aspiring to be a Blockbuster Bestselling Author?  Reconciling the Dream with the Reality
Workshop Leader: Elsie Sze
Description: Every potential fiction writer’s dream is to have his/her published work become an overnight bestseller.  However, the winding path to success and recognition is not a smooth or easy one; There can be bumps and hurdles, disappointments and rejections along the way. This workshop is to offer you helpful hints after you have completed, revised and edited your first manuscript. It will offer you what to expect, and how to overcome those inevitable trials and tribulations experienced by most aspiring writers.
Elsie SzeElsie Sze is the author of three published novels, Hui Gui: a Chinese story (2005), The Heart of the Buddha (2009), and most recently,Ghost Cave: a novel of Sarawak (2014). In 2013, Sze won the inaugural Saphira Prize, a literary prize offered by Women in Publishing Society, Hong Kong for her manuscript "Ghost Cave". Ghost Cave: a novel of Sarawak was published and launched in Hong Kong in March, 2014.

Sunday, October 12, 2014 – 10.00am – 12.00pm
Title: Do You Dream in Picture Books?
Workshop Leader: Raymond Nakamura
Description: Picture books are a gateway drug to literacy and civilization. Find out how to get in on this enduring technology through a fun discussion of approaches to writing picture books, how to submit your gems of creativity to publishers, and how to deal with all the fame and fortune after that.
raymondnakamuraRaymond Nakamura is a writer, cartoonist, and educator. His story, in Peach Girl, was inspired by the Japanese folk tale of Momotaro.Raymond’s own spunky daughter inspired the character of Momoko in Peach Girl. It was published this year by Pajama Press, with illustrations by Rebecca Bender.

Sunday, October 12, 2014 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
Title: Conquering the Blank Page
Workshop Leader: Corinna Chong
Description: For many writers, the blank page can be a dreaded wellspring of fear and anxiety, and a serious barrier to creativity and productivity. This workshop will offer tips and strategies for sparking ideas, exploring and manipulating those ideas on the page/screen, and maintaining creative momentum throughout the writing process.
CorinnaChongCorinna Chong holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. Her writing has appeared inEcholocationGrainThe Malahat Review, and Ricepaper, and her first novel, Belinda’s Rings, was published by NeWest Press in 2013. She lives in Kelowna, where she teaches English literature at Okanagan College and co-edits Ryga: A Journal of Provocations.

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 12:00 - 2:00pm
Title: The Second Draft 
Workshop Leader: Kim Fu
Description: You’ve completed the first draft of a novel – congratulations! Now what? Many writers get stuck at this critical stage: after getting the words down on the page, but before polishing and editing within the text is useful. This workshop will include tips and concrete activities to help you build the second draft out of your first, by identifying areas to move, expand, and contract; correcting and rearranging timelines; and determining the optimal structure for your story.
KimKim Fu is a graduate of the UBC’s MFA in Creative Writing and the author of the novel FOR TODAY I AM A BOY (HarperCollins, 2014), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Artist Award and longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. She is the news columns editor for This, a magazine of progressive Canadian politics now in its 48th year, and a freelance manuscript editor, with clients who went on to secure traditional publishing deals.

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 2:00- 4:00pm   
Title: What’s Love Got to Do with It? Writing Characters with Depth
Workshop Leader: Yasuko Thanh
Description: Every writer aims for well-rounded characters. The challenge is always to strike deeper than the surface. The famous adage is “Write what you know.” But what about writing what someone else knows? The time will come in every writer’s career where they must write from the point of view of someone they know woefully little about, and they feel inadequately equipped. Whether you’re just conceiving a new character or are polishing one in a nearly-completed draft, these exercises will help move us beyond character-as-author-mouthpieces and into a place characters breathe with life.
Yasuko Thanh photoYasuko Thanh's short story collection, Floating Like the Dead (McClelland &Stewart 2012), which includes the Journey Prize-winning title story, was on Quill & Quire's list of best books of 2012. Floating Like the Dead was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and the BC Book Prize, and a selection won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story. She was named one of ten CBC Books' writers to watch in 2013.

August 25, 2014

literASIAN 2014 Returns October 9-12, 2014


The Vancouver Asian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW) is pleased to announce the countdown to its much anticipated celebration of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian writing set for October 9th to 12th, 2014 in Vancouver, BC. As a non-profit organization with a mandate to promote awareness of Asian Canadian literature, history, and culture, ACWW provide a supportive and culturally sensitive environment for members from a common Pacific Rim Asian Canadian heritage. ACWW also is the publisher of Ricepaper Magazine.

The main venue for the festival is the UBC Learning Exchange situated in the middle of Vancouver’s historical Chinatown at 612 Main Street. The UBC Learning Exchange is a community engagement initiative that brings together a wide variety of people, and facilitates connections in the Downtown Eastside between local residents, organizations and the UBC Community.  Authors featured at this festival include:

Fred Wah was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1939 but grew up in the Kootenays in southeast British Columbia. He has published widely since the early 1960s and frequently presents internationally on Canadian poetry and poetics. Recent books are Diamond Grill, a biofiction about growing up in a small town Chinese-Canadian cafe (1996), Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity, a collection of essays (2000), both from NeWest Press, and two collections of poetry, Sentenced to Light (2008) and is a door (2009). He is a former Parliamentary Poet Laureate and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Louise Bak is the author of Syzygy (DC Books), Tulpa and Ginko Kitchen (Coach House Books). She's the co-host of Sex City, Toronto’s onloy radio show focused on intersections between sexuality and culture. Her performance work has appeared in varying video contexts, including Cheese, Partial Selves and Crimes of the Heart. She co-wrote the feature film project, The Ache with Keith Lock, involving aspects of Chinese folklore and fetishism. She also curates/hosts a salon series called The Box, which encourages communication across literary and artistic borders.

Tom Cho is an artist with over 70 fiction pieces published in journals and anthologies. His collection of fictions, Look Who's Morphing, was originally published to acclaim in Australia and was shortlisted for multiple awards, including the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. This year, it was released by Arsenal Pulp Press for North America and Europe.

Corinna Chong holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. Her writing has appeared in Echolocation, Grain, The Malahat Review, and Ricepaper, and her first novel, Belinda’s Rings, was published by NeWest Press in 2013. She lives in Kelowna, where she teaches English literature at Okanagan College and co-edits Ryga: A Journal of Provocations.

Doretta Lau is a journalist who covers arts and culture for Artforum International, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia, and LEAP. She completed an MFA in Writing at Columbia University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Day One, Event, Grain Magazine, Prairie Fire, PRISM International, Ricepaper, sub-TERRAIN, and Zen Monster. She splits her time between Vancouver and Hong Kong, where she is at work on a novel and a screenplay. In 2013, she was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions, 2014) is her debut short story collection.
Serena Leung graduated from the University of Western Ontario. Recently retired, she began to churn some of her manuscripts into books. She had written two novels: Fugitives at the Mouth of Pearl River (2010) and Rainbow over Gold Mountain (2012)

Edwin Lee is a second generation Chinese Canadian, born in Vancouver, B.C. before World War II. After retiring 15 years ago from the banking industry, he realized the importance of sharing the many “untold stories” relating to his family and childhood friends, living in Vancouver’s Chinatown. At the age of 78 years he self-published a book called “SUM YUNG GUYS”.

Kim Fu is the author of the novel FOR TODAY I AM A BOY (HarperCollins, 2014), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Artist Award and longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Fu has written for NPR, Maisonneuve, the National Post, the Rumpus, the Tyee, the Stranger, Prairie Fire, Grain, Room, and the New Quarterly, among others, and her work has been included in Best Canadian Essays. She is the news columns editor for This, a magazine of progressive Canadian politics now in its 48th year, and a freelance manuscript editor, with clients who went on to secure traditional publishing deals. Fu is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s MFA in Creative Writing. She lives in Seattle.

Souvankham Thammavongsa was born in a Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand in 1978. She was raised and educated in Toronto. She is the author of three poetry collections, most recently, Light, won the 2014 Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her first book, Small Arguments, won the 2004 ReLit prize for poetry, and her second book, Found, was made into a short film by Paramita Nath and screened at film festivals worldwide, including TIFF, L.A. Shorts Fest, and Dok Leipzig.

Yasuko Nguyen Thanh's short story collection, Floating Like the Dead (McClelland &Stewart 2012), which includes the Journey Prize-winning title story, was on Quill & Quire's list of best books of 2012.The National Post wrote that "Yasuko Thanh impresses above all with the thematic complexity of her approach." Floating Like the Dead was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and the BC Book Prize, and a selection won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story. She was named one of ten CBC Books' writers to watch in 2013. Thanh completed a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria.

Elsie Sze is the author of three published novels, Hui Gui: a Chinese story (2005), The Heart of the Buddha (2009), and most recently, Ghost Cave: a novel of Sarawak (2014). Sze left her native Hong Kong at the age of 22 to pursue graduate studies in Toronto and later Chicago. She was a high school teacher and librarian before retiring from her position as librarian with the Toronto Public Library in 2001 to devote time to writing. In 2013, Sze won the inaugural Saphira Prize, a literary prize offered by Women in Publishing Society, Hong Kong for her manuscript "Ghost Cave". Ghost Cave: a novel of Sarawak was published and launched in Hong Kong in March, 2014.

Elaine Woo is the author of the poetry collection, Cycling with the Dragon. A graduate of the University of British Columbia's creative writing program, she has conducted writing workshops in community settings and homeless shelters in the DTES, the West End, and North Vancouver. She is the recipient of an 2014 Empowered Poet award from World Poetry. Elaine is a contributor to Shy: An Anthology, a winner of a silver medal IPPY (independent Book Publishers award) in 2014. Her art song collaboration with composer Daniel Marshall won a Boston Metro Opera festival prize in 2013. A contributor to V6A: Writing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the book was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book award in 2012.

July 29, 2014

Ricepaper at Powell Street Festival


Come hang out with us at the Ricepaper booth this weekend Saturday August 2 and Sunday August 3, 2014 at the 38th Annual Powell Street Festival. The festival has moved to 500 Alexander Block and it's gonna be a lot of fun! We have a booth where you can buy some awesome subscriptions, magazines and participate in fun activities!

Ricepaper Haiku Death Match

Sunday, 3:00-3:30pm @ Ricepaper Magazine Booth in Community Booth Section

Register to compete at the Ricepaper booth on Saturday or Sunday

You’re invited to join and compete in the Ricepaper Haiku Death Match. You’ll compete in a tournament style competition — writing only haikus! Winning haikus will move up the tournament rankings and eventually will be Haiku champion. All works will be published on RicepaperMagazine.ca but only one winner will be crowned and receive the Ricepaper Haiku Death Match trophy.

SHISHOSETSU LITERARY READINGS curated by Leanne Dunic:

Sunday, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street)

Before the wave of “New Narrative” swept the west coast with its confessional-styled prose, the Shishosetsu (also known as Watakushi Shosetsu or I-novel) emerged in the early part of the 20th century in Japan . The genre is distinguished by self-revealing narrative with the author as the central character, allowing for the author to enter their narrative on an intimate level. The reader may then question the boundary between fiction and non-fiction.

For this year’s Powell Street Festival, three authors were selected to interpret the shishosetsu in their own way, while considering the theme of this year’s festival: roots. The authors are Sally Ito (Manitoba), Lydia Kwa (British Columbia), and Marie Mutsuki Mockett (New York). Each author has written a piece exclusively for the Powell Street Festival, which we have then adapted into the chapbook available at the Festival. Excerpts from these chapbooks will be featured inRicepaper magazine, and there will be a reading in a salon-style gathering, with a post-reading Q & A session.

Limited edition chapbooks edited by Leanne Dunic with writings by Sally Ito, Lydia Kwa, and Marie Mutsuki Mockett will be available for sale at the Powell Street Festival Sales booth or at the Literary reading on Sunday August 3rd, 1:30-2:15pm, Firehall Arts Centre.

Curator: Leanne Dunic

Leanne Dunic is a multi-disciplinary artist and a writer of music, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. She is a graduate of SFU’s The Writer’s Studio, where she focused on poetry and lyric prose. In her previous lives, Leanne owned businesses in the music and fashion industries. She is currently a mentor at SFU’s Southbank Writers’ Program, and the singer/guitarist of the band Luck Commander.

Website: http://www.leannedunic.com/

Literary Contributors

Lydia Kwa (contributor)
Marie Mutsuki Mockett (contributor)
Sally Ito (contributor)

July 22, 2014

Beijing Women


Award winning author Wang Yuan and co-translator Shuyu Kong present a new English translation of Beijing Women, stories about contemporary Chinese women surviving in China's new market economy.
Presented in partnership with the Asia-Canada Program and David Lam Centre for International
Communication, Simon Fraser University.

For more information 604.331.3603 | vpl.ca/events

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August 6
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