Author Chris Gatchalian leads writing workshops for LGBTQI+

Historic Kogawa House hosting workshops from December 3, 2020 – January 21, 2021

Author C.E. Gatchalian will lead QueerAsian, a series of workshops for people who identify as LGBTQI+ Asians, focused on anti-Asian racism during the pandemic.

The Queer Asian/Filipinx author of “Double Melancholy’ will be hosting the workshops at the historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver. 

Virtual Writer-in-Residence  C.E. Gatchalian will offer guidance on how to engage in writing and artistic creation as a means of holding space for complex feelings. All workshops will take place on Zoom. An outcome of the workshops will be a public sharing of work created by the participants (should the participants choose to share their work) to take place as both a public presentation on Zoom and as an archive to be launched on the Historic Joy Kogawa House website (

All participants will be paid an honorarium ($100).

Dates and times of the 6 workshops are as follows:

  • Thursday, December 3, 2020, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 17, 2020, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, January 7, 2021, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, January 14, 2021, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, January 21, 2021, 6 pm to 7:30 pm

To register, email We will send back a short application with short-answer questions about yourself, any experience of racism during the pandemic that you’d like to share, and information about your preferred form of creative expression.

QueerAsian writing and creation workshops are brought to you in partnership with Asian Canadian Writers Workshop, BC Arts Council, Community Counts Foundation, and The McGrane-Pearson Endowment Fund.

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