Readers and writers of all levels will be descending on various literary landmarks in Vancouver this weekend for the annual Word on the Street National Book & Magazine Festival. The three-day event features a great variety of readings, panel discussions, demonstrations, workshops, and other performances to showcase local talent and help budding writers hone their craft.
Megaphone is ecstatic to once again present a showcase of our neighbourhood writing workshops at Word on the Street.
As you may know, Megaphone offers a series of seven free community writing workshops for Downtown Eastside residents. The workshops are run in treatment centres, social housing buildings, and community centres by experienced volunteers who provide plenty of support and literary inspiration for our participants.
Since the writing program's humble beginnings in 2009 at Onsite detox facility, we have watched the workshops expand to consistently produce an astonishing amount of high-quality work.
"The work that comes out of our writing workshops is, in my opinion, the best and most important we publish," says Megaphone executive director Sean Condon. "These pieces are sometimes raw and difficult, and other times uplifting and hopeful. They are always thoughtful, honest and, quite honestly, brilliant. They rightfully have a place beside the country’s top literary writers."
We are proud to present three up-and-coming DTES writers for our event this Saturday at the Carnegie Community Centre (Hastings and Main). Community writing workshop participants John Allen Douglas, Swallow Zho, and Johnny Jaworski will read pieces produced in our workshops. The Megaphone showcase begins at 3:25pm sharp. We're looking forward to seeing you there.