ACWW is pleased to have CE Gatchalian present a two-part workshop series on creating literary works about identity. Whether it be racial, cultural, sexual, gender, ability, etc. or any combination of the above – can be challenging. Is one writing for a general audience, or a specific/niche/target one? What negotiations, if any, take place when writing about a minoritized experience for a general audience? Are there “compromises” that are inevitable? Is “apolitical” art possible, or is all art inherently political? Are questions about compromise and negotiation even necessary?
Current Kogawa House Writer-in-Residence C.E. (Chris) Gatchalian will lead discussions on these questions in two one-hour workshops. As a queer-identifying, racialized artist, Chris wrestles with these questions on a daily basis. The first workshop will be a discussion led by Chris on the above issues; in the second workshop, participants will be free to share and receive feedback on works-in-progress, if they choose.
Workshop 1: Sunday, December 3, 1 pm
Workshop 2: Sunday, December 10, 1 pm
Historic Joy Kogawa House | 1450 W 64th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6P 2N5, Canada
About CE Gatchalian
The author of five books, Filipino-Canadian author C. E. Gatchalian was born, raised and based on the unceded traditional lands of the Coast Salish People (Vancouver). His plays, which include Falling In Time, Broken, Motifs & Repetitions and People Like Vince, have appeared on stages nationally and internationally, as well as on radio and television. The winner of two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and a two-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he was the 2013 recipient of the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, awarded annually by The Writers’ Trust of Canada to a Canadian LGBT author of merit. He is currently Writer-in-Residence at Kogawa House,where he is working on a non-fiction manuscript.