literASIAN 2013 – A Recap of the Festival

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The whole team (photos courtesy of Caroline Y. Ng)


literASIAN 2013 just wrapped up – friends, family, authors, all joined together to celebrate the accomplishments of Asian Canadian writing.
Todd Wong, Winnie Cheung, and David HT Wong

Todd Wong, Winnie Cheung, and David HT Wong


Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW) originated as a group of writers who wanted to get published. Together they read and critiqued each others’ work in honing their craft.
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Festival Director Jim Wong-Chu


In 1996, a few from the group decided to register as a society and become a formal organization where they could obtain grants to help with author readings, writing workshops, and eventually a newsletter (that became Ricepaper Magazine).
Kristin Cheung, Charlie Cho, Anna Ling Kaye, Madeleine Thien

Ricepaper past and present: From Left to Right: Kristin Cheung, Charlie Cho, Anna Ling Kaye, Madeleine Thien


By 1999, the group created the Emerging Writers’ Award, which awarded the best unpublished manuscript with the opportunity to be published with an established publisher. A decade later, the evolution of the literASIAN became a reality.

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