Growing Room 2018

This is an archive page for the 2018 Growing Room Festival

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival will return from March 1-4, 2018, and will take place on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples.

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival is Room magazine’s annual literary festival, a celebration of diverse Canadian writers and artists. 


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Festival Artwork: "Oshun Blooming" by Apanaki Temitayo M
Art Photography: Sonia Blayde

Information about the 2017 festival is archived here.

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Online registration opens February 1, 2018, at midnight, and will close on Thursday, March 1, 12pm.


All events at Growing Room—with the exception the Opening Night Party, manuscript consultations, and all workshops—are pay-what-you-can / by donation. You will be given the option to donate when you register (recommended $10 per panel). If your total registration/donation adds to $35 or more, you will receive a one-year subscription (four issues) to Room. If your total registration/donation adds to $50 or more, you’ll receive the subscription and a Room tote bag (to be picked up at your first Growing Room event). 

Not sure if you want to donate, or how much you want to donate? Register for free, and you’ll have the option to donate or subscribe to the magazine after each of your events. Just visit the sales table at your venue!

Please note that tax receipts will not be issued for donations.

When you register, you will be asked for your mailing information. This will be used for statistical purposes, and as the mailing address  to send one-year subscriptions to donors. We will not share or otherwise use this data. 

Eventbrite accepts credit cards. If you would like to reserve a spot for a paid event but prefer to pay the registration fee with cash or cheque, please contact

Sold Out Events / Walk Ups

There will be standing room and seats available at panels and readings for people who have not registered for events (including sold-out events). Priority seating will be given to elders and disabled people. There are no wait lists for sold-out events. 

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Amber Dawn, Caroline Adderson, Joanne Arnott, Carleigh Baker, Marie Annharte Baker, Adèle Barclay, Gurjinder Basran, Gwen Benaway, Molly Billows, Selina Boan, Jillian Christmas, Kim Clark, Jen Currin, Maggie de Vries, Farzana Doctor, Leanne Dunic, barbara findlay, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Sierra Skye Gemma, Chantal Gibson, Taryn Hubbard, Jia Hwang, Sharon Jinkerson-Brass, Jessica Johns, Manal Kamran, Anna Ling Kaye, Jónína Kirton, Chelene Knight, Lydia Kwa, Jen Sookfong Lee, Mica Lemiski, Mary MacDonald, Minelle Mahtani, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Samantha Nock, Ijeoma Oluo, Deanna Partridge-David, Casey Plett, Emily Pohl-Weary, Chelsea Rooney, Clea Roberts, Bev Sellars, Vivek Shraya and Shamik Bilgi (Too Attached), Mallory Tater, Betsy Warland, Rita Wong, Elaine Woo, and more!

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Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Saturday—Manuscript ConsultationsSunday


Opening Night Party with Too Attached
Hosts: Chelene Knight and Nav Nagra

Join festival authors and Room staff and volunteers as we kick off Growing Room 2018 with a launch party at the Fox Cabaret, featuring opening remarks by Room’s managing editor Chelene Knight and editorial board member Nav Nagra, feminist-themed drinks, and music by Too Attached.

Too Attached is two siblings: Vivek Shraya and Shamik Bilgi. The band grew out of their childhood history of singing Hindu devotional songs together in Edmonton, obsessing over pop and R&B as teenagers, and informal collaborations throughout their individual decade-long artistic careers. They toured their first EP (Bronze, 2015) across Canada while opening for Tegan and Sara, and their new album, Angry, was released on February 1, 2018.

Thursday, March 1, 6:30pm–11:00pm | $15
The Fox Cabaret @ 2321 Main Street | Liquor Sales by Venue

This event is only open to ages 19+


WORKSHOP: Alone Together
Instructor: Jillian Christmas

Raindrops have traded in their parachutes hoping to be called Ocean. Islands wake from dreams of being named Archipelago. Angela Davis perches lip against ear: “It is in collectives that we find reserves of hope and optimism”. Can you feel the flock of birds budding on your tongue? Come, gather, write, play and collaborate in this workshop, designed so that creative connection and thoughtful attention may release us from private story into a shared narrative of joy and possibility. 

Friday, March 2, 7:00pm–9:30pm | $15
School Creative @ 112 East 3rd Avenue

Hidden Intersections: Writing Between the Cracks
Amber Dawn, Kim Clark, Farzana Doctor, Chelene Knight
Moderator: Minelle Mahtani

Race and gender—these intersections are at the forefront of every conversation when it comes to writing and publishing. But what about those intersections that aren’t talked about? From single motherhood, class, and lack of access to education, how do people living between the cracks of hidden intersections navigate this tricky terrain? How can allies level the playing field? Join authors Kim Clark, Amber Dawn, Farzana Doctor, and Chelene Knight as they share stories of overcoming adversity—by any means necessary.

Friday, March 2, 7:30pm–9:30pm | By Donation
School Creative @ 112 East 3rd Avenue
This event will feature ASL Interpretation

Indigenous Brilliance
Joanne Arnott, Carleigh Baker, Marie Annharte Baker, Gwen Benaway, Selina Boan, Molly Billows, Sharon Jinkerson-Brass, Samantha Nock, Deanna Partridge-David, Bev Sellars
Hosts: Jessica Johns and Jónína Kirton

From poetry, to fiction, to performance, every one of these writers is giving the world something essential to Indigenous art. In this evening of storytelling, Joanne Arnott, Carleigh Baker, Marie Annharte Baker, Gwen Benaway, Molly Billows, Selina Boan, Sharon Jinkerson-Brass, Samantha Nock, Deanna Partridge-David, and Bev Sellars will share some of their genius, and talk about the trailblazers and mentors who stood and are still standing alongside them. 

Friday, March 2, 7:30pm–9:30pm | By Donation
Native Education College @ 285 East 5th Avenue
This event will feature ASL Interpretation


WORKSHOP: Ten Common Writer Mistakes and How to Fix Them
Instructor: Farzana Doctor

This experiential workshop teaches fiction writers how to catch errors and more effectively self-edit and revise work. Participants: please bring a few pages of your writing (you will not have to share it with the group) to use for in-workshop practice.

Saturday, March 3, 10:00am–2:00pm | $20
The Boardroom @ 24 West 4th Avenu

WORKSHOP: Altars and Avenues
Instructor: Adèle Barclay

This poetry workshop will focus on conjuring a generative, exploratory atmosphere. We will work on creating communal literary magic for folks of all interests and levels. The workshop is an open invitation to anyone interested in writing in a setting that draws on creation, experimentation, and sharing. We will work through on-the-spot writing exercises and prompts to jolt us out of our habits and pursue new directions and intuitions. We’ll connect over what inspires and frustrates us in the process. We’ll read aloud writing that moves us and work through those connections in writing. Please bring paper, writing utensils, poems and sections of prose by authors who inspire you (to read aloud), and beloved objects for a communal altar.

Saturday, March 3, 10:30am–1:00pm | $15
School Creative @ 112 East 3rd Avenue

Where Does the Page Stop and the Body Begin: Writing the Body
Amber Dawn, Kim Clark, Samantha Nock, Casey Plett
Moderator: Mallory Tater

We welcome all bodies to sit in with us as these writers strip the layers of writing the body. Where does the body belong in the piece and how much do you reveal while exploring the changing body, the exploited body, the body that isn’t yours, and the limbs that have fallen behind? Pulling back the curtain, these writers will discuss and dissect the manner in which the body is used in different genres and how it conveys different identities, ideas and concepts.

Saturday, March 3, 10:30am–12:30pm | By Donation
School Creative @ 112 East 3rd Avenue

This event will feature ASL Interpretation

By Blood, By Choice: Exploring Family and Community in Writing
Joanne Arnott, Gurjinder Basran, Gwen Benaway, Maggie de Vries, Clea Roberts, Bev Sellars
Moderator: Minelle Mahtani

Spend your morning exploring the dynamics of family and community in writing. What is family and how do writers reconcile these relationships on the page? How does one’s community play into a writer’s narrative? Deconstructing these questions from different genres, perspectives and experiences, our panelists will discuss how they make these concepts form on the page and how they use these influences to dictate their works (or not).

Saturday, March 3, 10:30am–12:30pm | By Donation
Native Education College @ 285 East 5th Avenue
This event will feature ASL Interpretation

WORKSHOP: Making Visual Poetry: Translating Written Form into Graphic Content
Instructor: Chantal Gibson

What makes a poem? Does a poem require words to convey its message? This workshop explores the idea of making poetry, merging the writing studio and art studio into a space where handwriting and pencil drawing combine to visually represent meaningful, emotional content. Participants will draft a short, written piece—in their unique handwriting. Through a series of creative cut-and-paste iterations and pencil drawing exercises, writing will transform into unique graphic translations. No writing or drawing experience required.

Saturday, March 3, 1:30pm–4:00pm | $15
School Creative @ 112 East 3rd Avenue

What Binds Us: Sex, Bondage, and Fetishes
Amber Dawn, Kim Clark, Lydia Kwa, Samantha Nock
Moderator: Sierra Skye Gemma

Sex, bondage, fetishes. Truth, denial, body. It’s all visceral and connected. Join authors Kim Clark, Amber Dawn, Lydia Kwa, and Samantha Nock as they weave us through past encounters to current desires. From lived experiences to supernatural, and even magic, realism, writing about sex can take many forms. You ready for this trip?

Saturday, March 3, 1:30pm–3:30pm | By Donation
School Creative @ 112 East 3rd Avenue

This event will feature ASL Interpretation

The Witches You Didn’t Burn: Writing about Daughters, Mothers and Grandmothers
Joanne Arnott, Marie Annharte Baker, Gurjinder Basran, Mallory Tater
Moderator: Jen Sookfong Lee

Relationships between daughters, mothers and grandmothers are complex, to say the least. For better or for worse, these women have a profound effect on who we are. Writers Gurjinder Basran, Marie Annharte Baker, Mallory Tater, and Joanne Arnott have all explored this complicated dynamic, and now share stories of writing about the beauty (and tragedy) of familial bonds between women.  

Saturday, March 3, 1:30pm–3:30pm | By Donation
Native Education College @ 285 East 5th Avenue
This event will feature ASL Interpretation

“Gimme a Beat!” A Music and Spoken Word Showcase
Molly Billows, Jillian Christmas, Leanne Dunic, Elaine Woo
Host: Mica Lemiski

Step inside R&B Brewing for a spectacular lineup of local talent whose words will (literally) move you. Leanne Dunic is the lead singer of the band The Deep Cove; Elaine Woo’s East Van poems have been adapted as art songs; Jillian Christmas is the Artistic Director of Verses: A Festival of Words; and Molly Billows is reimagining the future through poetry. Each has their own approach to music and/or performance poetry that you won’t want to miss. Just because the sun hasn’t gone down, doesn’t mean we can’t get down! 

Saturday, March 3, 1:30pm–3:30pm | By Donation
R&B Brewing @ 1-54 East 4th Avenue | Liquor Sales by Venue—Cash Bar
This event is only open to ages 1

WORKSHOP: writing white*: seeing privilege as a writer
Instructor: barbara findlay

*or able-bodied, or employed, or male, or cisgender, or non-immigrant, or sheltered, or raised christian or . . . any other position of privilege. All of us experience oppression with respect to some parts of our identity, and privilege with respect to other parts. One of the features of privilege is that it is the part we don’t (have to) notice because we are, with respect to that part, part of the norm. In this experiential workshop we will look at how the privileged parts of our identities affect us as writers. Open to writers of all levels.

Saturday, March 3, 2:30pm–6:30pm | $20
The Boardroom @ 24 West 4th Avenue

From Head and Heart: Expanding Genre in Memoir
Leanne Dunic, Chelene Knight, Ijeoma Oluo, Bev Sellars, Betsy Warland
Moderator: Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Writers of memoir often bring together the best of all genres, blurring the boundaries of poetry, biography, fiction, history, and philosophy to create a genre-busting reading experience. Gear up for an engaging conversation with writers Leanne Dunic, Chelene Knight, Ijeoma Oluo, Bev Sellars, and Betsy Warland on how they have each approached the art of telling their histories.

Saturday, March 3, 4:30pm–6:30pm | By Donation
Native Education College @ 285 East 5th Avenue
This event will feature ASL Interpretation

Fainting Couch Feminists Live 
Host: Mica Lemiski

Saturday, March 3, 4:30pm–6:30pm | By Donation
R&B Brewing @ 1-54 East 4th Avenue | Liquor Sales by Venue—Cash Bar

This event is only open to ages 19+

A Night of Family Secrets (Issue 41.1 Launch)
Maggie de Vries, Jia Hwang, Sharon Jinkerson-Brass, Manal Kamran, Mary MacDonald, Deanna Partridge-David
Host: Arielle Spence

Join Room magazine as we air out the dirty laundry, reveal the skeletons in our closets, and let the cat out of the bag at the launch of our March 2018 issue, Family Secrets! Cozy up at R&B Brewing, and listen in as our six talented contributors divulge the secrets that vex their real and fictional families.

Saturday, March 3, 7:30pm–10:00pm | By Donation
R&B Brewing @ 1-54 East 4th Avenue | Liquor Sales by Venue—Cash Bar

This event is only open to ages 19+


Half-hour manuscript consultations are available with experienced editors and writing instructors on Saturday, March 3 at the Native Education College for $35 (plus GST and Eventbrite fees). Manuscript consultations include a half-hour consultation plus notes on a manuscript (10 pages maximum) prepared in advance. Manuscript consultations can be purchased when you register for Growing Room on Eventbrite (at the bottom of the pop-up when you click on “Tickets”). All manuscript consultations include a one-year subscription to Room magazine. 

If you are purchasing a manuscript consultation, please carefully note your time slot and be prepared to submit your manuscript (of up to 10 pages) by Saturday, February 24, 2018. Manuscripts can be emailed to Chelene Knight at

The Instructors

Anna Ling Kaye has published internationally and been short-listed for the Journey Prize. She is a former editor at PRISM international and Ricepaper magazine, and recently guest-edited issue #143 of The New Quarterly.

Chelene Knight is author of a poetry collection, Braided Skin (Mother Tongue Publishing), and a memoir, Dear Current Occupant (Book*hug). She is the managing editor at Room magazine.

Adèle Barclay is a writer and critic. Her debut collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She is the Interviews Editor at The Rusty Toque and the 2017 Critic-in-Residence for CWILA. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Victoria and researches modern and contemporary American poetry.

Jen Sookfong Lee is the author of six books, including The Conjoined, which was nominated for the International Dublin Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Jen teaches writing in the Continuing Studies departments at both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

Time Slots (Saturday, March 3, 2018)

10:30am - 11:00am: Fiction Consultation with Anna Ling Kaye
11:00am - 11:30am: Fiction Consultation with Anna Ling Kaye
11:30am - 12:00pm: Fiction Consultation with Anna Ling Kaye
12:00pm - 12:30pm: Fiction Consultation with Anna Ling Kaye

12:30pm - 1:00pm: CNF or Poetry Consultation with Chelene Knight
1:00pm - 1:30pm: CNF or Poetry Consultation with Chelene Knight
1:30pm - 2:00pm: CNF or Poetry Consultation with Chelene Knight
2:00pm - 2:30pm: CNF or Poetry Consultation with Chelene Knight

2:30pm - 3:00pm: Poetry Consultation with Adèle Barclay
3:00pm - 3:30pm: Poetry Consultation with Adèle Barclay
3:30pm - 4:00pm: Poetry Consultation with Adèle Barclay
4:00pm - 4:30pm: Poetry Consultation with Adèle Barclay

4:30pm - 5:00pm: Poetry or Fiction Consultation with Jen Sookfong Lee
5:00pm - 5:30pm: Poetry or Fiction Consultation with Jen Sookfong Lee
5:30pm - 6:00pm: Poetry or Fiction Consultation with Jen Sookfong Lee
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Poetry or Fiction Consultation with Jen Sookfong Lee


WORKSHOP: Writing Mindfulness
Instructor: Jen Currin

In this class we will engage in mindfulness practices such as breath meditation and deep listening; we will write to prompts and read and discuss published work by some great writers. All levels and all genres welcome. Please bring a notebook, pen, and some water or tea. 

Sunday, March 4, 10:00am–2:00pm | $20
The Boardroom @ 24 West 4th Avenue

WORKSHOP: Writing Our Futures
Instructor: Molly Billows

Writing for resistance. For survival and transformation. Grounded in the work of Indigenous and Afro-futurists, let’s take time to imagine and write together. What do we want for ourselves and our communities? What would the world where we have achieved liberation by and for our people look, taste, smell and feel like? This workshop is open for exploration in many genres, including poetry, sci-fi, speculative and visionary fiction.

Sunday, March 4, 10:30am–1:00pm | $15
School Creative @ 112 East 3rd Avenue

Reopening Old Wounds: Self-Care When Writing
Maggie de Vries, Chelene Knight, Ijeoma Oluo, Bev Sellars
Moderator: Betsy Warland

Writing can be a powerful way of healing after trauma; however, the process can also trigger painful memories and emotions. How do we know when we’re ready to write about our most difficult experiences? (Are we ever “ready”?) How do we take care of ourselves as we tear open old wounds to bleed onto the page? In this intimate panel, four authors discuss the challenges of writing about grief and trauma—how to take care of oneself when diving deep into pain, and whether the journey, ultimately, can lead to greater healing.

Sunday, March 4, 10:30am–12:30pm | By Donation
School Creative @ 112 East 3rd Avenue

This event will feature ASL Interpretation

Wilderness Women: Writing Nature and the Environment
Carleigh Baker, Selina Boan, Rita Wong, Clea Roberts
Moderator: Taryn Hubbard

From seeking out an adventure in the mountains to observing instances of contained nature in the urban/suburban space, the natural world never ceases to surprise and amaze, even when human activity continues to intervene with devastating effects. Writers Carleigh Baker, Selina Boan, Rita Wong, and Clea Roberts have each shone a light on the ecology of their environments, and will discuss how they see the role of nature and the environment in their work.

Sunday, March 4, 10:30am–12:30pm | By Donation
Native Education College @ 285 East 5th Avenue
This event will feature ASL Interpretation

WORKSHOP: Pointing the Way: Handling POV in Writing for Teens
Instructor: Maggie de Vries

The more I read, the more I write, especially for young readers, the more interested I become in point of view. I am fascinated by the precision necessary to tell a story effectively, and I see point of view as a key, or perhaps a map. Come with a young character in mind or a slip of a story, and leave with several new strategies that will draw your reader deep into that story and keep them there.

Sunday, March 4, 1:30pm–4:00pm | $15
School Creative @ 112 East 3rd Avenue

Linking Past and Present: Writing about Language and Place
Selina Boan, Lydia Kwa, Rita Wong
Moderator: Jessica Johns

Considerations about language and place often root themselves deeply in writers’ works. They are the ways we explore our relationship to our ancestors, our present identity, and our future selves. Why do these ideas exist with such ferocity? What are the obstacles that come with writing in/about a particular language or place? Selina Boan, Rita Wong, and Lydia Kwa come together to discuss these questions and how language and place interact.

Sunday, March 4, 1:30pm–3:30pm | By Donation
Native Education College @ 285 East 5th Avenue

Laughing Through Tears: How We Write Trauma 
Caroline Adderson, Marie Annharte Baker, Casey Plett
Moderator: Chelsea Rooney

In the face of grief or trauma, some writers turn to humour as a way to reflect, cope, and share their perspectives. Authors Casey Plett, Caroline Adderson, and Marie Annharte Baker will discuss their approach to writing about emotionally heavy topics. From theatre performances to fiction to editorial columns, each writer tackles difficult issues with a unique voice and style of humour. Prepare for an event that might leave you laughing through tears.  

Sunday, March 4, 1:30pm–3:30pm | By Donation
Native Education College @ 285 East 5th Avenue
This event will feature ASL Interpretation

White Feminists: Stop Right Now, Thank You Very Much
Gwen Benaway, Jillian Christmas, Chelene Knight, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Moderator: Ijeoma Oluo

“Feminism” might have been Merriam-Webster’s word of the year, but who is really entitled to be a part of the #squad? White feminism is defined by its constricting definition of what women and liberation look like for all women, and its ignorance to intersections of marginalization—anything that isn’t sexism—such as racism, transphobia, homophobia, classism, ableism, and discrimination against sex workers. Moderator Ijeoma Oluo is joined by four authors of different genres, Chelene Knight, Gwen Benaway, Jillian Christmas, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia, to discuss why feminism isn’t all girl power!, and how a colourblind and exclusionary “feminism” only further erases the voices of women who experience multiple intersections of oppression.

Sunday, March 4, 1:30pm–3:30pm | By Donation
School Creative @ 112 East 3rd Avenue

This event will feature ASL Interpretation

WORKSHOP: Art as Medicine - Writing for Personal Insight and Creativity
Instructors: Jónína Kirton and Sharon Jinkerson-Brass

Storytelling around a fire is a time honoured tradition amongst Indigenous people the world over. Join Indigenous Elder and multi-media artist Sharon Jinkerson-Brass and Métis/Icelandic poet Jónína Kirton for this four-hour workshop where together we will use circle and ceremony to bring forth a unique cross-cultural storytelling/writing experience. Our ancient tradition known as a talking circle will give new and advanced writers a supportive and nurturing environment to share the work that they create in this session.

Sunday, March 4, 2:30pm–6:30pm | $20
The Boardroom @ 24 West 4th Avenue

Love in Lit: Heartbreaks, Heteronormativity, and Clichés
Caroline Adderson, Gwen Benaway, Jillian Christmas, Casey Plett
Moderator: Anna Ling Kaye

When it comes to one of the most tired subjects in the history of storytelling, how can writers create a narrative that can move and matter? Four writers of different genres, Caroline Adderson, Casey Plett, Gwen Benaway, and Jillian Christmas, who have written about love and relationships and their various manifestations—first love, sex, marriage, heartaches, affairs, divorce, and abuse—gather together for this panel to discuss why and how they write about one of the most ubiquitous themes in literature.

Sunday, March 4, 4:30pm–6:30pm | By Donation
Native Education College @ 285 East 5th Avenue

This event will feature ASL Interpretation

Crossing Borders: Joys and Challenges of Speculative Fiction 
Amber Dawn, Molly Billows, Lydia Kwa, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Moderator: Emily Pohl-Weary

Join Amber Dawn, Molly Billows, Lydia Kwa, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia for readings and discussions that will transport you from our reality to alternate worlds and other realms. What do writers find most appealing and challenging about writing speculative fiction? Inspired by various traditions such as Chinese legends, Lovecraftian mythos, Mexican folklore, and ghost stories, these authors will discuss how they work with and against the common themes and conventions of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. 

Sunday, March 4, 4:30pm–6:30pm | By Donation
Native Education College @ 285 East 5th Avenue

This event will feature ASL Interpretation

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Growing Room takes place on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples.

School Creative
112 East 3rd Avenue, Vancouver

R&B Brewing
1-54 East 4th Avenue, Vancouver

The Boardroom 
24 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

The Native Education College
237 East 5th Avenue, Vancouver

The Fox Cabaret
2321 Main Street, Vancouver


All venues are easily accessible by transit, including the #84, #3, #99, and #9 bus routes, the Olympic Village Station on the Canada Line, and the Main Street - Science World Station on the Expo Line. Information on bus routes and schedules can be found at

Free parking is available in the parking lot at the Native Education College, while there is a paid parking lot on 6th and Main near the Fox Cabaret. Street parking is available on any of the numbered streets west of Ontario Street after 4pm on weekdays and on weekends. There is also limited street parking available on 3rd Street in front of School Creative.


All venues at Growing Room are on the ground floor or accessible by elevator. Washrooms are available on the same floors as the venue.

24 West 4th Ground Floor/The Boardroom: 

*Note, many of these doors will be propped open for the sake of the event. 

  • Front door to building: Double doors 35" wide each, swing inward. Vertical bar handles. Note: front doors at 3" off ground. A ramp is available.
  • 2nd Door (into foyer): Double doors 35" wide each, swing inward. Door handle height 39" 
  • 3rd Door (into hallway): 34.5" wide, swings outward. Door handle height 39". Note: there is a 3" high step once through the 3rd door into the hallway. An alternate route through the building without the step is available.
  • 4th Door (into boardroom): 34" wide, swings inward. Door handle height 39" 

Groundfloor washroom is non-gendered. 

  • Washroom door 34.5" wide, swings inward. Handle height 39"
  • Washroom dimensions: 60" wide x 90" long
  • Distance between toilet and wall: 31"
  • Toilet height: 17" 
  • Sink height: 37" 

R&B Brewing:

  • Hallway (into event space): 30.25". An alternate, wider route is available through the restaurant.
  • Hallway (into bathrooms): 35" wide.
  • Washroom doors: 32" wide
  • Washrooms open to all genders. Single-use washroom available.


The majority of panels and readings will feature ASL Interpretation, however interpreters will not be available at the following events unless requested: the Opening Night Party, Fainting Couch Feminists Live, Gimme a Beat!, New Shoots, A Night of Family Secrets, Linking Past and Present, all workshops, and manuscript consultations.

If you require the services of an ASL interpreter for a workshop you are registered in, an event you plan on attending, or a manuscript consultation, please contact Meghan Bell at by February 15, 2018.


Help us keep Growing Room a scent-reduced space by skipping the perfume, scented shampoo, or other products during festival weekend.


Please note that drugs and alcohol are not permitted on the premises of the Native Education College. Failure to respect the wishes of the venue may result in you being asked to leave your event.

There will be a cash bar at all events at R&B Brewing (beer and wine only). The bar will also be open during all events at the Fox Cabaret.

Some information is incomplete. Full accessibility information will be available before ticket sales go live on February 1.

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This year our sponsor hotel is the Best Western Plus Uptown hotel. If you're attending the festival from out of town and need accommodation, just mention you're with the Growing Room festival and you will be eligible for the group rate, which is $105 per night for a single room and $110 per night for a double. Reservations can be booked by calling 604-267-2000. The manager, Sunny, is very kind and will be able to assist you!

The Best Western is centrally located in historic Mount Pleasant, only minutes from downtown and many of the city's attractions. It is also wonderfully close to this year's festival venues—walking distance if it isn't pouring rain! 

The Vancouver Best Western Plus Uptown hotel also features elegantly appointed non-smoking guest rooms, all equipped with amenities that have become synonymous with the Best Western name. Conveniences include cable TV, microwave and fridge, coffee maker, free high-speed wireless internet and a work desk with ergonomic chair in each room.

If you have any questions regarding accommodation, or need help with a booking, please contact production [at] roommagazine [dot] com. Mica, our hospitality coordinator, will be happy to help you out. 

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Download our Sponsorship Package and Advertising Information

If you are interested in getting involved with the festival as a sponsor, partner, or advertiser, please contact Meghan Bell at publisher [at] roommagazine [dot] com by January 20, 2018. 

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January 8, 2018 | Room magazine announces author line-up for the second annual Growing Room literary festival

August 8, 2017 | Growing Room returns to Vancouver next March!

If you have a media request, or inquiries about festival programming, please contact Chelene Knight at managingeditor [at] roommagazine [dot] com.

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Where is the festival bookstore?

The 2018 Growing Room festival will not have a dedicated bookstore. Instead, every venue will have a sales table where you can purchase books by festival authors after each event.

How do I cancel or transfer my tickets?

(1) Access Your Account on Eventbrite: You should receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite when you register. To access or sign up for an Eventbrite account, click “Log in” under “Your Account” at the bottom of your confirmation email. Once you are logged in, click your name in the top-right corner and select “Tickets” from the drop down menu. Click on “Growing Room Festival 2018” and you should be able to see all of the events you registered for at the festival. 

(2) Give Your Ticket to Someone Else: By clicking “Edit” on any of your events, you may update the name and contact information for who will be attending. Please click the box that says “Send confirmation email to new attendee” before saving any updates.

(3) Exchange an Event for Another Event at Growing Room: Click “Transfer” on the event you wish to exchange. Click “Change Ticket”, and select the new event you wish to attend. Click “Continue”, and follow the instructions on subsequent pages. If you are changing a free or less expensive event for a more expensive one, you will be asked to cover the dfference in price, regardless of whether you donated when you initially registered.

(4) Cancel Registration for One or More Events: To cancel all of your events, click “Cancel Order” after the steps in (1). To cancel one or more events, but not all, follow the steps in (3) to exchange a ticket with another event (any free event will do, as it will be cancelled in the next step). You will receive a new confirmation with the exchanged ticket and an additional “Growing Room Festival 2018” event in your Eventbrite page. Click on the (exchanged) event, and click the cancel button on the left-hand side of the screen. If you return to Current Orders, the rest of your tickets should still be there.

Need assistance to cancel or exchange an event? Contact Chelene Knight at

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