University of the Fraser Valley

Memoirists will share writing tips at UFV event

Memoirists will share writing tips at UFV event

Three writers with a penchant for sharing secrets will spill about the process of memoir writing at the University of the Fraser Valley on March 18.

UFV Writer-in-Residence Lindsay Wong will host memoirists Jenny Heijun Wills and Antonio Michael Downing for a reading and conversation about the authors’ writing process.

Jenny Heijun Wills is a Canadian writer whose memoir Older Sister, Not Necessarily Related won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction in 2019. Her book was also named as one of the Globe & Mail’s “100 Books that Shaped 2019”, the CBC’s “Best Canadian Non-Fiction of 2019”, and Adoptee Readings’ “100 Adoptee-Authored Books from the Decade”. She teaches writing and critical race studies in literature at the University of Winnipeg.

Antonio Michael Downing is the author of Saga Boy. He grew up in southern Trinidad, northern Ontario, Brooklyn, and Kitchener. He is a musician, writer, and activist based in Toronto. His debut novel, Molasses, was published to critical acclaim. In 2017, he was named by the RBC Taylor Prize as one of Canada’s top emerging authors for nonfiction.

Thurs, March 18
11:30 am-12:30 pm
Online — Zoom

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

To register for this event:

Questions? Please contact the event’s organizer Lindsay Wong: