2018 New Shoots Anthology Launch

We can’t stop reading the anthology!

A fabulous time was had by all at the 2018 New Shoots Anthology Launch!

Every year the Creative Writing Department partners with the Vancouver School Board and we send MFA’s into secondary schools as New Shoots Mentors. From December to May, New Shoots Mentors work with students as they explore every genre of writing imaginable (and a few more). In June, we publish an anthology of the students’ work and celebrate their accomplishments at a launch party. This year we were joined by Jen Sookfong Lee and Wayde Compton.

Jen and Wayde read their work alongside the fantastic New Shoots students, as did two of our MFA Mentors, Meagan Black and Andrew Dasselaar. These writers brought their poems, fiction and nonfiction to life, cheering each other on, and we ate almost all the cake.

Wayde Compton (right) with our New Shoots Student readers

Thanks to all of the mentors, students, teachers, families and friends of New Shoots for coming out and making this event such a celebration!

To all new and returning MFA’s who live in Vancouver: in September we will be looking for New Shoots Mentors for 2018-2019… You’ll be hearing from us!

More pictures follow (photo credits: Olga Holin).

The beautiful anthology!

A student reads her work