Jen Sookfong Lee


JEN SOOKFONG LEE was born and raised in Vancouver's East Side, where she now lives with her husband and son. Her books include The Better Mother, The End of East and Shelter, a novel for young adults. Her poetry, fiction and articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including ELLE Canada, The Antigonish Review and Event. A popular radio personality, Jen was the voice behind CBC Radio One’s weekly writing column, Westcoast Words, for three years. She appears regularly as a contributor on The Next Chapter and Definitely Not the Opera, and is a frequent co-host of the Studio One Book Club.

Jen Sookfong Lee

SiWC Workshops

Saturday 3:30pm
We’ve all heard the old adage, “Write what you know,” and many of us are taking that to heart, using our memoirs or the memoirs of those we’re close to as springboards for a novel or a collection of short stories. However, using personal experience as fodder for your fiction can be riddled with challenges that most of us never anticipate. Jen Sookfong Lee will lead a fiction workshop that explores the issues of using what you know to create something entirely new. We will be discussing novels and short stories by established writers who have been open about mining their own experiences for their work. As well, Jen will talk about the publishing process and how to manage promotion when your book is intimately connected to your personal life or the lives of people you’re close to. Participants will be asked to describe their current fiction project, which will be discussed during the workshop.
Saturday 1:30pm

Don't want to limit yourself to just one genre or age group? Our panel has had success writing for both kids and adults. Join them for insight into how they approach each type of book, the differences in the writing, publishing, and marketing processes, and more.