Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

The 2020 Growing Room festival will take place from March 11 – 15, 2020. The line-up and program will be announced in January 2020, and registration will open on February 1, 2020.

Pitches are now closed for the 2020 festival. We will accept pitches for Growing Room 2021 in the summer of 2020. Please see our guidelines.

“The new guard of CanLit has arrived, and it is young, diverse, wired—and passionately political.”—The Toronto Star

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival is Room magazine’s annual literary festival, a celebration of diverse Canadian writers and artists which takes place every March on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples (Vancouver, British Columbia).

Room is committed to inclusion and accessibility, and registration for the majority of panels and readings at Growing Room is pay-what-you-can or by-donation. Growing Room is a celebration, a protest, a reflection, a re-visioning, a gathering, a question, and a dream.

Accessibility information about festival venues is available at If you are planning on attending and require ASL interpretation at your events, please get in touch with our logistics manager, Meagan Black, at festival [at] roommagazine [dot] com by February 21, 2020.

Growing Room was founded in 2017 by the Growing Room Collective (led by collective members Meghan Bell, Chelene Knight, and Arielle Spence).

Festival Archives

2019 Festival
2018 Festival 

2017 Festival

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