Join us at Growing Room, Canada’s feminist literary festival. There are a handful of ways you can get involved:
Sponsor Growing Room
From March 8 – 17, 2019, the third annual Growing Room festival will present 75+ diverse women and genderqueer authors in 40+ events, attracting an expected 750+ unique readers, writers, activists, and publishing industry professionals for ten days of workshops, panels, and special events in various venues around Vancouver. The first two festivals attracted 500 unique attendees and 600 unique attendees respectively, and averaged a total attendance of approximately 1,500. Room is committed to inclusion and accessibility, and registration for panels and readings at the festival will be pay-what-you-can or by-donation.
Interested in supporting Growing Room? Download our Sponsorship Package.
Volunteer for Growing Room
Information on how to volunteer for the 2019 Growing Room festival will be available by December 2018.
Other Ways to Support the Festival
Make a donation when you register. The majority of panels and readings at Growing Room are by-donation or free to attend. By choosing to donate when you register, you are helping us secure the future of the festival—helping us to reimburse authors fairly, bring in writers from out of town, and cover venue and staffing costs while keeping the festival financially and physically accessible. If your registration fees and donations come to $35 or more, you’ll also get a one-year subscription to Room! Not sure if you want to donate? Register for free and you’ll have the opportunity to donate to Room or buy a subscription after each of your events.
Subscribe. Subscribe to receive Room, Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal in your mailbox each quarter! Each beautiful issue includes fiction, poetry, essays, art, interviews, and reviews from emerging and established women (cis and trans), trans men, Two-Spirit, and non-binary writers. Learn more at roommagazine.com/subscribe or visit one of our tables after your event.
Check out one of our book sales tables. Books by festival authors, Room merchandise, back issues, subscriptions, and more will be available for sale at merchandise tables at each venue after your event.
On behalf of Room, thank you for your ongoing support. We wouldn’t be here without readers like you.
We accept pitches from publishers and agents for authors to consider in our programming. Email Chelene Knight (managingeditor [at] roommagazine [dot] com) if you would like to propose an author for the 2019 festival.
What does a successful Growing Room pitch look like? Tell us why you think your author would be a great fit for our festival. Present us with a few examples of panel themes that you think 1) have not been done before and 2) will showcase your author’s craft and contribution to the community.
Growing Room is put together by a different diverse programming team every year. We sit down in person to discuss, research, and put together a unique program over a period of four months. We would love to take your pitches to the programming table!
Not sure if your idea is up our alley or not? Check out last year’s events.
Deadline for pitches: September 15, 2018