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Writing Climate Change and Social Justice: A Workshop with Renee Sarojini Saklikar

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Upstart & Crow Studio


Join award-winning writer Renee Sarojini Saklikar at Upstart & Crow on Thursday, Feb. 22 for a free creative writing workshop focused on exploring and processing your reactions to climate change and social justice concerns through writing.

This intimate workshop invites readers and writers into a pause moment to process the “unprecedented” by working through a cross-genre (creative non-fiction; fiction; poetry) series of guided writing prompts and discussion. Bring your laptop and/or your journal/pens/pencils, and an open mind and heart.

What you’ll learn:

  • Tips and prompts on how to creatively respond, in writing, to climate change and social justice concerns.
  • Suggestions for world-building, “dream storming” written ideas, character building, and an introduction to epic fantasy in verse.
  • Creative tips on how to sustain writing practice through self-care journalling, movement and social connections.

There are only 10 spots available for this free workshop, so don’t delay. Reserve your spot here.

About your workshop teacher:

Renée Sarojini Saklikar is the author of five books, including the award-winning Children of Air India and Listening to the Bees, with essays and short fiction appearing in literary magazines and anthologies, including Exile Editions, Chatelaine, The Capilano Review, and Pulp Literature. The latest volume of her epic fantasy in verse is Bramah’s Quest (Nightwood Editions, 2023). She was the poet laureate of the City of Surrey (2015-2018) and teaches creative writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

This workshop is possible thanks to funding from the League of Canadian Poets.

More about Upstart & Crow:

Located on Granville Island, Upstart & Crow is a literary arts studio for curious readers and creative storytellers alike. We are international in our outlook, and local in our sensibilities. We create opportunities to surface new talent and champion bold ideas through events, workshops, literary launches, unique partnerships — and yes, we also sell books!

Health precautions:

We want this event to be fun and safe. Masks are welcome, though we won’t enforce them. We hope that folks who come will be vaccinated and boosted and will stay home if they feel ill.


This workshop takes place in our upper mezzanine while the store is open, so there will be some minor ambient noise in the background. There is a set of 12 stairs to reach the upper mezzanine, and unfortunately it is not wheelchair accessible. There is a washroom on the main floor available for attendees. If you would like to attend but require accommodations, please contact us and we’ll strive to find a solution for you.

Questions: hello@upstartandcrow.com

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