83 New Shoots
Over 30 years ago, the Vancouver School Board and UBC’s Creative Writing Program joined together to foster creative writing in the city’s public schools—thus, New Shoots was born. Every September, New Shoots sends MFA Creative Writing students into Vancouver’s public high schools where they mentor young writers in poetry, fiction, playwriting, graphic forms and memoir. At this cross-generational event, New Shoots writers from the past and present take the stage to read their work and discuss finding a creative outlet early in life. Vancouver high school teacher and poet Jeff Steudel will join current New Shoots students and alumnae, such as writers Kevin Chong and Evelyn Lau.