Vancouver Sun: On SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit

Spoke a bit about SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit and Air India [Redacted] in a recent Vancouver Sun article:

“SFU Woodward’s is about programming and space,” she said. “Once you have the ability to bring people to it, to meet other people and to perform your work and to have space of this quality — that just helps deepen the art.”

Saklikar views the complex as a creative magnet that provides opportunities on many levels for students, artists and the public alike…

Read the full piece here

Absence/Longing: writing towards silence and longing

Looking forward to hosting this writing workshop TODAY at the Anvil Centre:

Renee Saklikar, author of children of air india
Photo by A.Tsabari

“Award-winning author Renée Sarojini Saklikar hosts an afternoon reading, with conversation and writing prompts to help participants explore personal and cultural trauma. Renée will share her personal journey in writing poetry “children of air india”, un/authorized exhibits and interjections,  particularly her approach to invention strategies for telling difficult and painful personal and historical stories. There will be plenty of time for questions and for writing, with an opportunity for participants to read briefly from their work, should they choose.

Present for the discussion will be artists from Turning Point Ensemble, with whom Renee is collaborating on an adaptation of her book for music and voice. Learn about  how artistic collaborations can forge new ways of approaching events in our lives that can haunt us as we seek to confront, question, and heal. FREE, but reservations are required.”

Date & Time: Sept 12th, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Studio 411 at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., New West
Registration: Call 604-515-3837 or email jeremy(at)

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Tereza Verenca / New West Record interviews me about writing and trauma

‘An incredible journey for which I feel gratitude’

The Record caught up with award-winning author Renée Saklikar to talk about her poetry collection, her upcoming writing workshop and more…

Renée Saklikar will be hosting a writing workshop at Anvil Centre on Sept. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. The award-winning author will be talking about her book Children of Air India: Un/authorized Exhibits and Interjections (Nightwood Editions, 2013) and how the narrative strategies she uses helps with personal trauma. – READ MORE HERE

“4. Talk about your approach to invention strategies and how it’s been able to allow you to tell these stories.
This is what I hope to encourage people to contemplate in their own writing. I’ve found through my research that sentiment can be a real problem when you’re writing your own trauma story because too easily, it becomes about cliché, and it can actually shut your readership out. So how do you get distance from sentiment and get to emotion, which is different. Think about persona. I created this persona where I used the letter N for niece, for narrator. That put distance between me, Renée Saklikar and who I wanted to create, so that I could invite the reader in to go on this journey.” READ MORE HERE