The Downtown Memory Project

December 10, 2007 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

From our colleagues in the little pods across the way:

The Harbour Centre

Place evokes memory. Even places that may be new to us evoke memories of places that we’ve inhabited at another time in our life. For instance, you might walk along Pender Street and a whiff of food, or the look of a particular storefront will transport you to a previous experience.

You are invited to write about your memory of downtown Vancouver: a building,a street, a person, or a neighbourhood that is or was significant to your life.

Downtown Vancouver, from Burrard Street on the west to Main Street on the east, False Creek on the south to the Burrard Inlet on the north, is an area that has been built and re-built over the past one hundred plus years. People who have lived within that boundary, or worked in the downtown have built up memory of the place. You may have memories of something that shaped your life, or provoked a transition for you. You might simply remember a building youworked in that still evokes strong emotion for you.

Submit approximately 250 words (maximum 300 words). You may also attach photographs or artwork (not original because these will not be returned).

• Attach your name to everything you submit so that if pieces are separated we can put it back together.
• Identify the streets and cross streets or the building address in your writing.
• Your submission is not required to be typed but it must be legible — calligraphy is acceptable.
• Submission deadline: January 4, 2008.

Selections will be made by a jury of alumni writers from the Writer’s Studio at SFU. Some work will be displayed at Harbour Centre and some will be included in a book that we will publish complete with a map locating your memory in the city. We will contact the authors of the work selected and indicate where your work will appear. Contest sponsor: Writing and Publishing Program, Harbour Centre

Anyone may enter—there is no entry fee. There will be no payment. Copyright will remain with the author. If selected, your work will become part of a collection of events being planned on the theme of‘memory’ in Vancouver during 2008.

Please send your written work and any attachments to: The Downtown Memory Project

Writing and Publishing Program, Simon Fraser University 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC Canada V6B 5K3

Or, drop it off in Room # 2300, 515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC
Our office is open from 8:30 am-7:00 pm Monday-Thursday and 8:30 am-4:30 pm Friday.
Please note we are closed between Christmas and New Years.

We also accept submissions by fax to 778-782-5098 or email to


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