Dark red and blue text on a light yellow rectangle against a dark blue background, with a photo of a mixed Vietnamese/white woman with long black hair and a light blue top, smiling at the camera. Text: Asian Writers Group. Workshop with Mai-Anh Peterson of besea.n. 20th September 2023, 7pm-9pm. Online. For UK-based writers of East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, West Asian, and/or mixed heritage.

Asian Writers Group: Workshop with Mai-Anh Peterson – 20th September 2023

Calling all Asian writers in/from the UK!


Join us for our Asian Writers Group on Wednesday 20 September, 7-9pm.


To celebrate ESEA Heritage Month, we’re hosting this workshop led by Mai-Anh Peterson of besea.n!


Please be mindful when booking. This is an event for Asian writers based in the UK.


For writers of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, West Asian, and/or mixed heritage


Celebrate with us in this evening of creativity, connection, and innovation, brought to you by one of the core team members behind Britain’s East and Southeast Asian Network (besea.n)!

Writers at all levels of experience, from beginners to veterans, and in all disciplines, forms, and genres are welcome.

This is a writing workshop for Asian writers centred on the theme ‘Roots/Routes.’ Together, we will aim to support the exploration and celebration of cultural heritage and personal journeys. The workshop will include prompts for storytelling and reflective writing, to encourage participants to delve into their family roots, ancestral connections, and the routes or journeys they’ve taken in life. Additionally, there will be space for group discussions, to promote a supportive and empowering environment for participants to express their unique experiences and perspectives.

The aim of this workshop is to create a safer space for Asian writers of colour to come together and share their creativity, their ideas, and their heritage, while celebrating East and Southeast Asian heritage. We appreciate that everyone has different backgrounds and different stories to tell, but we welcome all voices regardless of race or ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, disability status etc, as long as our intent is focused on care and empathy. We also recognise that the terms ‘Asian’, ‘ESEA’, or ‘BIPOC’ may be more meaningful to some than others, that some people may not identify with these terms, and language and identity are ultimately fluid concepts. This workshop is for anyone with Asian heritage in the UK who wants to honour their roots/routes – this includes anyone of mixed heritage.


Register here for Asian Writers Group: Workshop with Mai-Anh Peterson


About Mai-Anh

Mai-Anh is a British-Vietnamese, Hong-Kong-born, Edinburgh-based Londoner. She is a co-founder of besea.n (Britain’s East and South East Asian Network), advocate for ESEA communities in the UK, writer and SaaS program manager, passionate about digital solutions and social justice. She has written for publications such as gal-dem, Bad Activist Collective and Shado magazine, covering topics of advocacy, migration, anti-racism and ESEA community building. She has delivered workshops and speaking events for organisations like China Exchange, Imperial College London, Amazon, Microsoft and PayPal, and regularly conducts active bystander training to support victims of identity-based violence. In her spare time, she enjoys butchering the Vietnamese language (‘learning’), devouring #ESEAReads and sampling different #ESEAEats. With some of her besea.n colleagues, she is currently working on a book about ESEA advocacy and activism in the UK. You can find her on Instagram @maianhpeterson or on Twitter @mapeterson8.

The Details


  • There is a max of 20 spaces.
  • Registration is free! However, if you are able to offer a donation – any amount/Pay What You Can – to help keep SBWN running, we would be very grateful for your support.
  • This event will be hosted online using Zoom (instructions will be sent to participants closer to the date).
  • The event includes a 10-15min comfort break.
  • Our events are very popular and have a waitlist. If you have registered for a ticket but then are unable to attend please do let us know so we can offer it to another person on the waitlist. Thank you!
  • All SBWN events will adhere to our safer spaces policy. You can learn more about our policy here.
Access & Tech

Before participating in this online event, please note the following:


  • All events are suitable for participants aged 18+.
  • To participate you will need an internet/wi-fi connection, a desktop or mobile device to join by audio and/or video and writing materials/device.
  • Events are hosted online using Zoom (instructions will be sent 2 days before each event or can be accessed via the Eventbrite Online Event page).
  • You may mute your mic/switch off video or take a break at any time.
  • Automatic live captions and transcripts are provided via Otter.ai. Please add your access requirements during registration and we’ll do our best to provide.
  • We now have data (£7) and caregiver/childcare bursaries (£30) for participants on low incomes – simply email an invoice to scottishbpocwriters@gmail.com for the suggested amount.
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