2 May 2016

On Getting an Agent

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I’ve had many discussions with writers, agents, and more about the argument of acquiring a literary agent or to not bother. Finding one in Canada can be a real challenge, considering our market is so much smaller. With just a handful of agents to choose from (you can find a list in the Canadian Writer’s […]

25 Apr 2016

Watch: an interview with Emily Pohl-Weary

Emily Pohl-Weary Emily Pohl-Weary is an award-winning author, editor, and creative writing instructor. Her latest books are Ghost Sick, a collection of poetry about tragedy and resilience in downtown Toronto, and Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, a young adult fantasy novel. Her previous books include a Hugo Award-winning biography, a ghost love story, a female […]

24 Apr 2016

How to continue learning with UBC Creative Writing department

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Are you looking to revitalize your writing practice? Here are some ways the Creative Writing Department is still available to you after you graduate. 1. You can take this series of online courses on EdX run by alumni Annabel Lyon and Nancy Lee who currently teach in the UBC Creative Writing department. SIGN UP HERE. […]

7 Apr 2016

Storytelling Live

This week Francine Cunningham of the alumni association caught up with Alum Erika Thorklson to talk a bit about The Storytelling Show, a radio broadcast she runs with fellow alumni and local Vancouver writers. They chatted about the philosophy of the show, how it was started and the upcoming LIVE SHOW on April 9th, 2016 at […]

15 Feb 2016

WATCH: An interview with Adrick Brock

ADRICK BROCK Adrick Brock is a writer from Toronto, Ontario. His fiction has appeared in The New Quarterly, EVENT, The Malahat Review, Riddle Fence, The Dalhousie Review and was shortlisted for the 2012 CBC Short Story contest. His first published story, ‘Nina In The Body Of A Clown,’ won the 2014 Western Magazine Award for […]

12 Feb 2016

 “The Birdwatcher” to premier at Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

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UBC Creative Writing Alumni, Roslyn Muir, is proud to present “The Birdwatcher,” her latest film. Imperative Pictures is proud to announce that its feature film, The Birdwatcher will have its Vancouver Premiere at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival in celebration of International Women’s Day in March 2016. The Birdwatcher is the story of Saffron, […]

8 Feb 2016


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Two years ago, (mind you, AFTER my thesis was completed), my husband bought me Scrivener software. It is designed to help you organize your manuscript, including fiction, plays, and screenplays, by offering one stop shopping for character profiles, gathering research, and outlining, not to mention actual writing. I had always balked against this kind of […]

8 Jan 2016

When You Feel Like Giving Up

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  As writers, we have to become professionals at accepting rejection because this is a business where hearing “no” in various polite forms becomes part of writing life. But despite the harrowing assurances of our families and that MFA hanging on the wall, many of us come to a moment where it feels like all […]

18 Dec 2015

Are You Our Next Local Representative?

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We’ve been busy here at the alumni association, doing our best to arrange new and exciting opportunities for our members. Our first summer residency, with positions open to alumni, was a huge success, and we want to continue that momentum. One thing we’ve been hearing from our members is that they want to self-organize, since […]

15 Dec 2015

WATCH: An interview with poet Ruth Daniell

RUTH DANIELL Ruth Daniell is a writer and editor originally from Prince George, BC, who currently lives in Vancouver. Recent work appears or will appear in Room, Qwerty, the Antigonish Review, Grain, and Arc Poetry Magazine. Her poem “Fire and Safety” received the 2014 Young Buck Poetry Prize through Contemporary Verse 2.     ruthdaniell.ca […]