5 Sep 2015

Are Writing Retreats Worth It?

Posted by in General

We’ve all heard musings about writing retreats. The creativity. The inspiration. The getaway. The productivity. And with so many varieties of writing retreats and residencies, it can be overwhelming to decide if one is right for you. We decided to look at the pros and cons of writing retreats, so you can decide for yourself. […]

22 Aug 2015

Storytelling Show Live

Posted by in Out in the world

Alumni Chelsea Rooney, Vanessa Woznow, and Erika Thorkelson are holding a storytelling event on August 22, TONIGHT! at Lost + Found Cafe at 33 W Hastings Street. “The event is called The Storytelling Show Live in honour of the one-hour show we host on Vancouver Co-op radio that focusses on the diverse true stories of […]

5 Jun 2015

Alumna, Marie Barlizo’s play Stroke on at the Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival.

  Alumna, Marie Barlizo has a workshop production of her stage play Stroke from June 11-21 at the Espace Freestanding Room as part of the 2015 St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival. Please see details below and if in the area check it out.   STROKE A new play written and directed by Marie Barlizo You […]

13 May 2015

Correction: Harper Collins UBC Creative Writing manuscript contest.

From the Creative Writing Department: Dear Students and Alumni, HCC have just informed us of an error in their letter to students; the email address for submissions is incorrect. It is listed as bestnewfiction@cookeagency.ca. The correct email is bestnewfictionprize@cookeagency.ca. If you have already sent your submission, please RESEND to the correct email. They apologize for […]

29 Apr 2015

HarperCollinsPublishersLtd/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction

Alumni, if you were not aware Harper Collins Publishers and UBC Creative Writing have teamed up to offer an astounding annual competition. Please see the press release below and attached documents. You do need a UBC student ID number in order to apply. If you need help retrieving your student number you may contact the […]

22 Apr 2015

2014 CBC Short Fiction award

Posted by in Publication, success

The 2014 CBC Short Fiction award shortlist included a UBC Creative Writing Alumni, Kirsten Madsen! Kirsten Madsen’s fiction has been published in Prairie Fire and The New Quarterly and was shortlisted in the Writers Union of Canada short prose competition in 2011. Her non-fiction has been published in EVENT magazine. She is a recent graduate […]

3 Dec 2014

December’s featured Alumni: An interview with Jeffery Ricker

December 2014’s Featured Alumni Jeffrey Ricker is the author of Detours (2011) and the YA fantasy The Unwanted (2014), both published by Bold Strokes Books. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction, A Family by Any Other Name, Men of the Mean Streets, and others. A 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow, […]

23 Nov 2014


Posted by in communication

Greetings Creative Writing Alumni!! The UBC Creative Writing Alumni Association (UBC-CRWRAA) is LAUNCHED! We have accrued a small amount of funding, formed an executive, drafted a strategic plan, devised several ways for alumni to join the association and stay connected. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook! WHO is UBC-CRWRAA? We’re currently a small team of […]