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Congratulations to UBC Creative Writing BFA Alumnus Tara Armstrong. Her show, Mary Kills People premieres on Global TV tonight.
Mary Kills People, a character-driven, six-part television event follows Dr. Mary Harris – An overworked single mother and ER doctor who also moonlights as an underground angel of death – working outside the law assisting patients who want to die on their own terms. So far Mary has managed to stay under the radar but business is booming, and her double life is getting complicated.
The show is already gathering glowing reviews, such as this on in the Globe & Mail.
Congratulations to MFA Alumna Jennica Harper, who’s writing for Cardinal, the dramatic thriller which premieres on CTV tonight. Jennica previously wrote for and was Co-Executive Producer on the second season of YTV’s teen comedy Some Assembly Required. Before that, she spent three seasons writing and producing the YTV/Disney XD hit Mr. Young, and was a writer on Global’s crime drama Shattered. She is also an award-winning poet. She has had three books published, the most recent being Wood (Anvil Press, 2013).
The Creative Writing Alumni Association (CRWRAA) is pleased to present their first Professional Development Webinar. This inexpensive online event is open to alumni, students and writers from anywhere who are interested in hearing from industry professionals discuss whether:
To find an agent or to go the independent route…
To shop your book direct to the publisher or to source the perfect agent…
To self-publish or shred?
Don’t miss the Webinar on December 7, 2016 at 12 Noon Pacific Time!
Congratulations to alumna Eden Robinson, who was honoured for her contributions to Canadian literature with the $25,000 Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award. Robinson is the author of two novels, including the iconic book Monkey Beach and a short story collection. She will release a new novel, Son of a Trickster, in 2017.
Congratulations to our literary magazine, PRISM international. Colette Langlois’ literary fiction debut “The Emigrants”, first published in PRISM, was awarded the $10,000 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.
Welcome to our faculty and alumni joining the Vancouver Writers Festival this week: Deborah Campbell, Kevin Chong, Anne Fleming, Chris Humphreys, Anosh Irani, Amy Jones, Owen Laukkanen, Ashley Little, Kevin Patterson, Ellen Schwartz, Amy Stuart, Katherena Vermette, Fred Wah, Andrew Westoll, and Clea Young.
We’re especially proud to celebrate the New Shoots program with an event on Sunday, October 23, at 10:30 am, tickets $10. Featured writers include New Shoots students, plus Evelyn Lau and Kevin Chong. https://www.writersfest.bc.ca/2016/events/83-new-shoots
Congratulations to BFA Alumna Tara Armstrong, whose euthanasia-themed comedic drama series Mary Kills People has been picked up by the Lifetime network in the US for airing in 2017. More information here.
Alumnus Justin Neal (MFA in Creative Writing and Stage Playwriting) has written an commissioned eight episode television series titled LNG, as part of the Testify project, which pairs indigenous artists with lawyers in the creation of new work.
Focusing on an embattled liquified natural gas facility built on First Nations land in British Columbia, this comedic drama explores all dynamics swirling around this controversial plant — from a large scale conflict between tribal membership and the multinational corporation, to within individual relationships between family and old friends, on and off the reserve.
Congratulations to UBC MFA Alumni on this year’s shortlist for the Governor-General’s Literary Awards. Anosh Irani’s The Parcel, Katherena Vermette’s The Break and Rachel Rose’s Marry and Burn are among the finalists announced today. More details at the GGbooks website.
Creative Writing MFA candidate Wendy Bone has published Sanctuary at Last, about Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya refugees who were rescued by fishermen off the coast of Aceh, Indonesia in 2015. She worked on this story in her UBC Creative Non-fiction class and it was presented recently during the United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants.
Congratulations to alumni Anosh Irani and Katherena Vermette, who are both finalists for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. This $25,000 award for the best work of fiction published in the previous year will be awarded in November. Anosh Irani is nominated for his novel The Parcel. Katherena Vermette is nominated for her novel The Break.