Brave New Play Rites:
The Brave New Play Rites Festival features the new works of playwrights in the Creative Writing Program. The festival provides students with the opportunity to have their short plays produced, as well as giving directors from the theatre program and student production staff a chance to practise their craft.
This innovative program provides an opportunity for MFA graduate students to gain teaching experience by instructing junior and senior high school students in creative writing. Students are paid a nominal honorarium (approximately $300) which is funded in part by the Vancouver School Board and in part by the Creative Writing Program. Students involved in the program are matched with the schools; each teaches eight sessions of creative writing workshops over the academic year. The graduate students are mentored by the high school teachers; there is a public reading and an annual publication of the New Shoots anthology of selected student work.
Locution Reading Series:
Locution is an offshoot of UBC’s Creative Writing MFA program that invites current MFA writers, as well as graduates who have gone on to acclaim within their genres, to share their work in an informal setting. A diverse group of genres (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, songwriting) will be represented. Events are usually held monthly at the Cottage Bistro on Main Street in Vancouver during the academic term (September-April).