Kelly Shorrocks, MFA 2014

How did your time in the Creative Writing Program influence your work?

My MFA at UBC helped me see I was a writer all along, even when I carried countless other roles within me. It was like being handed a tool to excavate those writing skills, polish them up and employ them creatively, in a style that could be all mine.

What’s your latest published/performed work?

Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes from the Forces (McClelland & Stewart, Aug 2019)

What are your most recent awards?

-Memoir noted as top 100 Books of 2019 with Globe and Mail and instant National Bestseller

-2nd place in the 2019 Room Magazine Creative Non Fiction contest

-2018 Runner-up Feature Article of the Year with Professional Writers Association of Canada

-House of Anansi Press Golden Anniversary Prize for fiction

-Barbara Novak Award for Personal Essay, 2012 and 2017

Are you connected to any creative writing communities you’d like to mention (UBC alums, film and theatre communities, etc)?

-Writers’ Union of Canada

-Canadian Non Fiction Collective Society

-Canadian Freelance Guild

Is there anything else about your writing career you’d like to share?

Have taught at Trent University, Royal Roads University, and Loyalist College.


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