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.


New Shoots:

This innovative program, well into its third decade, provides an opportunity for MFA students to gain hands-on teaching experience by instructing junior and senior high school students during the winter term. MFA students apply to be mentors, are matched with local schools, and work closely with both Creative Writing faculty and VSB teachers. Each mentor is paid an honorarium to create a tailored lesson plan and teach eight sessions of creative writing workshops to a class or after-school club. Every June, an annual New Shoots anthology of selected student work is launched with readings by students, mentors, and local authors. New Shoots is funded by ArtStarts, Vancouver School Board (VSB), and the Creative Writing Program at UBC.

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).