Linda Svendsen

Fiction & Television
Office: Buchanan E169
Office Phone: 604-827-2916
Email: linda (dot) svendsen (at) ubc (dot) ca



Courses Taught

CRWR 416J-002  – Writing for Television
CRWR 509I-D01 – Advanced Writing of Fiction
CRWR 514I-001 & 514J-002 – Advanced Writing for Television & Web Series
CRWR 599 Thesis

About Linda Svendsen


Fiction:  Sussex Drive, a novel, was published by Random House Canada in 2012 and was a nominee for the CBC Bookies-Ron MacLean Award for Most Hilarious/Witty book.  It’s a political satire based in Ottawa.  Linda’s story collection, Marine Life, was published in Canada (HarperCollinsCanada), the U.S. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and Germany (Residenz Verlag).  Her stories have appeared in Seventeen, The Atlantic, Saturday Night, Prairie Schooner, Epoch, Fiddlehead, O. Henry Prize Stories, Best Canadian Stories and other anthologies such as The Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women in English and The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories, edited by Margaret Atwood and Robert Weaver, and I Know Some Things: Stories About Childhood by Contemporary Writers, edited by Lorrie Moore. Marine Life was nominated for the LA Times First Book Award and made into a feature film.  Linda graduated with her MFA from Columbia University and held the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford and the Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe.  A story from Marine Life is forthcoming in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, 8th Edition.


Linda co-produced and co-wrote Human Cargo, CBC’s six-hour dramatic limited series about the impact of war and globalization upon refugees, which shot in Vancouver and South Africa.  The series garnered the 2004 Peabody Award, the Robert Wagner Narrative Screenwriting Award from the Columbus International Film and Television Festival, seven Geminis and was invited to the Rencontres Internationales de Television in Rheims, France and sold to 82 countries. Other long-form writing credits include Murder Unveiled (with Brian McKeown), At The End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story, and The Diviners, adapted from the Margaret Laurence novel. She has written episodic for Airwaves and These Arms of Mine.  In 2006, she received the John Simon Guggenheim Award.  For a full list of awards and credits, visit her website at