Visiting Authors

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies invites accomplished novelists, essayists, poets, screenwriters, and playwrights present their work through the public FCCS Reading Series at the Okanagan Regional Library and other venues around the Okanagan. The Writer-in-Residence program promotes Canadian writing and literature to Okanagan residents and provides emerging writers with the opportunity to get feedback on their creative work.

Annual Sharon Thesen Lecture

Sharon Thesen was the first full professor in the Department of Creative Studies and is now professor emerita here at UBC. She is also a renowned Canadian poet and editor. The Creative Writing program at UBC intends for the Sharon Thesen lecture to acknowledge her contributions to British Columbian and Canadian literature and to the Creative Writing Program at UBC Okanagan. In her honor, a different writer each year will give a lecture that tackles key issues of contemporary writing, poetics, and Canadian literature. By recording each lecture, we will create a wonderful resource of contemporary thinking by writers.

Writer in Residence

Naben Ruthnum

Naben Ruthnum is joining us as the 2022 Writer in Residence, spending two weeks on campus from March 28 to April 5. He will read and offered feedback on manuscripts from local writers, offer a free public lecture, and be the judge for the Okanagan Short Story Contest while at UBCO.

Naben Ruthnum lives in Toronto, and is the author of the essay book Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race and the novel A Hero of Our Time. As Nathan Ripley, he is the author of two thrillers, Find You In the Dark and Your Life is Mine. His short fiction has won the Journey Prize and a National Magazine Award. He also writes for film and television, and has film and television projects in development at Oddfellows Entertainment.

Public Reading

Date: March 28, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: FINA gallery UBC Okanagan campus, 1148 Research Road

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Short Story Contest Winners Annoucement

Date: March 31, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Okanagan Regional Library, downtown branch

View the 2022 shortlisted authors. 

Both events are free and open to the public. Public health measures will be followed.

Call for Manuscripts

Writers of fiction, non-fiction or screenplays are invited to submit manuscripts for review and feedback. The Writer in Residence will meet with the first five general public authors whose manuscript submissions satisfy the requirements below and the first seven UBC student authors whose manuscript submissions satisfy the requirement below.

We regret that the Writer in Residence may not be able to meet with everyone who submits a manuscript. Meetings with the Writer in Residence are by appointment only and will occur between March 28 and April 4, 2022.  There is no fee for the appointment or to submit a manuscript.

Manuscripts must be submitted by Friday March 11 2022. 

  • For fiction or non-fiction, submit between 2500 to 3000 words or 10 – 12 typed pages, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman, single-sided.
  • Do not submit poetry, playscripts or other forms.
  • Be available for a meeting with the Writer in Residence during business hours on a Monday to Friday, between March 28 and April 4, 2022. (Meetings may held on Zoom, or could be held at the UBC campus or the downtown public library)
  • Include a cover page with your name, address, email, and telephone number. Material submitted will not be returned.
  • If you are a UBC student include your student number.

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Anti-Racist Reading Series

Katherena Vermette

Date: March 23, 2022
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Location: Online Virtual Event

The Anti-Racist Book Club and Reading Series presents a public reading with Katherena Vermette, a celebrated author of poetry, novels, children’s fiction and film. This is the second in the book-club series, and readers will discuss Vermette’s book, The Strangers.

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This event is organized by Creative Writing professor Kevin Chong and presented with support from UBC’s Anti-Racism Initiatives Fund.

Past Visiting Authors