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Meredith Hambrock – 2023/24 Writer in Residence

Meredith Hambrock is a television writer and novelist who grew up in Toronto but has lived in Vancouver since 2005. She holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia and has worked in writing rooms on over 125 episodes of TV comedy.

Most recently, she worked as Executive Story Editor for Corner Gas Animated, writing nine episodes of the CSA-winning series. In 2022, she was nominated for the Leo Award for Best Writing for Animation for her episode, A Lot to Be Desired. Since, she’s worked in development on series for CBC Gem, BBC Scotland, and others.

Her short fiction has been published in Descant, Maisonneuve, The Rusty Toque, Existere, Dragnet and Little Fiction. She was a finalist for the 2011 CBC Short Story prize and won the People’s Choice Award for her story, All the Girls Love Jesus.

In 2022, Meredith’s first novel was published by Crooked Lane Books, a literary mystery called Other People’s Secrets. It was named one of The Rapsheet Mag’s Best Reads of 2022 and was nominated for a Lefty Award in the Best Debut Mystery Category.

Meredith has worked as a professional script reader, analyst, and contest judge for many different writing competitions. However, it is her work with writers she finds most rewarding and she has recently enjoyed teaching writers at many film schools and colleges in the Vancouver area. Meredith describes herself as a huge nerd for narrative and genuinely believes anyone can write, as long as they are willing to sit with the frustration and embrace the agony.

Office Hours

Sep 5, 2023 – May 29, 2024
Tuesdays / 12:30 – 9 pm
Wednesdays / 1 – 9 pm

Contact Information

Phone: 306.975.7598

Book an Appointment

Please use this form to submit work that you would like the Writer in Residence to review. After submitting this form, you will receive a follow-up message from the Writer in Residence to set up an appointment.

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    Please adhere to the following submission limits: Poetry (max 5 poems); Prose (max 25 pages); Screenplays/TV scripts/Plays (max 35 pages). If you would like to submit a paper version, please visit one of our libraries and drop off your submission at the service desk. If you are planning to drop off a paper copy, type-written text is preferred.


Upcoming Writer in Residence Events

Sunday / Nov 26 / 2 – 5 pm
Frances Morrison Central Library

Come hang out and work on some writing prompts related to developing complex, three-dimensional characters to anchor your work of fiction or your next great play or screenplay.

Registration opens Oct 29

Sunday / Jan 21 / 2 – 4 pm
Frances Morrison Central Library

Come learn about sitcoms. We will discuss the different comedic styles seen on television and break a funny story together, TV-writer’s room style.

Registration opens Dec 24

Sunday / Feb 11 / 2 – 4 pm
Frances Morrison Central Library

In this workshop, we’ll discuss strategies for using structure to help give your novel form and momentum. We’ll consider the idea of “plot” and how to integrate it into more literary work.

Registration opens Jan 14

Wednesday / Feb 28 / 7 – 9 pm
Frances Morrison Central Library

Query letters and synopses are integral to the process of finding an agent or a publisher. In this hands-on workshop, we will break down the elements of a great query and demystify synopsis writing.

Registration opens Jan 31

Sunday / Mar 3 / 2 – 4 pm
Frances Morrison Central Library

Come chat about writing for animation. We’ll look at the differences between writing for animation and for other screen-based forms, review scripts, and do some short writing exercises.

Registration opens Feb 11

Sunday / Apr 7 / 2 – 4 pm
Frances Morrison Central Library

So you’ve finished a first draft of a novel or a screenplay … now what? Come discuss strategies to help take the dread out of revision and rewriting.

Registration opens Mar 10