Linda Svendsen is a producer, screenwriter, fiction writer, and story editor. The recipient of numerous distinctions, she has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for screenwriting (2006), the Peabody, (2005), a Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Research/Creation Grant (2004), 2 Geminis including Best Miniseries and Best Writing, 2 Leos, including Best TV Series and Best Writing, all for her work on Human Cargo.
For At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story, a mother’s Supreme Court bid for physician-assisted suicide, Linda received the Top Ten Award, Writers Guild of Canada, for Best Screenplay and a Leo (1999). Her 1994 adaptation of The Diviners won the Gemini for Best TV Movie.
Her story collection Marine Life was nominated for the LA Times First Novel Award and produced as a feature film. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, O. Henry Prize Stories and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Linda received her MFA from Columbia University, followed by a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford and a Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe. She is a Professor in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.