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Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence Colleen Murphy lectures Feb. 6

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Feb 3/14

Colleen Murphy, an award-winning playwright and screenwriter and the 2014 Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence, will deliver her first of two “Generating Art” public lectures Thursday, Feb. 6 at Laurier’s Waterloo campus. “Generating Art I” begins at 4 p.m. in the Dr. Alvin Woods Building, room 2-104.

Widely respected in theatrical circles, Murphy is an internationally acclaimed author of 10 plays, including the new plays The Goodbye Bird – which Murphy created during her 2011-2012 residency with Finborough Theatre in London, UK – and Armstrong’s War, which premiered at Vancouver’s Arts Club theatre in 2013. Her screenplays include the Genie-nominated Termini Station, and her films have played to audiences at film festivals in Germany and France, as well as at the Toronto International Film Festival. Murphy won a Governor General’s Award in 2007 for her play The December Man.

In addition to her public lectures, one of Murphy’s duties as the Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence is to help students with their writing. Murphy is offering one-on-one consultation for all Laurier students from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until April 17 in her office in DAWB 5-108A. Students may drop by during those hours, or they can make an appointment with Murphy by contacting her at

About the Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence program
The Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence program was established in 2012 through a bequest from Canadian author Edna Staebler. The program is a full-time, three-month residency for Canadian writers. The writer-in-residence is based on Laurier’s Waterloo campus for the entire three months, and splits his or her time between writing and community programming at Laurier’s multiple campuses. Community programming includes reading manuscripts and consulting with students and the public, visiting classrooms, and giving readings and lectures. The residency launched with author Andrew Westoll.


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