Frank Moher

Submitted by Michael Boquist on January 19, 2017 - 10:08am
Scriptwriting / Journalism

Frank Moher is an internationally-produced playwright and nationally-published journalist who teaches scriptwriting as well as feature writing and online journalism at VIU. His plays include Odd Jobs, which has been staged throughout North America as well as abroad, Big Baby, widely seen in Europe, and The Third Ascent and Supreme Dream, both of which toured Canada. He has also written for screen, TV, and radio. As a journalist, he has written for The Globe and Mail, the National Post, The Vancouver Sun, the Georgia Straight, and Salon.

Teaching Philosophy

I think the best way to learn to write is by writing. That means my job as an instructor is to keep you in a mood to write, excite you about writing, make sure my classes are engaging and provide you with motivation to write, and to help you fit writing into your no-doubt already busy life. I can teach you techniques that will assist you as a scriptwriter or journalist, but in the end I think the most valuable thing a writer has to offer is their own way of seeing the world and expressing that in whatever medium they're working in. And the best way to learn to do that is to . . . right. Write.

At the same time, it's important to develop professional habits and ways-of-thinking, so I emphasize the realities of the writing world too. I come to teaching via the school-of-hard-knocks, working professionally as both a scriptwriter and journalist, and that informs my approach. My classes aren't theoretical. They're about exploring who you are as a writer and what you want to write, and then doing it as effectively as possible. And having a good enough time doing it that you want to get up the next day and do it again.

I look forward to working with you.

Email: frank.moher@viu.ca

Website: frankmoher.com

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