Dennis Foon


Playwright, novelist and screenwriter, Foon’s work has received awards and accolades across the globe. 

His novel, Skud, received the Sheila A. Egoff Book Award, and his fantasy/sci-fi trilogy,  The Longlight Legacy, a Red Maple Honor Book, is published in Dutch, German, French, and Russian editions.  A new edition of his novel, Double or Nothing, was released by Annick Press in 2011.

Life Above All, his screenplay directed by Oliver Schmitz (Paris, je t’aime), received a ten-minute standing ovation in Un Certain Regard at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, winning the Prix Francois Chalais, and made the Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film.  It is distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.  A Shine of Rainbows, the feature film he wrote with director Vic Sarin (starring Aidan Quinn and Connie Neilsen) premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, played at over 30 international film festivals, won 11 awards and was released on DVD by 20th Century Fox.  Both film scripts garnered Leo Awards for Best Screenplay.

He received Gemini, Leo, and Writers Guild Awards for his screenplay of the CBC movie Little Criminals, which also won a Critics’ Prize at the Monte Carlo Film Festival and a Grand Prize at the Geneva Film Festival. He wrote the television movie White Lies, starring Sarah Polley and Lynn Redgrave, which received an International Emmy nomination for Best Feature, and earned Best Screenplay at the Columbus International Film Festival.

Foon scripted Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story for CTV (Gemini winner for Best Movie, Writers Guild Award) and Society’s Child for CBC (Blizzard Award, Best Movie, Gemini nominee, Best Movie).  He also co-wrote Mina Shum’s feature Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity (starring Sandra Oh), which played at the Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals and was story editor of Mina’s acclaimed first feature Double Happiness. His adaptation of Michael Ignatieff’s Booker Prize finalist novel Scar Tissue was a Gemini nominee for Best Screenplay.  His Shaftesbury/CTV film, Terry: the Terry Fox Story, has become a CTV staple.

He has written over 50 hours of episodic television, including Cold Squad; Eerie, Indiana; Emily of New Moon, Carol Shields Stories, and 2030 CE, a sci-fi series he co-created for YTV.   

An internationally produced playwright, and founding Artistic Director of Vancouver’s acclaimed Green Thumb Theatre, he has received the British Theatre Award, two Chalmers awards, the Jesse Richardson Career Achievement Award, the International Arts for Young Audiences Award, and the 2009 AATE Distinguished Play Award for his plays.  His play, RICK, The Rick Hansen Story, premiered at the 2010 Paralympics and his stage adaptation of Scar Tissue premiered at the Arts Club Theatre in 2012. 




Dennis Foon

SiWC Workshops

Saturday 10:30am

No matter what the genre, or whether your audience is young or old, writing convincing child and teen characters is hard --  particularly if you haven’t been one for decades.  But that connection is crucial whether you want to engage a young audience – or create a compelling backstory for an adult character.  In this hands-on session, Dennis Foon draws on his wide experience in writing for – or about – young people to help you find that connection.

Friday 10:30am

Writing plays can make you a more successful writer in every genre, exposing you to a live audience and the realities of building scenes and characters.  Join author, playwright and screenwriter Dennis Foon for a practical session on the ins and outs of penning words for the stage.  Topics addressed will include: playwriting 101, what the actor (and you) need to know; basic stagecraft, and getting your play (and/or yourself) in front of an audience.

Saturday 1:30pm

Don't want to limit yourself to just one genre or age group? Our panel has had success writing for both kids and adults. Join them for insight into how they approach each type of book, the differences in the writing, publishing, and marketing processes, and more.