Major US Science Fiction writer Toni Graphia to visit GCU

15 May 2014

American writer and producer Toni Graphia, whose TV hits include Battlestar Galactica; Grey's Anatomy; Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman; and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is to visit Glasgow Caledonian University on Friday (May 16).

The award-winning screenwriter will share the secrets of her success with students on the University’s flagship MA TV Fiction Writing programme.

Graphia is in Scotland as filming commences on Outlanders, a major US science fiction series for cable network Starz and Sony Pictures Television. It is being shot in Cumbernauld and will star Scottish actor Sam Heughan, who has starred in the TV shows Doctors and River City.

Graphia got her first break in the industry after completing an apprenticeship programme with the Writers Guild of America. Her writing and producing in Battlestar Galactica received a coveted Peabody Award and was credited for producing plots which were personal and relatable while never compromising on its passion for science fiction.

Graphia will speak about her work in the industry, plotlines, science fiction, and will answer questions from students eager to hear the inside stories.

MA TV Fiction Writing programme leader, Catriona Miller, said: “The students and academics are looking forward to meeting Toni and hearing about her career. She is one of the first American writers to visit the students and I am sure they will be eager to hear about how to capture storylines which produce hit after hit. It is also a great way to remind students of the global nature of the industry and what opportunities they should be aiming for overseas as well as in the UK.”

The MA TV Fiction Writing programme enjoys the input and support of industry leaders including Shed Media, Fremantle, the BBC and Warner Bros.

Key figures in the industry who have delivered talks to students include Mal Young, former Controller of Continuing Drama at the BBC, and Stuart Murphy, Director of Sky Entertainment. Graduate and Hollyoaks writer Philip Wright also returned to the campus earlier this year to lead a storyline workshop with the 2014 cohort.