Mark Leiren-Young

Mark Leiren-Young is an award-winning playwriting, screenwriter, author and satirist. His books include Never Shoot a Stampede Queen—A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo (Heritage), which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and the new comic memoir Free Magic Secrets Revealed (Harbour, 2013). He has written two non-comic books of non-fiction — The Green Chain: Nothing is Ever Clear Cut, a collection of interviews dealing with the future of our forests and This Crazy Time, written with/about controversial environmentalist Tzeporah Berman.

His plays have been produced throughout North America and also staged in Europe and Australia, and two of them — Shylock and Articles of Faith — are published by Anvil Press. He wrote and directed the award-winning feature, The Green Chain and has written over 100 hours of television. As a journalist Mark is a regular contributor to The Vancouver Sun, The Tyee, The Georgia Straight and The Walrus. Mark has interviewed hundreds of celebrities ranging from William Shatner to Salman Rushdie. He has received three Writers Guild of Canada nominations, and wrote and co-starred in the EarthVision award-winning TV special Greenpieces: The World’s First Eco-Comedy, featuring his comedy duo Local Anxiety.

Works (selected):


  • Never Shoot a Stampede Queen
  • Free Magic Secrets Revealed
  • This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge (with Tzeporah Berman)
  • The Green Chain: Nothing is Ever Clear Cut


  • Shylock
  • Articles of Faith
  • Blueprints from Space
  • Basically Good Kids
  • If You Really Love Me


  • The Green Chain
  • The Green Film

Categories & Genres:


  • Memoir, journalism. essays, blogging
  • Humour
  • Playwriting
  • Screenwriting


  • Finding the funny: Humour writing
  • Sharing your story: Memoir writing
  • Living online: Opportunities and options for writing online
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