Ryan Uytdewilligen was born and raised outside the small Canadian prairie city of Lethbridge, Alberta. He gained an obsession for film in his teen years, taking in all the classics while developing the ability to name you every Oscar Winner from memory.
He studied Communication Arts at Lethbridge College and earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism; leading to work in radio anchoring, reporting, and media coordinating for the prestigious Vancouver International Film Festival. He later followed his passion of creative writing by studying Writing for Film and Television at the Vancouver Film School. After writing—producing his first short film Tea Time (2014), he optioned two feature film scripts and has since worked as a script doctor/ writer for hire.
In 2016, he published his first non-fiction work; a film history examination called 101 Most Influential Coming of Age Movies. That same year he released his first fiction book—Tractor, a YA novel with Sartoris Literary. His second non-fiction book, The History of Lethbridge, has been released through Summerthought Publishing which covers Canadian Prairie history. His next fiction work, Akela, has been released by BHC Press along with his first novella, a western titled The Last Cattle Drive. Kids Can Press will release his first children’s picture book in the coming future.
Ryan’s article and blogging work has appeared in a variety of different sites and publications including Quirk Magazine, Thoughts on Lots, Kitsilano Connect, Sessions X, The Babe Report, Taste of Cinema, Camera in the Sun, and InFocus Film School. He has served as a judge for the NYC Midnight Writing Festival for the past two years.