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Upcoming Events

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With the continuing success of Oscar of Between, Betsy has many upcoming events and readings. Save these upcoming dates in your calendar:


April 26th–Mashed Poetics at the Verses Festival of Words: Spice Girls. Betsy performs a poem based on 2 Become 1 (yes, the Spice Girls song)


May 6th–Workshop: “Interactive Non-Fiction” at CNFC Conference, 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m., Green College, UBC (Vancouver)

May 6th–Closing Plenary: “Looking Back, Looking Forward” at CNFC Conference, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Green College, UBC (Vancouver)


June 4th–Public Reading: Vancouver Manuscript Intensive 2017 Grads, The Havana, 1212 Commercial Drive (Time TBA)


Aug 25-Aug 29–Workshop: “Parts of a Whole: Nonfiction, Short Fiction and Narrative Poetry with Betsy Warland.” Island Mountain Art Summer Writing, Wells, BC. (Web link coming soon)



More details and events to be confirmed so please check back frequently! If you would like to have Betsy feature at one of your upcoming events, please contact us.

Oscar of Between: Reviews, Interviews and More

Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas is still getting lots of attention a year after publication. Here’s a list of Betsy’s latest reviews and interviews.

Reviews of Oscar of Between

Event Magazine

In the latest issue of Event magazine, Carleigh Baker writes of Oscar of Between: “The narrative is both delicate and penetrating, intimate and public, filled with the clashes and collaborations that make us human.”  To read the review, order your copy of the latest issue of Event Magazine here.

BC Bookworld

York University professor Catriona (Cate) Sandilands says in BC BookWorld: “Warland’s memoir is a vital exploration of what it means to inhabit the early twenty-first century with attention, openness, and generosity.” You can access the review on

Catriona Sandilands reviews Oscar of Between in BC BookWorld

Room Magazine Online

Dana Hansen’s review for Room magazine is now available online! “Oscar of Between is a dynamic work of startling insight.”

That same issue of Room magazine includes Jonína Lynn Kirton’s interview with Betsy, which is also available online now.

Many Gendered Mothers Project

If you’ve been following Betsy for a while, you know that she’s an inspiring and experienced mentor and editor. In a moving essay for the Many Gendered Mothers project, Elee Karljii Gardiner pays tribute to Betsy, referring to her as a “poetrymother,” she describes what it was like to be mentored by Betsy: “She taught me a problem should be written into rather than ignored.”

Many Gendered Mothers is an online “project on literary influence featuring short essays by writers (of any/all genders) on the women, femme, trans, and non-binary writers who have influenced them, as a direct or indirect literary forebear.” Go to their website to read Elee’s essay.

If you find these words of praise inspiring and haven’t read Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas yet, order you copy here. Betsy will sign your book and add a personalized inscription.




Send your manuscript to the Great BC Novel Contest

Dear Novelists,

Here’s a fantastic opportunity for you. Mother Tongue Publishing invites you to submit your  manuscript to the 4th Great BC Novel Contest by August 1st, 2017.

The contest is open to all writers in British Columbia. Your novel must be completed and unpublished to be eligible, and you cannot submit it anywhere else during the time of the contest.

Enter the Great BC Novel Contest
(photo: Roman Kraft)

A shortlist, chosen by John Lent, will be announced in October 2017, and the winner will be selected in December 2017 by Audrey Thomas.

What’s in it for you? A publication contract, the opportunity to work with a professional editor, a $1000 advance, book launches and media coverage.

So go ahead and send them that novel manuscript. For submission guidelines and additional information about this contest, go to Mother Tongue’s website.

Good luck.

Workshop with Betsy at CNFC Conference, Vancouver

Last month, Betsy took a short trip to London, UK, where she taught Lyric Prose: Following the Inquiring Line at the Poetry School. Here’s what one of the participants had to say about it on Twitter:

Sounds like a dynamic and inspiring workshop!

Your next chance to work with Betsy is coming up on Saturday, May 6th, at the Creative Non Fiction Collective’s 2017 conference in Vancouver. Join Betsy for “Interactive Nonfiction”, from 2 pm-3pm.

Did you know that Betsy is a founding member of CNFC? In addition to giving a workshop, she’ll take part in a conversation about the roots and future of the collective. That’s also on Saturday, May 6th, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more details about the the CNFC 2017 Conference and to register, check out their website. See you there on May 6th!

Betsy & Some of the participants at the Poetry School, London, UK, March 2017



Register for writing retreat on Cortes Island with Shaena Lambert

Dear Writers of Fiction & Memoir:

Want to spend 5 days delving deep into your writing? Want to do that to the sound of waves crashing on the beach? Join Shaena Lambert on Cortes Island, BC, June 2-7, 2017. Read Shaena’s letter below, and register for the workshop here. Please note that SCHOLARSHIPS are available.

A note from Shaena:

Shaena Lambert, Writing Retreat, Cortes Island, BC

Dear writing friends,
Would you like to make deep progress on your writing in a hugely beautiful and creative location?
I’m teaching Going Under the Words – Creating Fiction and Memoir — a five-day writing workshop at the Hollyhock Retreat Centre, on Cortes Island – June 2-7.
I hope you’ll consider joining me and other writers there.
It’s hard not to effuse madly about Hollyhock. I’m thrilled to be teaching there. It’s one of the most enchanting environments I know. The forest surrounds you. The beach is close. The surf is sounding in your sleep. The garden is a perfect place to write, under the apple tree, beside the head-high delphiniums. (I wrote my story, Oh, My Darling at that wooden table.) But there are hundreds of quiet nooks to steal away and write (including by a fire in the lodge if it’s raining).

Whether you are beginning a new project, or diving into finding your voice for the first time, or are deep into the revision or editing stage of a long-developed work-in-progress, this workshop is designed to find you where you are, and to give you guidance and tools for the journey.
It will be an intense mix of exploratory writing – to free your voice and hit a ‘creative flow’ – and daily group lectures and experiments on key aspects of creating a narrative (from dream stage, to structuring your work, to writing with intensity, to revising, editing and publishing). Your writing will be workshopped in a supportive group setting, and some time will be set aside to discuss your writing one-on-one with me.  We will also spend time exploring the writing business, and how to build – and sustain – a writer’s life.
You can follow the link, below to find more information and/or to register. There is also info about scholarships. And information about how to get to Cortes Island – you can go by ferry, or take a watertaxi from Campbell River, or even take a floatplane.
Many good wishes to you all. I hope I get to see you there in June,


Going Under the Words: Creating Fiction and Memoir

Hollyhock at: 1-800-933-6339 x 232.

Join Betsy at Creative Non-Fiction Collective Conference, Vancouver, May 6

Hey Vancouver (and area) writers:

If you missed your chance to sign up for Betsy’s sold-out workshop at Room magazine’s Feminist Literary Festival, catch up with her at the Creative Non-Fiction Collective Society Conference, held right here in Vancouver May 5-6, 2017. Sign up by March 31st, and you’ll get the early-bird rate.

Betsy, along with writer Ruby Remenda Swanson and journalist Crystal Chan, will facilitate an interactive non-fiction workshop on Saturday, May 6th, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Here’s an excerpt from the description of the workshop on the CNFC website:

“This workshop will inspire you to try outside-the-box ideas that can help you and your readers interact with your work and each other in new and meaningful ways. […]

Together we will learn from each other and the audience through a group activity, plus time for workshopping audience case studies. Audience members are invited to come with questions related to ‘interactivity’ from what they’re working on.”

Interactive Creative Nonfiction
Saturday, May 6th, 2017
2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Vancouver, BC
Go to the CNFC website for more info and to register.



Reading Series Encourages Emerging Writers With Support from Experienced Ones

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Poetry New West Reading Series at the Heritage Grill on Sunday, February 5th. It was a dynamic evening. Betsy read from Oscar of Between, and it’s amazing to see that almost a year after its publication, the book attracts lots of interest on the page and on the stage (not to mention the online salon!).

Betsy Warland, Alan Hill, Jónína Kirton at Poetry New New West

Poetry New West is a unique reading series because it encourages emerging writers to come out and read alongside more experienced authors who act as “mentors of the mic.”

“It’s all about sharing and creating space for each other,” says their Facebook invitation.

Here are some upcoming Poetry New West readings:

Sunday, February 19th, 2017: Richard Olafson and Carmelo Militano

Sunday, March 5th, 2017: Annette LeBox and Phinder Dulai

At the Heritage Grill

Back Stage Lounge

2-4 pm

They’re working on a website. In the meantime, if you want more information about Poetry New West, check out their Facebook page.

If you’re enjoying the excerpts in Oscar's Salon, buy Oscar of Between and I’ll sign the copy with a personal message.