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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:


Making Your Writing Fly: A Self-editing Workshop with Betsy Warland in Wells, BC, offers creative and practical steps to polishing and preparing your manuscript for publication. Presented by Island Mountain Arts.


Betsy visits Montreal and will be reading at ZUTIQUE alongside Misha Pam Dick and Oana Avasilichioaei.


West Coast Writers Workshop: A day-long urban retreat with Betsy Warland on March 24, 2018 in Vancouver, BC.

Growing Room: Betsy Warland will be at Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival!


Canadian Authors presents a reading and talk by Betsy Warland on Weds, Feb 14, 2018.


Applications for the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive are extended from Nov 27 to Dec 1.


Nov 4 – Betsy speaks on a panel about the personal essay and offers a creative non-fiction craft class at the Wild Writers Festival presented by The New Quarterly in Waterloo, Ontario.


Oct 5 & Oct 19 – Yvonne Blomer launches Refugium, an anthology of poetry about climate change and the environment, featuring Betsy Warland, John Barton, and more. The launch in Victoria will take place on Oct. 5 at the Maritime Museum of BC, and the launch in Vancouver will take place on Oct. 19 at the Strathcona branch of the VPL.

Oct 18 – Vancouver Manuscript Intensive mentor, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, begins a six-week memoir writing workshop.


VMI Alumna Jan Redford Publishes Memoir with Penguin Random House

Jan Redford, Vancouver Manuscript Intensive alumna, has published her memoir, End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood with Penguin Random House. Hearty congratulations to Jan!

Jan Redford

The 400-page memoir has received praise from acclaimed novelist, Ayelet Tsabari, whose short story was longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize, which was announced on April 3, 2018.

Ayelet says: “Jan Redford is my new favourite feminist anti-heroine: a potty-mouthed, tobacco-chewing, take-no-shit mountain climber who is at once strong-minded and insecure, fierce and vulnerable, loveable and flawed. Redford’s voice pulsates with immediacy and vitality, and she writes her story with a bull’s eye precision and unflinching honesty. Inspiring, funny, heartbreaking, and bold, End of the Rope is a book about survival and courage, about letting go of old dreams and finding new ones. I couldn’t put it down.”

Redford launches her memoir at the Vancouver Film School café on Saturday, April 7, at 7 p.m.

Betsy Warland to Edit The Malahat Review’s “Queer Perspectives” issue

The Malahat Review invites writers identifying as LGBTQ2S? to submit their work for consideration for an issue celebrating contemporary queer writing in Canada!

Guest editors Ali BlytheTrevor Corkum, and Betsy Warland are interested in considering submissions of exciting contemporary LGBTQ2S? writing by poets, short-story, and creative-nonfiction authors whose work makes vivid and particular their experience of being alive in the world.

Editors will work collaboratively to select work for the “Queer Perspectives” issue of The Malahat Review to emphasize inclusivity, trust, and diversity.

Submissions close on July 15, 2018.

Visit The Malahat Review to read more.

Betsy Warland on Panels at Growing Room 2018

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival returns from March 1-4, 2018 at various venues in Vancouver, BC.

Betsy Warland will be at Growing Room on Saturday and Sunday, where she will be participating in and moderating panels, respectively.


From Head and Heart: Expanding Genre in Memoir
Leanne Dunic, Chelene Knight, Ijeoma Oluo, Bev Sellars, Betsy Warland
Moderator: Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Writers of memoir often bring together the best of all genres, blurring the boundaries of poetry, biography, fiction, history, and philosophy to create a genre-busting reading experience. Gear up for an engaging conversation with writers Leanne Dunic, Chelene Knight, Ijeoma Oluo, Bev Sellars, and Betsy Warland on how they have each approached the art of telling their histories.

Saturday, March 3, 4:30pm–6:30pm | By Donation
Native Education College @ 285 East 5th Avenue
This event will feature ASL Interpretation


Reopening Old Wounds: Self-Care When Writing
Maggie de Vries, Chelene Knight, Ijeoma Oluo, Bev Sellars
Moderator: Betsy Warland

Writing can be a powerful way of healing after trauma; however, the process can also trigger painful memories and emotions. How do we know when we’re ready to write about our most difficult experiences? (Are we ever “ready”?) How do we take care of ourselves as we tear open old wounds to bleed onto the page? In this intimate panel, four authors discuss the challenges of writing about grief and trauma—how to take care of oneself when diving deep into pain, and whether the journey, ultimately, can lead to greater healing.

Sunday, March 4, 10:30am–12:30pm | By Donation
School Creative @ 112 East 3rd Avenue

This event will feature ASL Interpretation

Making Your Writing Fly: A Self-editing Workshop with Betsy Warland

This summer, Betsy offers “Making Your Writing Fly,” a self-editing workshop for prose and poetry, presented by Island Mountain Arts.

Effectively self-editing your work before you send it out to an editor, agent or publisher has become a must in today’s publishing environment. Whether you have a few strong pieces, a portion of or a full manuscript, you will gain the skills and even pleasure of self-editing in this unique workshop.

Based on decades of editing other writer’s manuscripts and her own books, Betsy has developed The Layer’s Technique: a unique, creative, practical method editing. Working from micro to macro, you will improve your writing first on the sentence (or poetic line) level up to whole (or portion of a larger whole) piece. Revisions, additional writing and adjusting overall structure are all possibilities. One writer who took this workshop said: “The simplest changes made a tremendous difference.” Feedback will be given, all your editing questions will be addressed, and one short consult will be available per workshop participant.

We also are pleased to offer scholarships/bursaries, as we want to make these programs accessible. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is May 15th. Please email Julie Fowler if you are interested in this opportunity. We would love to see you in Wells this summer!

► Early Bird Deposit: $125
► Instructor: Betsy Warland
► Class Size: Small – 10 spots only

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Experiments in Creative Non-Fiction with Betsy Warland

Betsy Warland

Canadian Authors presents “Experimenting with the Potentials of Creative Non-Fiction,” a reading and talk by Betsy Warland, essayist, poet, and founder of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University.

Reading from three of her non-fiction works, Betsy will illustrate her compositional techniques and strategies in her creative non-fiction writing. Although this is not a workshop, we recommend bringing 2-3 pages of your writing to explore these concepts.

Location: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, 100 – 938 Howe Street, Vancouver
Date and Time: Weds, Feb 14, 2018. 7 to 9 pm (Doors at 6:30 pm)
Cost: Free for members; Guests $10; Students with ID $5. Pay at the door.

Spring Workshop: West Coast Writers Urban Retreat with Betsy Warland

West Coast Writers is pleased to announce our upcoming urban retreat: a day-long intensive with critically acclaimed poet and author, Betsy Warland.

Navigating contradictions, the unknown, or the forbidden in a group of poems or a lyric-prose narrative. 

When our subject inherently has contradictions, unknown or forbidden aspects, how do we write into it, around it, or gesture at it? How do we stay on its erratic or conflicting scent; resist smoothing it out thus leaving the reader out of the visceral quest?

Betsy Warland at her writing desk

Through examples of writing that have accomplished this complexity, exploring techniques that enable exploration, and applying them to 5-10 pages of your own writing, your courage and craft will get a boost.

This urban retreat is an intensive and exploratory space where you can unearth greater comprehension of your previous work and keen your senses to the direction of your future craft.

To prepare and focus you, you will receive a pre-workshop short text to read and a guided writing exercise to do and bring to the workshop. Let this course be the catalyst which guides you to a new level of comprehension and companionship with your work.

We look forward to exploring with you.

March 24th, 10am – 4pm
Dharma Lab
1814 Pandora St.
Vancouver, BC

Investment: $110.00

To register please contact Zoë at:

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