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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:


March 4th–Workshop: “Lyric Prose: Following the Inquiring Line” at the Poetry School London, UK, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m

March 10th–Reading at Poetry Festival at Swarsky’s in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. 8 p.m.

March 12th–Workshop: “Finishing Touches” at Room magazine’s Feminist Literary Festival. 1:30-4:00 p.m., 24 W 4th Ave. (Vancouver)


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


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.

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.

“Finishing Touches”: Manuscript Workshop at Feminist Literary Festival

Growing Room Feminist Literary Festival

Dear Readers and Writers,

An incredibly exciting literary first is about to take place in Vancouver, and Betsy is proud to be part of it. Room magazine, Canada’s oldest literary journal by and about women, is hosting Growing Room: A feminist Literary Festival, in March 2017. Yes–you read right: a festival that is not only literary but also feminist.

The festival will feature readings, workshops and discussions by an illustrious array of Vancouver writers: Evelyn Lau, Amber Dawn, Carlie Baker, Aislinn Hunter, Hiromi Goto, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Daniel Zomparelli, to name but a few. For a full list, check out Room magazine’s website. Registration is now open, and spots are being snapped up!

Betsy’s workshop at the festival will answer two of the most vexing questions writers ask themselves about their manuscripts. Here’s the description of the workshop from Room‘s online lineup:

The Finishing Touches with Betsy Warland
March 12, 1:30pm–4:00pm | Cost: $15 per person | The Boardroom @ 24 West 4th Avenue

Two of a writer’s most vexing questions are: “Is it finished” and “Who’ll publish it?” Because these two questions arise throughout our writing lives it’s important to find how to navigate them. Learn a method of determining: whether it’s finished (or not); which publication is the best fit; top reasons publishers reject or accept work; and how to give publishers a context for your work. The respected option of self or independent publishing, as an interim or final option, will also be discussed. Open to writers of all levels.

To sign up, please click here for Room‘s website.

UPDATE: Oscar Seeks Featured Readers for Feb. AND March

Join the conversation on Oscar’s Salon.

Dear Readers and Writers,

The response to Betsy’s open call for Featured Readers for Oscar’s final Salon has been impressive. The comments she’s receiving are so engaging that she has decided to expand the open call. In addition to posting your Featured Reader responses to her February excerpt, she’ll keep the open call going in March, when the entire Salon will be dedicated to your responses.

So keep them coming: Your thoughts on four years of Oscar’s Salon, your most memorable guest writers and artists, comparisons between the book and the Salon, why you read Oscar . . .

Even if you have been a featured reader or guest writer/artist before, Betsy wants to hear about your experience reading Oscar over the years.

For more info, and to submit your thoughts, click here.

Seeking Featured Readers for FEB. Oscar

In London with camo-barked plane tree

Dear Readers & Writers,

Help me celebrate Oscar’s Finale!

You are invited to be one of about 10 Featured Readers on February’s Oscar Salon.

First come, first served! Just click on the Featured Reader Submission Form below:

Featured Reader Submission Form.


Reviews, Interviews, and Other News About Oscar

Dear Readers and Writers:

Are you enjoying some well-deserved time off this holiday season? Then perhaps you’d like to catch up with Oscar’s latest news.

Nine months after publication, Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas, is still garnering a lot of attention. Here’s an end-of year round-up of the press it’s been getting lately:

Daily XTra

While in Iceland last summerBetsy met up with Canadian journalist Isaac Wurmann, who wrote in the Daily Xtra:

“Warland is in Reykjavík winding up a tour for her latest book, Oscar of Between, a memoir that chronicles the ways she identifies as a ‘person of in-between.’ The book is her 12th in a career spanning three decades and many more genres, from creative non-fiction to erotic poetry, making Warland one of Canada’s most prolific and important queer writers.”

Read the Daily XTra article here to find out more about her performance in the Icelandic capital.

Mayor’s Arts Awards

Betsy received the Mayor’s Arts Award in Literature last fall. She was recognized for three decades of contributions to Vancouver’s–and Canada’s–literary communities as a writer, editor, and mentor.

“Literary Vancouver would not be the same without her,” MC Bill Richardson said as he introduced Betsy.  Find out more by reading our original article about it.

Room magazine Interview & Review

The latest issue of Room, titled This Body’s Map, is produced by Vancouver poets Chelene Knight (Editor) and Jónína Lynn Kirton (Assistant Editor) and features an interview with Betsy as well as a review of Oscar of Between.

Jónína visited Betsy at home, where she conducted a silent interview. That’s right–not a word was spoken, yet the two engaged in a thought-provoking discussion that touched on many subjects: the perversity of choosing writing as a profession, social change, and the connectivity that comes from recognizing betweenness in ourselves and in others. How did they do that without voicing a single a word? Order your copy of Room 39.4 to find out!

The issue also features a review of Oscar of Between: “Warland covers vast ground, moving swiftly and in a non-linear fashion from intimate reflections on her most personal relationships, living arrangements, and perspectives on creativity, to matters of broader social and political consequence. A book perhaps without obvious category but not without an important place in Canadian literature, Oscar of Between is a dynamic work of startling insight,” writes reviewer Dana Hansen.

Radio Interviews

Who said that video killed the radio star? Oscar‘s presence on this old-school medium and on its twenty-first-century incarnation, the podcast, has been nothing short of brilliant. Here are links to the audio files–just click and listen.

  1. In an intimate and thought-provoking discussion, Joseph Planta asks Betsy about being a person of between, a parent and a writer.
  2. On Roundhouse Radio’s Janice & Cory show, Betsy talks about the events that led to her trip to London where a military exhibition (of all things!–Betsy is a pacifist) inspired Oscar of Between.
  3. On December 14th, Betsy spoke to Pam Bentley and RC Weslowski on Co-op Radio’s Wax Poetic. She also read from Oscar of Between, a Memoir of Identity and Ideas. Click here and scroll to the December 14th show.

Oscar’s Salon

I’d like to leave you with news about Oscar’s Salon, the online version of Oscar of Between. Betsy is still uploading excerpts on this collaborative platform, but not for long! The last one will be published in February 2017. So if you’ve always wanted to take part in the discussion but felt too shy, now’s the time! Read the latest installment, which features poet Mark Goldstein, and share your thoughts with Oscar in the comments section at the end of the post.

Happy Holidays to all of you, and best wishes for 2017.







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