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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:


Betsy will moderate a panel at the Vancouver Writers Festival on Saturday, Oct 20, at 10:30 a.m. The panel titled “The Things we Inherit” will feature Chelene Knight, Peter Gajdics, Elizabeth Hay, and Lindsay Wong.


Oscar of Between has been adapted for musical performance by the acclaimed mezzo soprano, Lloyd Burritt. The Art of Camouflage, a read-through performance of Oscar, will take place on Sept 19 at 7 p.m.


Wells, BC | 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.


Montreal, QC | Betsy will be reading at ZUTIQUE alongside Misha Pam Dick and Oana Avasilichioaei.

Surrey, BC| Betsy is a featured reader at Summer Muse on May 25 at City Central Library, Surrey, BC.


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.


Claudia Caspar to receive Distinguished Artist Award

Claudia Caspar, author of the award-winning The Mercy Journals, and Vancouver Manuscript Intensive mentor, will receive the Distinguished Artist Award from FANS (Fund for the Arts on the North Shore) on Friday, November 2, 2018, at the West Vancouver Municipal Hall.

Sylvia Tait will also receive a Distinguished Artist Award, while Gordon Smith will receive the FANS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hearty congratulations to the Caspar, Tait, and Smith!

All are welcome to attend the gala on Nov 2. Tickets can be bought at

Betsy at the Vancouver Writers Festival on Free Saturday!

Betsy Warland will moderate a panel at the 2018 Vancouver Writers Festival on “Free Saturday,” an initiative that makes festival events accessible and open to everyone. Betsy will facilitate “The Things We Inherit” at 10:30 a.m. on Oct 20, 2018. The panel will engage in discussion on family, biography, and trauma, and will feature writers such as Peter Gajdics, Elizabeth Hay, Lindsay Wong, and Chelene Knight.

Find out more below and at the Vancouver Writers Festival.


The Things We Inherit

The lives of our parents are an inextricable stream running through our own, whether we like it or not. This brook of memories may include psychological trauma or complex interactions or the physical burden of unwell aging. Most often, it includes profound love. Four writers from varied backgrounds share the insights offered in their beautifully balanced, and intricate yet raw, memoirs that speak to family history and the lifelong task of unburdening ourselves from a yoke of family secrets or grief. Peter Gajdics (The Inheritance of Shame), Elizabeth Hay (All Things Consoled), Chelene Knight (Dear Current Occupant) and Lindsay Wong (The Woo-Woo) speak to the catalyst of some of the deepest joy and deepest grief we know: our parents.

Betsy Warland is a leading feminist writer in Canada, most widely known for her collection of essays, Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing.

Saturday, October 20
10:30am – 12:00pm
Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston St, Vancouver

Betsy offers Memoir of Inquiry course this November

Betsy Warland is offering a memoir writing course at SFU this November. “Memoir of Inquiry” runs on three Saturdays: Nov 3, 10, and 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SFU Harbour Centre.

Memoir of Inquiry

A memoir recreates a pivotal experience in, or aspect of, one’s life. Memoir is comprised of a story we know yet it is a story we do not fully understand. This is the inquiry part of the writing process and this is what actually compels us to write it. If you are considering writing a memoir, or have begun writing one, this course will help you understand how to explore and evoke your story instead of simply summarizing it.

In this discussion-based course, we’ll focus on memoir writing not only as a retelling, but also a dynamic site of inquiry. Writing exercises will help you identify the organizing principle of your memoir, what to include, what to leave out, and what form best suits your narrative.

Visit SFU Continuing Studies to learn more.

Betsy at Canadian Writers Against Kinder-Morgan Expansion

On Saturday, August 25, Betsy Warland and many writers gathered to protest the Kinder Morgan buyout and pipeline expansion in Burnaby, BC.

Writers met to share concerns about the threat to local waters; the federal government’s promise that toxic bitumen can be cleaned up when science says it can’t; the marketing of tar sands oil, adding hugely to climate change; the squandering of Canadian tax dollars on a plainly awful business deal; and the violation of the rights and titles of Indigenous peoples during this time of reconciliation.

Contributions were also read in absentia and included poems, paragraphs, songs, barbs, wishes, jokes, and koans.

Betsy shares her poetic contribution of “Treesun / Treason” below:

Photos from the launch of Darrel J. McLeod’s Mamaskatch

Darrel J. McLeod launched his memoir, Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre) on Sept 15, 2018 at the Native Education College (NEC). Vancouver Manuscript Intensive founder, bestselling author, and cross-genre writer, Betsy Warland, emceed the afternoon alongside Shaena Lambert, author of Oh, My Darling. 

Quill & Quire has said “Darrel J. McLeod uses the imagery and tenets of Cree storytelling to make sense of a harrowing childhood. McLeod has written a powerful, unflinching work of non-fiction, one that isn’t afraid to leave itself raw and unfinished, nodding to the stories that are yet to come.”

Learn more about Mamaskatch at Douglas & McIntyre and revisit the festive afternoon of storytelling with photos below from Betsy!

Betsy Warland interviewing Darrel J. McLeod


L to R: Barbara Pulling (book editor), Betsy Warland (development editor), Shaena Lambert, (managing editor)


Betsy Warland Emcees the Launch of Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age by Darrel J. McLeod

Darrel J. McLeod will launch his memoir, Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre) on Sept 15, 2018 at the Native Education College (NEC). Vancouver Manuscript Intensive founder, bestselling author, and cross-genre writer, Betsy Warland, will emcee the afternoon alongside Shaena Lambert, author of Oh, My Darling. 

Darrel J. McLeod, author of Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age

Eden Robinson, author of Monkey Beach, has praised Mamaskatch as “honestly stunning.”

RSVP to wapus1[at]msn[dot] com to attend the launch.

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