News and Events
With the continuing success of Oscar of Between, Betsy has many upcoming events and readings. Save these upcoming dates in your calendar:
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.
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.
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.
July 20: Pride Reading Series: Betsy Warland reads alongside Jane Shi and Beni Xiao at 6:30 p.m. at the Jim Deva Plaza
Gardiner will be editing poetry and creative nonfiction for the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive. She will also offer a six-week Memoir Writing Workshop beginning Oct. 18, 2017.
Elee Kraljii Gardiner is the author of the book of poems serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016), which yokes autobiographical notes with verse and was nominated for the Raymond Souster Award. She is the co-editor with John Asfour of the book of testimony V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012), which was shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award.
Gardiner founded Thursdays Writing Collective and is the editor and publisher of its eight anthologies. Her second book of poems, Tunica Intima (forthcoming 2018), is a long-poem memoir that was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. In late summer 2017 she released the chapbook Trauma Head, a repurposing of the medical file, which considers fact vs. experience. She is the recipient of the 2015 Pandora’s Collective BC Writer Mentor Award. www.eleekg.com
Memoir Writing Workshop with Elee Kraljii Gardiner
7pm-9:30pm, Wednesday nights, six weeks
Location: Woodward’s Building, 210-111 West Hastings Street (at the Geist / Vancouver Poetry House office).
This six-week workshop beginning October 18, 2017 is led by Elee Kraljii Gardiner and will meet on Wednesday evenings in Vancouver. Meetings will last 2.5 hours and are suitable for memoirists with writing experience who are looking for help troubleshooting hitches or those nearing completion who feel they can benefit from guidance. Consideration of craft, focus and editing will be foregrounded and there will be opportunity for you to have a portion of your work read and workshopped and to enjoy the companionship of other writers who are working on a memoir manuscript.
If you would like more details or have questions, please contact Elee at: email@example.com
Please note session dates:
Nov 1* note the two-week writing break
Betsy Warland will judge The Malahat Review‘s 2017 Open Season Awards in the creative nonfiction category.
The Open Season Awards offer a grand total of $4500 in prize money in three categories: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Evelyn Lau and Carleigh Baker have been named as the poetry and fiction judges, respectively.
The prize is accepting submissions until November 1, 2017.
Thanks to all who came out to the Pride Reading Series last Thursday, July 20. Held at the Jim Deva Plaza on Bute Street, it was an evening of strong words from fellow writers Jane Shi and Beni Xiao, and kind attention from all the attendees.
Oscar of Between is Betsy Warland’s memoir of identity and ideas. Learn more from Caitlin Press:
“In the process of writing Oscar’s story, Warland considers our culture’s rigid, even violent demarcations as she becomes at ease with never knowing what gender she will be addressed as: “In Oscar’s daily life, when encountering someone, it goes like this: some address her as a male; some address her as a female; some begin with one and then switch (sometimes apologetically) to the other; some identify Oscar as lesbian and their faces harden, or open into a momentary glance of arousal; some know they don’t know and openly scrutinize; some decide female but stare perplexedly at her now-sans-breast chest; some are bemused by or drawn to or relate to her androgyny; and for some none of this matters.”
Catch Betsy on Thursday, July 20, at the Pride Reading Series at Jim Deva Plaza.
Betsy will read alongside emerging writer Jane Shi and Beni Xiao, whose chapbook is forthcoming with new Vancouver chapbook press, Rahila’s Ghost Press.
For details, visit the Facebook event page or refer to the summary below:
July 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Betsy Warland – Jane Shi – Beni Xiao
Pride Reading Series
Jim Deva Plaza
1200 Bute Street,
You’ve written a good part of your narrative and you’ve polished your prose or your verses. But it still doesn’t seem quite right. How do you organize all the pieces you’ve worked so hard on? Which structure will give the most life to your writing?
For answers to these questions, register for Betsy’s Part of the Whole: Nonfiction, Short Fiction and Poetry Narratives.” This four-day workshop will take place at Island Mountain Arts in the Wells/Barkerville/Bowron Lakes area in the central interior of British Columbia from August 26th to August 29th, 2017. There’s a welcome reception on the evening of the 25th, and the price includes a BBQ dinner on the 26th, artist talks, and a reading with Betsy and students.
The early-bird deadline is June 15th, and limited scholarships are available, so don’t hesitate to register ASAP!
Here’s the description of the workshop from the IMA website:
“Best-selling author and sought-after instructor, consultant and editor, Betsy Warland works across many genres and teaches that “everything is writing.” This workshop is for writers of short nonfiction and/or fiction pieces, and/or poetry writers who have enough parts of the whole that it is time to step back and consider how all these parts can most effectively create a whole. When working with nonfiction fragments or short pieces, individual poems, mixed genre pieces, flash fiction, text and images, the most effective structure can be hard to identify which, in turn, undermines coherence and impact. Investigating this midway, however, can make a big difference in how successfully you write the rest of this body of work and increases the possibility of getting it published.”
For more information, please go to the IMA website.
Instructor: Betsy Warland
Saturday, August 26 – Tuesday, August 29, 9am – 3:30pm
Early Bird Fee: $429 + GST (Extended to June 15)
Regular Fee: $476 + GST
Deposit: $119 + GST (non refundable)
Dear Readers and Writers,
What is “a memoir of ideas”? That’s one of the questions that Tara-Michele Ziniuk asks in her interview with Betsy about her latest book, Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas for the spring issue of Herizons Magazine.
In her answer, Betsy explains that the book touches on the ideas she was exploring at that time of her life. One of them is civilian violence, which results, according to Betsy, from the ways in which we categorize each other. Betsy then shares her own experiences with gender categorization and describes how liberated she felt when she discovered the term “person of between” as one she could comfortably apply to herself.
Betsy also talks about men who … ahem … take up more than their share of the subway seat, and what she does to reclaim space for her own body in those situations.
If you haven’t yet, do have a look at the Spring issue of Herizons Magazine, available at a bookstore or library near you.