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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:

JULY

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.

MAY

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.

MARCH

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!

FEBRUARY

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

DECEMBER

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

NOVEMBER

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.

OCTOBER

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.

 

Upcoming Deadline: 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.

In an interview about the editing and evaluation process for the issue, Betsy emphasizes embodiment and reflexivity: “Just as the exploration of our queer bodies provokes us to ‘make it new,’ so does compelling queer writing. Everything matters! The narrative might be engaging but if the writer has given very little thought to what style, form, narrative position, and arc embodies that specific narrative, the piece will not lift off the page: you will forget what you read very quickly.”

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.

 

Chelene Knight Named Executive Director of Word Vancouver Festival

Chelene Knight

Chelene Knight, acclaimed poet and memoirist, has been appointed as the new executive director of the Word Vancouver festival, Western Canada’s largest free festival of reading and writing. Knight succeeds Bryan Pike, the festival’s fourth and previous director, in its twenty-four year history.

Knight, who studied under the mentorship of Betsy Warland at The Writer’s Studio, will continue with her writing endeavours and as the programming director of Room magazine’s Growing Room festival, as well as the managing editor of Room magazine. She will lead Word Vancouver with the help of Meghan Bell, publisher of Room magazine, who has been appointed as the development director.

In a press release, Knight said, “With a focus on mentorship and amplifying marginalized voices, I hope to take Word Vancouver to a whole new level.” Knight was appointed executive director by Word Vancouver board members after a nation-wide search for a fitting candidate.

Knight is a publishing professional as well as the author of two books, most recently the memoir, Dear Current Occupant (Book*hug, 2018). She has been named by CBC as one of 18 Canadian women writers to read in 2018 and will be a familiar face to many in the arts and beyond.

 

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.


SATURDAY, MARCH 3


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


SUNDAY, MARCH 4


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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