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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:


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

Betsy Warland at the Pride Reading Series

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.

Betsy Warland reads from Oscar of Between at the Pride Reading Series on July 20.

The reading was hosted by Anoushka Ratnarajah of the Queer Film Festival and was presented by Dagger Editions, an imprint of Caitlin Press.

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.”


Pride Reading Series Featuring Betsy Warland, Beni Xiao, Jane Shi

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.

The reading will be hosted by Anoushka Ratnarajah of the Queer Film Festival and is presented by Dagger Editions, an imprint of Caitlin 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,
Vancouver, BC

Sign Up for Betsy’s Workshop in Beautiful Wells, BC

Workshop with Betsy Warland at the Island Mountain Arts centre  in Wells, BC

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)


Herizons Interviews Betsy Warland

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.

Betsy Warland Interview in Herizons, Spring 2017

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.


Come Celebrate Vancouver Manuscript Intensive 2017 Grads

Join us for our Vancouver Manuscript Intensive celebratory public reading of prose and poetry on June 4th from 3-5pm at the Havana Cafe Theatre (on 1212 Commercial Drive).
This year, we have so many successful grads, that the room cannot accommodate all of their guests at once! We’ll therefore divide the evening into two sets. No matter which set you are attending, please arrive 10 minutes early. Otherwise, you’ll disrupt the readers.

Celebrate VMI 2017 grads

Doors open at 2:40.
THE FIRST SET: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Guests & Readers: please arrive early)
C. Groumoutis
V. Chalker Whitfield
D. Corcese
K.J. Johnson
K. Alexander
L. Gaskell
M. Beaudry
SHORT BREAK: 4:00 pm to 4:10 pm
THE SECOND SET: 4:10 pm to 5:00 pm (Guests and readers: please be there by 4)
B. Wagner
I. Rose
K. King
V. Embree
M. MacDonald
C. Harmon

Want to be Betsy’s social media and blog post manager?

Work with Betsy!

Dear Friends,

My name’s Eleni and I’m Betsy Warland’s current social media and blog post manager. It’s been a blast working with her over the last year–she has listened to and implemented many of my ideas, and really made me feel like a welcome part of her and Vancouver Manuscript Intensive team. Furthermore, this work has led to inspiring connections with many parts of the writing community in Vancouver and beyond, which has nourished my own endeavors as a creative writer.

Sadly, I’m going back to school full time in the fall. Well, that’s not sad, but the fact that I have to give up my work with Betsy is. I’d like to pass the torch on to one of you brilliant and creative members of our writing community.

Betsy’s looking for someone who has knowledge of and is involved in the writing community in Vancouver and beyond, can post items on Facebook, Twitter and her websites, and is reliable. It’s a paid opportunity.

If you’re interested, please contact me: I’ll send you more details.

Suzanna (Zsuzsi) Huebsch, Tech Support, Oscar’s Salon

Zsuzsi offers ace tech support, so you don’t need to know HTML.

Have a great day,


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