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Betsy Warland is offering a one-day community workshop via The Writer’s Studio at SFU Continuing Studies. “Restarting the Stalled Story” will take place on Sunday, Feb 24, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Restarting the Stalled Story
Stall: bring to a standstill, delay tactics, stick fast in mud or snow, mechanical failure, accidentally cause to stop running.
There are some projects that are hard to complete. We’ll either stop writing before completing the first draft, or we’ll finish the draft and not have the momentum to work on the next, instead placing it in our desk drawer. In this workshop we will investigate and identify what type of stall is happening in an excerpt from your writing; what message(s) the stall is trying to give you; how to use this information to propel yourself and your piece in the direction it is eager to go in; or propel you into a new piece of writing that has more vitality. Bring up to 5 source pages from a longer piece or a total of 5 pages of shorter pieces.
About the Instructor: Betsy Warland
Betsy Warland has published 12 books of poetry, creative nonfiction, and lyric prose including her best-selling 2010 book of essays on writing, Breathing the Page—Reading the Act of Writing. In 2013, Warland created a new publishing template: an interactive salon that features excerpts from her manuscript Oscar of Between, guest writers’ and artists’ work and lively comments from salon readers. In March of 2016, Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas launched Caitlin Press’s new imprint, Dagger Editions.
Warland has been teaching creative writing workshops and courses for the past 35 years. Designer and director of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser from 2001-2012, she remains on the TWS Vancouver teaching faculty as the Poetry and Lyric Prose mentor.
Submissions are now open for this year’s Literary Writes poetry contest sponsored by the Federation of British Columbia Writers (FBCW). There will be two sections: a general category, judged by Fiona Tinwei Lam, and a 19-and-under youth category, judged by Renée Saklikar, both themed: “Who is ‘The Other’?”
Fiona Tinwei Lam has authored two poetry books and a children’s book. She edited The Bright Well: Canadian Poems on Facing Cancer, and co-edited Love Me True: Writers on the Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Marriage. She has won The New Quarterly’s Nick Blatchford prize and was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Her poetry videos have screened at festivals locally and internationally. She has a new collection of poems forthcoming with Caitlin Press in 2019.
Renée Saklikar is Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey, British Columbia. Her latest book is a B.C. Bestseller: Listening to the Bees. Renee’s first book, children of air india, un/authorized exhibits and interjections, about the bombing of Air India Flight 182, won the 2014 Canadian Authors Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the 2014 Dorothy Livesay (BC Book Prize)
The deadline is Feb 1, 2019 and the winners will be announced Mar 1, 2019.
For more information, contest guidelines, and to submit, please go to the FBCW web page: bcwriters.ca.
The Writers’ Union of Canada launches its 26th annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, which invites submissions of fiction and nonfiction for a grand prize of $2500.
The Union is proud to announce an esteemed group of jurors for the Competition:
- Peter Dubé is the author, co-author, or editor of eleven books including the novels Hovering World and The City’s Gates, the short fiction collection At the Bottom of the Sky, the novella Subtle Bodies, which was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, and Conjure: a Book of Spells, a collection of prose poems that was shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize. His most recent work is the short fiction collection Beginning with the Mirror.
- Norma Dunning is an Inuk writer, scholar, and researcher. She is a fifth-year doctoral candidate with Indigenous Peoples Education at the University of Alberta but resides in Victoria, BC. Her book Annie Muktuk and Other Stories received the Danuta Gleed Literary Award in 2018. Her debut collection of poetry titled Eskimo Pie is scheduled for release in the fall of 2019.
- Pamela Mordecai is the author of over thirty books including textbooks, children’s books, six collections of poetry, a reference work on Jamaica (with her husband, Martin), and a collection of short fiction. Her novel Red Jacket was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Award. A prolific anthologist, she has been a teacher, a trainer of teachers, an editor, and a publisher
The deadline for submissions is Feb, 15, 2019.
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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 www.nsfans.ca
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.
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.
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