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Workshop: Memoir as Muse with Betsy Warland

Canadian Authors–Victoria organizes writing events in Victoria, BC. We are affiliated with the Metro Vancouver Branch and are part of the Canadian Authors Association, which encourages and inspires writers of all genres. We offer aspiring, emerging, and professional writers opportunities and resources to hone their writing and business skills, network with others, and thrive in a community of like-minded professionals.

Join acclaimed poet/memoirist/artist Betsy Warland for “Memoir as Muse” to learn how to draw on strategies of fiction, poetry, script/playwriting, and research to enhance the storytelling nature of your writing.

Memoir as Muse with Betsy Warland
Sunday, April 28 from 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: $80 for Canadian Authors members, $95 for non-members
Location: G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road, Victoria, BC
More detailsWorkshop Poster (PDF)

The Malahat Review’s “Queer Perspectives” | Launch on March 23

The Malahat Review‘s “Queer Perspectives” issue is in stores and in circulation now!

Please join The Malahat Review for readings and a conversation celebrating the publication of Queer Perspectives, which features contemporary writing by LGBTQ2S?+ writers in Canada chosen by guest editors Ali Blythe, Trevor Corkum, and Betsy Warland.

Who: Adèle Barclay, John Barton, Ali Blythe, Anne Fleming, Arleen Paré, Miranda Pearson, Anaheed Saatchi, Betsy Warland

When: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 23 March 2019

Where: University of Victoria (HSD* A240)
*info and map to the Human and Social Development Building

Admission: All welcome—free or by donation
Go to our Facebook event page.

Body and Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers | VPL Launch

Have you ever had questions about faith or religious practice?

On March 13 at VPL, join Susan Scott, editor of Body and Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers and an all-female panel of contributors including Dora Dueck, Pam Johnson, Jonina Kirton, Lori McNulty, Betsy Warland as they break the age-old code of silence and explore open conversations about the messiness of faith, practice, religion and ceremony.

In recognition of International Women’s Day.

In partnership with Caitlin Press.

Workshop: Restarting the Stalled Story with Betsy Warland


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.

Learn more and register.

Federation of BC Writers Launches ‘Who is ‘The Other’’ Poetry Contest

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 Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers

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.

Visit TWUC for more.

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