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Still time to submit to the next edition of the #LCPChapbookSeries

From the League of Canadian Poets:

The LCP Chapbook Series is now accepting submissions for a chapbook which will spotlight the work of Black poets, to be published in 2020. In celebration of contemporary writing in Canada, the chapbook will amplify Black voices that continue to enrich, question, and propel literature in Canada, playing a part in doing-away with single-thread narratives of the Black Canadian experience. We specifically encourage writers with intersecting marginalized identities to submit.

The submission deadline is October 31, 2019

All details can be found at 

Upcoming Events with Betsy in September 2019

September 14, Gibsons, BC Morning
Enriching Words Library Writing Series
Restarting Your Stalled Story” with Betsy Warland at Gibsons Library 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

September 14, Gibsons, BC Afternoon
Reading by Betsy at Gibsons Library, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

September 15, Gibsons, BC
“Memoir as Muse” workshop 10am-4pm

September 22nd, Vancouver, BC
Writing the Spiritual panel
Banyen Books, 11:30am -1pm

September 26-29th, Smithers, BC
2019 Rural Writers Retreat
CNF and Poetry presenter and workshop leader

September 29th, Vancouver, BC
Word panel, “Our Presence: Creative Writing Teachers on Best Practices”
Afternoon (see Word Vancouver 2019 schedule)

Betsy Warland at Jane’s Walk

Betsy Warland was a featured poet for Jane’s Walk, a citizen-led walking tour. Jane’s Walk on Saturday, May 5 was hosted by Kevin Spenst.

Jane’s Walk, in honour of Jane Jacobs, is “a community-based approach to city building that uses citizen-led walking tours to make space for people to observe, reflect, share, question and re-imagine the places in which they live, work and play.”

Jane’s Walks take place in many cities across the world. To learn more, visit

Genre-bending: The Many Ways to Tell True Stories

The 2019 CNFC conference will take place from June 14 to 16 in Vancouver at UBC’s Point Grey Campus.

At CNFC this year, Betsy Warland is a panelist on “Genre-bending: The Many Ways to Tell True Stories,” alongside Helen HumphreysChelene KnightBetsy Warland, and Renee Saklikar. These four master writers discuss ways to blend genres and cross literary boundaries.

To register for the conference, the early bird deadline is April 5, 2019. Last day of registration is May 31, 2019.

See the CNFC website for full registration and programming details.

Workshop: The Use of Inquiry and Imagination in Memoir Writing

For CanWrite! 2019, Betsy Warland will offer a workshop on the role on inquiry and imagination in memoir.

Imagination and inquiry are essential aspects of writing a memoir as engrossing as a good novel. Betsy will introduce you to some of these key strategies and reflect on several published memoirs she has been an editor for, one being Darrel J. McLeod’s Mamaskatch (recipient of the 2018 Governor Generals Award).

Date / Time: Friday, May 17 from 9:30 – 11:45 am

CanWrite! conference is a vibrant gathering that offers writers opportunities to learn, network, pitch, connect, and celebrate.

This year’s conference is being held at the beautiful Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC), with a program designed to meet the needs of writers at all stages of their careers — aspiring, emerging, and professional — and a truly stellar group of presenters and speakers.


Workshop: Federation of BC Writers Workshop with Betsy Warland

Betsy Warland will offer a manuscript consultation workshop at the Federation of BC Writers’ Spring Writes Festival in May 2019.

As writers, we are now almost solely responsible for our manuscript going through an in-depth editing process regardless of whether a publishing house takes it or we self-publish. Typically, we think we’ve finished a MS before it is finished. Typical indicators that signal us where it is unresolved or losing momentum will be identified. The benefits of hiring a manuscript editor will be discussed as well as questions you pose.

Presenter – Betsy Warland

Venue – Ballroom B, Vancouver Island Conference Center, 80 Commercial St, Nanaimo

Date & Time – Saturday May 4th 2:00PM – 3:30PM

Cost – $37 Members $47 Non-Members

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