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Vancouver Manuscript Intensive Accepting Applications for 2020

The Vancouver Manuscript Intensive is accepting applications for 2020. VMI is an in-depth one-to-one mentorship program that pairs you with a professional author to develop your manuscript to its fullest potential. Our newest mentor is the author of fiction, essays and poetry Susan Olding.

VMI mentorship begins with an in-person meeting to develop a rapport, discuss your manuscript, and confirm your goals. In preparation for this meeting, your mentor will read and assess your entire manuscript, or body of work from which the basis of a manuscript is determined, before developing a suggested strategy for your ongoing work together. The Vancouver Manuscript Intensive web site has all the details.

Our program culminates each year with a public reading given by each year’s graduates.

Applications for VMI close on November 11, 2019. Have a look at our roster of experienced and award-winning mentors, success stories from authors such as Jonina Kirton and Leanne Dunic, and contact Betsy if you have any questions!

Application deadline: November 11, 2019
Notification: November 25, 2019
Tuition: $2,800 + GST
Tuition due by: December 14, 2019

Betsy at Vancouver Writers Fest

Betsy will be moderator for Event 70: Difficult Inheritances
Free (Pay what you can)

On Saturday, Oct 26

From 5:00pm – 6:30pm

At Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street

How do we confront painful inheritances? Abandoned by his parents, Jesse Thistle fell into a life of drugs, homelessness and crime, before taking it upon himself to change. In From the Ashes, he shares his journey to reconnect with his Métis-Cree culture and family. Exiled from her Yemeni family and shaken by her father’s death, Ayelet Tsabari (The Art of Leaving) pursued a turbulent life of constant travel—until an untold family history enabled her to finally find herself. Adopted as an infant, Jenny Heijun Wills (Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.) overcomes cultural divides to build a relationship with her birth family. These memoirists explore the courageous act of facing one’s past in order to create more promising futures

Thanks to the support of the Y.P. Heung Foundation, Government of British Columbia and Raincoast Books.

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.

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