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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

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.

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