Praise for the first edition

“An extraordinary meditation on the experience of writing with insight on every page into the material, spiritual, emotional, and psychological conditions of writers; the fact that this book is not widely available in the United States lessens our intellectual and creative lives as writers and readers.” —Lambda Literary

“Breathing the Page tells how to reframe a tenacious problem with writing, break out of the kinds of self-induced creative comas storytellers fall into, introduce a beginning writer to the rigours of the writing life, or like a rosary or string of prayer beads, inspire and refocus a  burned-out mind.” —The Globe and Mail

Betsy Warland

Betsy Warland is a manuscript consultant and the author of fourteen books, including Bloodroot, Lost Lagoon/lost in thought, and Oscar of Between. A second edition of her best-selling book on the craft of writing, Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Wrting, was released in 2023, featuring 11 new essays.

In honour of Betsy’s work, an annual award, the VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award, is given to a book that combines two or more genres.

Writers who have worked with Betsy have gone on to be included in the BC Book Prizes, the Griffin Prize, and the Governor General’s Award.

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I’ve been a writing and manuscript consultant/editor for over 20 years. With me, you will recognize the strengths and weakness of your pieces of writing or manuscript (and what’s missing), as well as the most compelling focus and  structure for your work.

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For over 30 years, I’ve been teaching writing across Canada and in the UK. Always interested in new teaching opportunities, I consider invitations for an hour, several days, weeks, or months. Send me your invitation or idea about a workshop.

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