Breathing the Page 2nd Edition

CBC Books Canadian nonfiction 2021

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“Every word in this book is stretched to capacity, gently unpacking the truth about all the unmet needs that often sit between mothers and daughters. Offered with such tenderness, and careful pacing, the white space invites us to breathe between revelations as we birth new ways, more compassionate ways, to see one another. This is, as Betsy says, a narrative about abandoning disappointment; acquiescing to grace. ” —Jónína Kirton, author of An Honest Woman

Bloodroot is a deeply moving and evocative memoir, a reminder that death is not a finite moment, but an unsteady process of holding on and letting go. Read the text. Read the white space. Read the silences in between. Every page is marked by Betsy Warland’s presence and precision. ” —Chantal Gibson, author of How She Read

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Betsy Warland

Betsy Warland is a manuscript consultant and the author of fourteen books, including Bloodroot, Lost Lagoon/lost in thought, Oscar of Between, and Breathing the Page.

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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