Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival returns from March 1-4, 2018 at various venues in Vancouver, BC.

Betsy Warland will be at Growing Room on Saturday and Sunday, where she will be participating in and moderating panels, respectively.


From Head and Heart: Expanding Genre in Memoir
Leanne Dunic, Chelene Knight, Ijeoma Oluo, Bev Sellars, Betsy Warland
Moderator: Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Writers of memoir often bring together the best of all genres, blurring the boundaries of poetry, biography, fiction, history, and philosophy to create a genre-busting reading experience. Gear up for an engaging conversation with writers Leanne Dunic, Chelene Knight, Ijeoma Oluo, Bev Sellars, and Betsy Warland on how they have each approached the art of telling their histories.

Saturday, March 3, 4:30pm–6:30pm | By Donation
Native Education College @ 285 East 5th Avenue
This event will feature ASL Interpretation


Reopening Old Wounds: Self-Care When Writing
Maggie de Vries, Chelene Knight, Ijeoma Oluo, Bev Sellars
Moderator: Betsy Warland

Writing can be a powerful way of healing after trauma; however, the process can also trigger painful memories and emotions. How do we know when we’re ready to write about our most difficult experiences? (Are we ever “ready”?) How do we take care of ourselves as we tear open old wounds to bleed onto the page? In this intimate panel, four authors discuss the challenges of writing about grief and trauma—how to take care of oneself when diving deep into pain, and whether the journey, ultimately, can lead to greater healing.

Sunday, March 4, 10:30am–12:30pm | By Donation
School Creative @ 112 East 3rd Avenue

This event will feature ASL Interpretation

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