Claudia Caspar to receive Distinguished Artist Award

Claudia Caspar, author of the award-winning The Mercy Journals, and Vancouver Manuscript Intensive mentor, will receive the Distinguished Artist Award from FANS (Fund for the Arts on the North Shore) on Friday, November 2, 2018, at the West Vancouver Municipal Hall. Sylvia Tait will also receive a Distinguished Artist Award, while Gordon Smith will receive ...read more

Betsy at the Vancouver Writers Festival on Free Saturday!

Betsy Warland will moderate a panel at the 2018 Vancouver Writers Festival on “Free Saturday,” an initiative that makes festival events accessible and open to everyone. Betsy will facilitate “The Things We Inherit” at 10:30 a.m. on Oct 20, 2018. The panel will engage in discussion on family, biography, and trauma, and will feature ...read more

Betsy at Canadian Writers Against Kinder-Morgan Expansion

On Saturday, August 25, Betsy Warland and many writers gathered to protest the Kinder Morgan buyout and pipeline expansion in Burnaby, BC. Writers met to share concerns about the threat to local waters; the federal government’s promise that toxic bitumen can be cleaned up when science says it can’t; the marketing of tar sands ...read more

Photos from the launch of Darrel J. McLeod’s Mamaskatch

Darrel J. McLeod launched his memoir, Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre) on Sept 15, 2018 at the Native Education College (NEC). Vancouver Manuscript Intensive founder, bestselling author, and cross-genre writer, Betsy Warland, emceed the afternoon alongside Shaena Lambert, author of Oh, My Darling.  Quill & Quire has said “Darrel J. McLeod uses the imagery ...read more

Betsy Warland Emcees the Launch of Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age by Darrel J. McLeod

Darrel J. McLeod will launch his memoir, Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre) on Sept 15, 2018 at the Native Education College (NEC). Vancouver Manuscript Intensive founder, bestselling author, and cross-genre writer, Betsy Warland, will emcee the afternoon alongside Shaena Lambert, author of Oh, My Darling.  Eden Robinson, author of Monkey Beach, has praised Mamaskatch as “honestly stunning.” RSVP ...read more

Becky Livingston Publishes Memoir: The Suitcase and the Jar

Becky Livingston, 2015 VMI alumna, will publish her memoir, The Suitcase and the Jar: Travels with a Daughter’s Ashes, on Sept 14, 2018. For twenty-six months, Livingston travelled to Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, India, England, Ireland and North America, coast to coast, with her daughter’s ashes. Her publisher, Caitlin Press, has called The Suitcase and the Jar a “profoundly ...read more

VMI alumna Jan Redford on Memoir, Marriage, Motherhood, and Mountains

Jan Redford, VMI alumna and author of the memoir, End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood (Random House Canada, 2018) will be in conversation with Hal Wake, former director of the Vancouver Writers Festival and Angie Abdou, author of Home Ice (ECW Press, 2018) at 7 p.m. on Sept 10, 2018 at the Vancouver Public Library. All ...read more

Oscar of Between adapted for musical performance

Oscar of Between by Betsy Warland will be performed with musical accompaniment on September 19, 2018! You are cordially invited to attend a read-through performance of The Art of Camouflage for mezzo soprano/baritone, piano & percussion by Lloyd Burritt. Betsy’s publisher, Caitlin Press, shares the beginnings of Oscar and the epiphany of camouflage: “In 2007, at the age ...read more

Vancouver Manuscript Intensive Accepting Applications

The Vancouver Manuscript Intensive is accepting applications for 2019. 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. 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 ...read more