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 ...read more

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 ...read more

Federation of BC Writers launches ‘Who is ‘The Other’’ Poetry Contest

Submissions are now open for this year’s Literary Writes poetry contest sponsored by the Federation of British Columbia Writers (FBCW). There will be two sections: a general category, judged by Fiona Tinwei Lam, and a 19-and-under youth category, judged by Renée Saklikar, both themed: “Who is ‘The Other’?” Fiona Tinwei Lam has authored two ...read more

The Writers’ Union of Canada launches Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers

The Writers’ Union of Canada launches its 26th annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, which invites submissions of fiction and nonfiction for a grand prize of $2500. The Union is proud to announce an esteemed group of jurors for the Competition: Peter Dubé is the author, co-author, or editor of eleven books including the ...read more

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