This summer, Betsy offers “Making Your Writing Fly,” a self-editing workshop for prose and poetry, presented by Island Mountain Arts. Effectively self-editing your work before you send it out to an editor, agent or publisher has become a must in today’s publishing environment. Whether you have a few strong pieces, a portion of or ...read more
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Canadian Authors presents “Experimenting with the Potentials of Creative Non-Fiction,” a reading and talk by Betsy Warland, essayist, poet, and founder of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. Reading from three of her non-fiction works, Betsy will illustrate her compositional techniques and strategies in her creative non-fiction writing. Although this is not a workshop, we recommend ...read more
West Coast Writers is pleased to announce our upcoming urban retreat: a day-long intensive with critically acclaimed poet and author, Betsy Warland. Navigating contradictions, the unknown, or the forbidden in a group of poems or a lyric-prose narrative. When our subject inherently has contradictions, unknown or forbidden aspects, how do we write into it, ...read more
The inaugural Wild Writers Festival, presented by The New Quarterly, was held from Nov 3-5, 2017 in Waterloo, Ontario. Betsy Warland offered a sold out creative non-fiction workshop and was part of panel on the personal essay, alongside Alicia Elliott, Susan Olding, and Kyle Edwards. Betsy also presented alongside Anna Ling Kaye, who was a guest ...read more
The 2018 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers is now open for submissions. Lambda Literary announced the news on Jan 4: “The Judith A. Markowitz Award honors LGBTQ-identified writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for promising careers. Two Emerging LGBTQ Writer prizes will be presented, each with a cash prize of $1000. Applicants to this prize may be self-nominated or ...read more
Growing Room is Room magazine’s annual literary festival, a celebration of diverse Canadian writers and artists, and Betsy Warland is honoured to be included in the stellar lineup! Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival will return this year from March 1-4! Details coming soon.
Refugium, an anthology of Poems for the Pacific, edited by Victoria Poet Laureate, Yvonne Blomer, has been longlisted for the 2018 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Published by Caitlin Press in the Fall of 2017, Refugium offers hearty words on the complexities of climate change. The publisher says, “Yvonne Blomer explores her deep ...read more
The deadline for the 2018 Vancouver Manuscript Intensive has been extended to December 1, 2017! Get to know your mentors and find out more about working with them one-on-one to develop your manuscript and prepare it for publication.
Barbara Black, 2017 Vancouver Manuscript Intensive alumna, has won The Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition. Black received a $2,500 cash prize for her story, “His Invertebrate Existence.” Based out of Victoria, B.C., Black’s work has been shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s 2017 Open Season Awards and her writing has appeared in venues such as CV2 and FreeFall. ...read more
The Vancouver Manuscript Intensive is accepting applications for 2018. 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, ...read more