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.
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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
The Vancouver Manuscript Intensive is proud to welcome Elee Kraljii Gardiner to the roster of exceptional VMI mentors including Rachel Rose, Evelyn Lau, Jane Silcott, and more. Gardiner will be editing poetry and creative nonfiction for the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive. She will also offer a six-week Memoir Writing Workshop beginning Oct. 18, 2017. Elee Kraljii ...read more
Betsy Warland will judge The Malahat Review‘s 2017 Open Season Awards in the creative nonfiction category. The Open Season Awards offer a grand total of $4500 in prize money in three categories: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Evelyn Lau and Carleigh Baker have been named as the poetry and fiction judges, respectively. The prize is ...read more
Novelist, screenwriter, director, and VMI mentor, Karen X. Tulchinsky, made the list of the Top 10 Most Borrowed Canadian Books from the Vancouver Public Library’s collection. The list was revealed by the Vancouver Public Library to celebrate Canadian literary contributions on Canada Day. Data compiled over the last 15 years featured The Five Books of ...read more
Congratulations to VMI Fiction mentor Claudia Casper, who has won the Philip K. Dick Award for her novel The Mercy Journals. This prestigious prize is awarded yearly to a distinguished science fiction work published in paperback in the US. The Mercy Journals, published by Arsenal Pulp Press, is a gripping tale that takes place ...read more
Congratulations to this year’s VMI grads, who celebrated the completion and development of their manuscripts at the Havana Café on June 4, 2017. Thirteen writers read from their prose, poetry, creative non-fiction, and cross-genre manuscripts, including two who came all the way from Saskatchewan and Alberta. C. Groumoutis V. Chalker Whitfield D. Corcese K.J. ...read more