Great BC Novel Contest Open for Submissions

Dear Novelists, Here’s a fantastic opportunity for you. Mother Tongue Publishing invites you to submit your  manuscript to the 4th Great BC Novel Contest by August 1st, 2017. The contest is open to all writers in British Columbia. Your novel must be completed and unpublished to be eligible, and you cannot submit it anywhere ...read more

Glowing Testimonials For Unique Writing Program. Read & Apply–Nov. 21

Vancouver Manuscript Intensive is an in-depth one-to-one mentorship program that pairs you with a professional author to develop your manuscript to its fullest potential. The next six-month session begins in January 2017, and the deadline for application is November 21, 2016–this coming Monday. Just how fantastic are VMI mentors Evelyn Lau, Cathleen With, Karen ...read more

VMI Success Story: Leanne Dunic’s Book of Lyric Prose Out in Spring ’17

Written in lyric prose that  is “experimental yet playful,” Leanne Dunic’s To Love the Coming End is a unique book composed of 100 chapters, each a single page in length. “This structure gives the language potency while providing space for reflection,” says the book’s synopsis. Pieced together, the chapters tell the story of  “an ...read more

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Betsy Warland Interview, Part 2: Advice to Emerging Writers

In Part 1 of this interview, award-winning author and Vancouver Manuscript Intensive director Betsy Warland described the vision behind the unique mentorship program she has created for emerging writers. In this second and final installment, she talks about opening VMI to international applicants. She also recalls what it felt like to finish her first ...read more

Betsy Warland Interview, Part 1: A Unique Writing Program

Betsy Warland, VMI founder
When Vancouver Manuscript Intensive founder and director Betsy Warland won the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literature last month, MC Bill Richardson said that “literary Vancouver would not be the same without her.” The VMI team–eight mentors and many alumni–agree. In addition to writing twelve critically acclaimed books, Betsy’s unique vision as and editor and ...read more

Mayor’s Arts Awards Go to: VMI Director Betsy Warland and VMI Alumna Jónína Kirton!

Vancouver Manuscript Intensive founder, director and mentor Betsy Warland was honored earlier this month with a Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for her contributions to literature. The ceremony, held at the Roundhouse Community Centre, was hosted by Bill Richardson. “Literary Vancouver would not be the same without her,” Richardson said as he introduced Betsy. He ...read more

Former Poet Laureate Is VMI’s New Poetry & Creative Non-Fiction Mentor

Dear Writers, We have some great news: Evelyn Lau, acclaimed author of twelve books, has joined Vancouver Manuscript Intensive as our new poetry and creative non-fiction mentor. We’re very excited to offer you the opportunity to work with this award-winning author. A few facts about Evelyn: She has published twelve books, including seven volumes ...read more