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 Tulchinsky, Shaena Lambert, Betsy Warland, Rachel Rose, Jane Silcott and Caludia Casper?
Check out these testimonials from past participants, many of whom have gone on to publish and win awards. We’re sure they’ll convince you to apply and experience the same level of support, insight and inspiration.
“Betsy Warland thinks outside the box. Her writing assignments opened my mind up to different approaches that I would never have found on my own. Her criticisms were thoughtful and clear, inoffensive and above all, right. Much of the success of my memoir, Dressed for Dancing, is due to her clear insights and thoughtful commentary.”— LESLIE HILL.
Betsy would offer nudges towards the bright and true thread of the manuscript. Word by word, poem by poem, she walked me towards a manuscript that has been described as “dark and delicate”. I am proud to say that, page as bone ~ ink as blood was published by Talonbooks in Spring 2015. I could not have written this book without Betsy’s kind assistance. I would have still written a book and it may very well have been picked up by a publisher but it would never be the book it became without her gentle guidance. — JONINA KIRTON
At our final reading, VMI was described as a process of ‘stepping into the fire’. With Claudia Casper, I planted my feet on the coals.–JUDY McFARLANE
Rachel Rose, Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, was my mentor for my latest book, A Quiet Coming of Light. She was able to help me find ‘the golden thread’ that linked my poetic memoir together. She was a sensitive and subtle editor who shared her enormous talent in one-on-one writing exercises and expert advice. My book has gone on to be finalist in The Pat Lowther Award with a great deal of credit going to Rachel’s tremendous belief in my manuscript. Thank you for the perfect pairing. — JUDE NEALE
Cathleen With is an excellent mentor. She’s kind, insightful and knowledgeable. Her advice was right on the money and her support encouraged me to persist in my writing goals. She has my total respect. — KATHRYN PARA
Shaena Lambert is a brilliant writer who shares her knowledge of the art generously. One of her greatest gifts is her ability to get to the heart of what you, as a writer, are trying to achieve. She has both knowledge and deep intuitive insights. I have benefited very much by studying with her. — LAURRAINE DAVIES
Your application should include, where possible:
- a twenty-page writing sample
- a short description of your manuscript or body of work
- a resume
Tuition is $2,500 + GST