Exciting changes at VMI

2007-2020 Farewell Betsy Warland, Founding Director and Mentor Emerita When I offered Vancouver Manuscript for the first time in 2007, I had two motivations. I loved mentoring writers working on their manuscripts and I wanted to do more of this work. Secondly, writers working on manuscripts had few options for manuscript guidance and support ...read more

Posted by: Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Deadline for VMI 2021 is November 9

The November 9 application deadline is approaching for the VMI six month program beginning in January 2021. The inaugural VMI Fellowship is also open for applications until November 9. Read more about the VMI Fellowship here. We welcome your applications and look forward to reading your work! All the details are on the VMI ...read more

Posted by: Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Announcing the VMI Literary Fellowship

For a writer of exceptional promise with a manuscript in progress, who has faced significant barriers to fulfilling that promise, including but not limited to racism, poverty or class barriers, geographic dislocation or refugee status, single parenthood, disability or serious illness. Fellowship includes a full scholarship (value $3,234.00) to the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive 2021 program to ...read more

Pandemic Readjustments

We support community health and want to ensure writers are best equipped to present their material. Given the difficulties surrounding Covid-19 and social distancing, VMI has cancelled the June public group reading.  In light of the unforeseen turn of events we have converted this loss into a gain: two extra hours of mentoring in ...read more

Posted by: Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Book Launch — Postponed

Unfortunately the Lost Lagoon/lost in thought book launch scheduled for March 19, 2020 is postponed. ***Apologies for cross-posting ***

Poetry Workshop with Sherwin Bitsui

Vancouver Manuscript Intensive Presents Diné Patterns: A Two Hour Poetry Workshop with Sherwin Bitsui Thursday, January 30, 2019 7pm-9pm Perchance Café, 3363 Dunbar St, (at 17th) Vancouver   Registration opens to VMI participants Dec 3, 2019 before opening to the general public Dec 10.   This two-hour poetry workshop will combine the reading of ...read more

Posted by: Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Vancouver Manuscript Intensive Accepting Applications for 2020

The Vancouver Manuscript Intensive is accepting applications for 2020. 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. Our newest mentor is the author of fiction, essays and poetry Susan Olding. VMI mentorship begins with an in-person meeting to develop a rapport, discuss your manuscript, and ...read more

Photos: VMI Celebrates 2019 Grads

Thanks to everyone who came out to VMI’s 2019 alumni reading last Sunday afternoon at Havana Cafe Theatre in East Vancouver. This diverse group of fiction and non-fiction writers kept the audience rapt in their tales of growing up in South Africa, of the Toronto art scene, of experiencing the Paris Attacks, of being ...read more

VMI 2019 Reading @ Havana Cafe and Theatre

Join Betsy Warland and Vancouver Manuscript Intensive mentors, Claudia Casper, Shazia Hafiz, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Jónina Kirton, and Cathleen With for the 2019 VMI reading! Writers will read from a range of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction on June 9, 2019 at the Havana Café and Theatre. VMI 2019 Lineup: Gabriella Forbes Stephanie-Marie Candiago Nirmala ...read more