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

Betsy Warland at Jane’s Walk

Betsy Warland was a featured poet for Jane’s Walk, a citizen-led walking tour. Jane’s Walk on Saturday, May 5 was hosted by Kevin Spenst. Jane’s Walk, in honour of Jane Jacobs, is “a community-based approach to city building that uses citizen-led walking tours to make space for people to observe, reflect, share, question and ...read more

Genre-bending: The Many Ways to Tell True Stories

The 2019 CNFC conference will take place from June 14 to 16 in Vancouver at UBC’s Point Grey Campus. At CNFC this year, Betsy Warland is a panelist on “Genre-bending: The Many Ways to Tell True Stories,” alongside Helen Humphreys, Chelene Knight, Betsy Warland, and Renee Saklikar. These four master writers discuss ways to blend genres and cross literary boundaries. To ...read more

Workshop: The Use of Inquiry and Imagination in Memoir Writing

For CanWrite! 2019, Betsy Warland will offer a workshop on the role on inquiry and imagination in memoir. Imagination and inquiry are essential aspects of writing a memoir as engrossing as a good novel. Betsy  will introduce you to some of these key strategies and reflect on several published memoirs she has been an ...read more