Betsy Warland is the author of a dozen books of poetry, creative nonfiction, and lyric prose. She is most widely known for her best-selling collection of essays, Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing. Her most recent book, Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas, was one of two books chosen to launch the Caitlin Press imprint Dagger Editions, dedicated to books about and by queer women. Reviews in the U.S., Germany, Iceland, and Canada called it “an achievement,” “a roman à clef,” “truly luminous,” and a “tour de force.” Born in Iowa, Warland immigrated to Canada in 1972 and became an important figure in the feminist writing scene in Toronto, Saskatoon, and Vancouver, founding writers’ collectives and organizing numerous conferences and events. In her more than 30 years as a creative writing teacher, editor, and manuscript consultant, Warland has been dedicated to emerging and marginalized writers. She designed the Writer’s Studio program at Simon Fraser University in 2001 and served as its director until 2012. During that time, she initiated the annual Downtown Eastside Writers’ Jamboree at the Carnegie Centre, which spawned the ongoing and highly successful Thursdays Writing Collective. Between 2012 and 2017 Warland curated a new online publishing template called Oscar’s Salon, which featured excerpts from Oscar of Between combined with the work of guest writers, artists, and composers, as well as readers’ comments. Warland is the director of the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive program, which she founded in 2007, and has led workshops in the UK at the Poetry School (London), the Poetry Library (London), and the Arvon Foundation (Devon) and in Canada at Sage Hill, Booming Ground (UBC), the Metchosin International School of the Arts, and Simon Fraser University, among others. Her focus on and support of writers of different cultures, races, countries of origin, educations, genders, and sexual identities has opened doors for numerous award-winning authors.
I offer presentations online from time to time. More information about upcoming events can be found on my website.
I offer workshops online from time to time. More information about upcoming workshops can be found here, on my website.