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Parts of the Whole: Nonfiction, Short Fiction and Poetry Narratives

Please Note: This workshop has been postponed

Instructor: Betsy Warland
Saturday, August 26 - Tuesday, August 29, 9am – 3:30pm
Early Bird Fee: $429 + GST (Extended to July 28)
Regular Fee: $476 + GST
Deposit: $119 + GST (non refundable)

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To register call 1-800-442-2787 or online below.

You can also mail a cheque to
Island Mountain Arts, Box 65,
Wells, BC, V0K 2R0

Workshop Description:

Best-selling author and sought-after instructor, consultant and editor, Betsy Warland works across many genres and teaches that “everything is writing.” This workshop is for writers of short nonfiction and/or fiction pieces, and/or poetry writers who have enough parts of the whole that it is time to step back and consider how all these parts can most effectively create a whole. When working with nonfiction fragments or short pieces, individual poems, mixed genre pieces, flash fiction, text and images, the most effective structure can be hard to identify which, in turn, undermines coherence and impact. Investigating this midway, however, can make a big difference in how successfully you write the rest of this body of work and increases the possibility of getting it published.


Betsy Warland has 12 books of poetry, creative nonfiction, and lyric prose. Among the leading lyric prose writers in Canada, her collection of essays on writing, Breathing the Page—Reading the Act of Writing (2010) became a bestseller. In 2012, Warland created a new publishing template: an interactive salon comprised of excerpts from Oscar of Between, Guest Writers and Artist’s work and Featured Readers’ comments.

In April of 2016, Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas was published by Caitlin Press. Reviews of Oscar of Between in the U.S., Germany and Canada have called it “an achievement,” “a roman a clef,” “truly luminous,” and a “tour de force.”

Warland received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary in Vancouver in 2016. In 2017, she will be the Lyric Prose and Poetry Mentor for The Writer’s Studio at S.F.U. She designed and directed of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser from 2001-2012.

In 2004, Warland co-founded the cross-Canada Creative Writers Nonfiction Collective; in 2007 she founded and continues to mentor in the six-month Vancouver Manuscript Intensive program. She has been a professional creative writing teacher and manuscript consultant/editor for the past 30 years and isa frequent workshop instructor who has given workshops at MISSA (Vancouver Island), The Poetry School (London, UK), Toronto, at the CNFC conferences (Banff and Victoria), Vancouver, and Montreal.

Events Included:

Friday, August 25, 7pm: Student Welcome Reception, IMA Gallery (2323 Pooley Street) – Meet your instructor and pick up your student information packages. This night is also the Opening for Dirk Vanstralen's Exhibition, "Failing Better."

Saturday, August 26, 5:30pm: Student BBQ, School, free for students

Saturday, August 26, 7pm: Artist Talk with Evelyn Armstrong

Sunday, August 27, 7pm: Artist Talk with Kalsang Dawa

Monday, August 28, 7pm: Reading with Betsy Warland and students

IMA students also receive free admission to Barkerville Historic Town and many discounts to local businesses.

Earlier Event: August 26
Life Drawing
Later Event: August 26
Painting Your Inner Mandala