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Making Your Writing Fly - A Self-editing Workshop for Prose and Poetry

This course has been cancelled. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Instructor: Betsy Warland
Saturday, July 7 - Tuesday, July 10, 9am – 3:30pm
Early Bird Fee: $449 + GST (Extended to June 15)
Regular Fee: $499 + GST
Deposit: $125 + GST (non refundable)

New Full Scholarship Announced for Central/Northern Interior writers. Deadline to submit extended to June 18.

Scholarships and Bursaries are available for all Island Mountain Arts Programs, Link here for details.

Link here for information about accommodations for students

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

Workshop Description:

Effectively self-editing your work before you send it out to an editor, agent or publisher has become a must in today's publishing environment. Whether you have a few strong pieces, a portion of or a full manuscript, you will gain the skills and even pleasure of self-editing in this unique workshop. Based on decades of editing other writer' manuscripts and her own books, Betsy has developed The Layer's Technique: a unique, creative, practical method editing. Working from micro to macro, you will improve your writing first on the sentence (or poetic line) level up to whole (or portion of a larger whole) piece. Revisions, additional writing and adjusting overall structure are all possibilities. One writer who took this workshop said: "The simplest changes made a tremendous difference." Feedback will be given, all your editing questions will be addressed, and one short consult will be available per workshop participant.


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, July 6, 7pm: Student Welcome Reception, IMA Gallery (2323 Pooley Street) – Meet your instructor and pick up your student information packages. 

Saturday, July 7, 5:30pm: Student BBQ, School, free for students

Saturday, July 7, 7pm: Artist Talk with Lisa Milroy

Sunday, July 8, 7pm: Artist Talk with Jen Mann

Monday, July 9, 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: June 23
Writing About Your Place
Later Event: July 7
Toni Onley Artists' Project