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Betsy Warland

posted Aug 9, 2010, 7:37 PM by Kim Nayyer   [ updated Aug 20, 2010, 1:45 AM ]

Betsy Warland Creative nonfiction writer, poet, essayist, teacher, manuscript consultant, and editor Betsy Warland was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa in 1946. She obtained her B.A. in Art and Education at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa in 1970. Warland emigrated to Canada in 1973, becoming a citizen in 1980.

A writer dedicated to emerging writers, Betsy Warland is the director of  The Writer’s Studio Program at  Simon Fraser University’s Writing and Publishing Program, and of her own five-month manuscript development program, Vancouver Manuscript Intensive. She is also on faculty in both programs.

Perhaps most known for her language-focused writing and ways of working with silence, scoring blank space on the page evokes as much meaning to her as inscribing written language. The unsayable, the secreted, the unknowable: these are her obsessions – how one encounters them in lover relationships, family, a homophobic society, a mono-truth society, or the inner work of spiritual practice.

Currently, Betsy is working on a lyric prose manuscript “Oscar of Between”.