Writing on the Wild side in Alberni

Writers retreat. The retreats take place on a privately-owned island off the west coast.

Writers retreat. The retreats take place on a privately-owned island off the west coast.

Do you have an idea for a book or maybe even a half-finished manuscript stashed away in a desk drawer or stored on your hard drive? If you need a dose of inspiration to jump start your project, join award-winning author Paula Wild on one of her wilderness writing retreats.

“Writing a book is a lot like getting married,” says award-winning author Paula Wild. “You have to make a commitment and invest time and energy in the relationship. It’s exciting in the beginning but easy to get bogged down in the middle.”

Manuscript to Book – Key Elements to Success includes stimulating group sessions, as well as a private meeting with Wild to discuss your work or book idea. Full manuscript evaluation is available by prior arrangement.

Participants will learn about focus – finding and sticking to the theme of their story – one of the biggest problem areas for struggling writers, she said.

Other topics include point of view, the perfect paragraph and the art of rewriting. Wild will also provide tips on finding and working with a publisher or going the self-publishing route.

The retreats also include time to write, hike, kayak or just relax.

Wild, a Comox Valley resident, has written thousands of articles, a privately commissioned memoir and four books, most of which appeared on the Vancouver Sun Bestseller List soon after publication.

Workshops take place on a privately owned island off Vancouver Island’s West Coast this May, June and September. A few spaces are still available in all sessions.

For more info visit www.paulawild.ca/workshops or contact Paula at paulawild@shaw.ca or 250-338-7740.