Maybe time has come for writing on the Wild side

Every author struggles from time to time.

Every author struggles from time to time.

Writing a book isn’t easy. It requires hefty amounts of commitment, time and energy. And sometimes, it seems like the most sensible thing to do is give up.

That’s when a little inspiration can help a lot.

“It can be difficult to start or finish a book,” admits author Paula Wild. “And sometimes, you get marooned in the middle. Writing retreats are a great way to rekindle your enthusiasm and get the words flowing again.”

To help authors get their book on track, Wild is offering a workshop at Sea Watch Cabins, a wilderness sanctuary on Vancouver Island’s West Coast, from Sept. 16 to 20.

Writing on the Wild Side includes tips on getting the first draft down, editing your work and applying three key elements that will help you achieve your writing goals. The workshop also provides information on publishing options and writing a book proposal.

“Paula’s astute editing and personalized service really jumpstarted my young adult novel,” says Shannon Bailey.

Participants will enjoy lively group sessions and personal writing time, as well as a private meeting with Wild to discuss their book idea or manuscript. Optional hiking and kayaking outings explore Nuchatlitz Provincial Park.

“As a new author, I had no idea how to edit my work,” says Dodie Eyer. “It was a real turning point for my children’s chapter book. The food was delicious, and I loved learning how to kayak.”

Wild, an award-winning author of numerous books, has been published in many periodicals, including Beautiful British Columbia, Reader’s Digest and The Beaver. She has covered arts and entertainment for the Comox Valley Record for 22 years.

“Paula’s words are in my mind as I write each morning,” notes Yvonne Maximchuk. “She gave me excellent instruction in how to write to my best abilities and helped bring my memoir to a whole new level. I was thrilled!”

The $740 fee includes the workshop, accommodation, meals and water transportation from Tahsis. Carpooling to Tahsis will be arranged.

For more information or to register visit or contact Wild through or 250-338-7740.

Can’t attend the retreat? Wild offers manuscript evaluations and author support independently from her courses. Contact her for details.

— Paula Wild


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