Finding your Story

A Creative Writing Workshop


Alderlea Farm

Glenora Road, Duncan, BC

9.30 – 12.30 Saturday April 15th 2023

With novelist and teacher Elizabeth Ellis

I am delighted to be running this writing workshop in the peaceful and inspiring setting of Alderlea Farm in the beautiful Cowichan Valley.  My home is in the UK but my youngest daughter settled here with her husband and young son some eighteen months ago and we visit as often as we can. I am greatly indebted to Katy Shaw for her hospitality and support with this workshop. Lunch is available at the Farm Café afterwards. We hope you will join us!

The workshop itself is designed for those who have always wanted to begin writing creatively and for those who have made tentative beginnings. We hope to cover some, if not all of the following stepping stones:

Inspiration: Where do ideas come from? Where are they stored?

Character development: Who’s in the story and why?

Time and place: When and where does the narrative take place?

Point of view: Whose shoes are we wearing?

Structure: How to turn the idea into a narrative. Developing the story arc.

Finishing: Endings, editing and rewrites.

Letting your words fly: Having the courage to let them go.

I look forward to meeting you!