Understand Your Approach as a Writer

Sometimes the hardest thing about writing is figuring out what to write about. We asked author Elizabeth Rains, who will be teaching a one-day workshop at the Arts Building this fall, for her thoughts and she offered up the following writing exercise you can do while enjoying the scenery on the Sunshine Coast:

  1. Walk in the woods, along a trail, or on the beach. Find something unusual that you can keep in your pocket or bag. Examine the object and put it away. Continue your walk for at least 10 minutes.
  2. When you return to the place where you do your writing, describe the object in at least two paragraphs.
  3. Afterward compare the object with your description. Did you miss anything? Did you add some qualities that were not there? Ponder whether your writing was fiction, non-fiction, or a combination. Did you concentrate on description or introspection? Was your style fluffy, stark, or somewhere in between?

There are no right answers here. The object is to understand your approach as a writer, so you can choose writing topics that suit your individual style.

Want to learn more about finding your writing style or getting your passions out on paper? Join us for Elizabeth Rains’ upcoming workshop, “Identify Your Writing Passion.”

Date:Saturday Nov. 26
Time:10 a.m. – 3 pm
Cost: $80
Class size: minimum 6, maximum 20

Questions? Email us at or call us at 604-740-7790.

Class registration is open until 48 hours prior to the start of the event. Register today by cheque or credit card using the form below to reserve your spot. (Credit card transactions are done through PayPal but you do not need a PayPal account to use it.)

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