Write for Life

Achieving Your Big Potential and Leaving a Lasting Legacy

A Four Week Course and Challenge for Writing Your Life

Presented by Beth Hendry-Yim

Since high school, Florence Riley wanted to write. In her twenties, when she and her husband moved to the Cariboo to homestead, she thought it would be the opportunity she had been waiting for. But breaking ground, proving land and living in Forest Grove in the summer and working in Victoria in the winter, served up plenty of distractions. Plus, her husband wasn’t supportive, even scoffing at her hopes of sharing the experience. In her mind, quietly, privately, she knew that one day she would write. Keeping every receipt, piece of correspondence, picture and diary entry safely filed away, she waited.

When we met, she had been a widow for two years. Our friendship grew over a common passion for the written word and enjoyment in sharing our own stories. But many was the visit when she would bemoan the fact that one daynot today, she would organize her material, pick up a pen and write her story. For three years I listened to her frustration, impotent to get the ball rolling.

One day she reasoned that she wasn’t writing because the office where her carefully filed material was stored was inconvenient and too far down the hall. 

“Then bring the stuff out and put it by your kitchen table,” I said. “You can’t ignore it there and when you have spare time work at it one file at a time.”

We carried the boxes out the next day. Two years later, after she had refiled all the material, including the original deed from the government giving them homestead status, and written the story on the blank side of recycled paper, she began painstakingly entering it onto the computer. At 91, she published “The Last Cariboo Homestead”. At 98, she is putting the finishing touches on the second part of her greatest life adventure, when she lands a job working for the opposition leader in Victoria. 

Sometimes, we need a kick in the pants to fulfill a lifelong dream, at other times we need a different perspective. Either way, it is never, ever too late to pick up a pen or keyboard and record your story!

Shawn Achor, author of the Happiness Advantage, wrote in his latest book, Big Potential, that success is not achieved in a vacuum, it is usually achieved with the support and collective knowledge of others. 

That’s what this workshop is all about. Reaching your writing goals, putting your story on paper for others to learn from and cherish and achieving your big potential as a writer. 

In this four part workshop, we will cover:

Session 1 

The Write Life

            What keeps you from writing

            Overcoming the obstacles

            Accessing your inner creative muse

            Write Life for Life

Session 2

Letting it all Go

            Getting to the Flow

            Evaluation Know How

            Tricks of the Trade

            Prompts and Practice

Session 3

Finding the Story

            What to write

            What not to write

            How you want to write it

            Prompts and Practice

            Finding Voice

Session 4

You’ve Got This

            Bearing the Bones

            Writing resources

            Creating your Formula

            Prompts and Practice

            You have a Voice!

In a supportive, safe and nurturing environment come discover your inner author. 


January 28, 6:30-8pm

February 4, 6:30-8pm

February 11, 6:30-8pm

February 18, 6:30-8pm




VitaCare Natural Health Clinic  2147 Bowen Road in Nanaimo
250-585-2150 or email bethyim@shaw.ca

Presenter Bio:

Beth Hendry-Yim is an award-winning author and journalist who currently produces two neighbourhood magazines. She has won awards in provincial literary awards and national magazine awards. Her writing has appeared in local, provincial and national publications including the Nanaimo News Bulletin, Business Examiner, Navigator, Island Parent, Natural News and more. 

She is also an award winning public speaker and teacher with many workshops, lectures and guest speaking engagements under her belt. She has authored several books on natural health as well as a homeschooling guide to encouraging kids to write creatively. Her belief is that everyone has an extraordinary story to share that has the Big Potential to inspire, motivate and entertain. It is her honour to help people find those unique and amazing tales.