Tuesday, 15 October 2013


Katie took the Grind Café Writers’ Group “Free-write Challenge” at this year’s Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival at Trout Lake, Vancouver. The brave drew random prompts then took a break from the fest to go sit under a tree, and let it rip for 10 minutes without stopping in a free-write—and see what emerged. Braver yet, they agreed to let us post their raw version. So remember, this is unedited, unfinished output. Thanks to all participants.


Prompt:  Can you think of one area of your life that you’d be willing to change by 10PM tonight? Write about that—what, how, and why that.
I would determine to spend more time outside in nature. I feel like I’ve spent too much time indoors this summer, what with my move and job interview preparation and ‘write one 20-minute free-write (try to every day) ever since I took a course called “Write, Write, Write” two years ago. I would resolve to spend more time with friends. Tamara lives one floor below. Trout Lake is so beautiful (I’ve never been here before). My old boyfriend lives on Commercial Drive near here. I don’t know why I feel so peaceful on this bench. I hope I get accepted into my MFA at UBC. Why do I want more friends? – because friends make me happier.

©2013 Katie Quackenbush

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