Storytelling Workshops

These workshops will be delivered online until further notice. If circumstances change and we are able to resume in-person sessions, each workshop can be rescheduled for a one-day session.

We’re All Storytellers: Learning the Craft of True-life Storytelling

with Nisha Coleman

This dynamic online workshop aims to reconnect the participants with their natural storytelling selves. With an oral exercise off the top, participants get to know each other and understand quickly that they are already storytellers. With a segment on story structures, building tension, layered meanings, scenes, sensory details, and beginnings and endings, participants begin to conceptualize the story they want to tell by the end of the class and gain valuable insight by working in pairs and small groups. An additional segment on performance techniques equips them not only for their final “performance” but to be a better communicator in their lives at home, school, or work. Nisha will record video of all who are willing, providing them with a lasting souvenir of the workshop. The workshop dynamic is supportive, safe, and welcoming, allowing participants to be vulnerable, open, and honest.

Photo: Robert Esguerra 

Nisha Coleman is a writer of fiction and memoir and an award-winning storyteller. Her memoir, Busker: Stories from the Streets of Paris, was released in 2016 by Radiant Press and was chosen as one of the 2016 Best Books of the Year by Pickle Me This. Her stories have been broadcast on The Moth Radio Hour, Risk, PBS, and CBC. Her solo storytelling show, Self-Exile, was featured at the Centaur Theatre for the 2017 Wildside Festival and won the 2016 Montreal Best of Fringe as well as the Sarasolo Festival Award of Excellence.

In Your Own Voice and In Your Own Words

with Patti Warnock

During this online workshop, participants will learn the basics of oral and nonverbal communication necessary for the transmission of a story (including recognizing the essential story elements, use of pictographs, voice, gesture, etc.) in order to learn as opposed to memorize. Whether they’re recounting a love story or an adventure, a true-life story or one that’s totally imagined, the participants will be free to improvise and adapt as they are guided through the creative process of bringing a story to life and telling it in their own voice and their own words. Through the sharing of stories, we may see past our differences; stimulate interaction between generations, languages, and cultures; strengthen our confidence, identity, and sense of community. Through laughter and tears, participants will share their thoughts and ideas, memories and emotions, in a positive, enjoyable, and nonjudgmental environment designed to encourage growth and well being… simply for the pleasure of it!

Photo: Christiane Olivier (Soirées Contes en Îles), 2019

Patti Warnock, aka La Contesse, has participated in cultural activities and festivals throughout Quebec, Canada, the Caribbean, France, Iran, and China, receiving commendations for her storytelling and writing work. Her repertoire (for the young at heart of all ages) consists not only of traditional style tales, but also of her own creations, where reality and fiction walk hand in hand, and which are based on the reality of everyday life events, and on her own childhood in rural Quebec and in northern Canada.

Please visit the main page for more information on StoryScaping: Creative Word-shops for Youth and Seniors, or to fill out a request form for either of these workshops.