This six-week online workshop is an invitation to explore not only the process of creative writing, but also a brief introduction to the essential elements of oral and nonverbal communication necessary to assimilate (as opposed to memorizing) an original story for a traditional style oral transmission, i.e., a telling vs. a reading.

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Time: six Mondays, 18:00 to 20:00

Duration: 18 October - 22 November, 2021

Location: Online via Zoom

Description

Open to all

Limited to 12 participants

Whether yours is a love story or an adventure, a true-life story or one that’s totally imagined, you will be free to improvise and adapt as you are guided through the creative process of bringing a story to life and telling it In Your Own Voice and Your Own Words.

This six-week online workshop is an invitation to explore not only the process of creative writing, but also a brief introduction to the essential elements of oral and nonverbal communication necessary to assimilate (as opposed to memorizing) an original story for a traditional style oral transmission, i.e., a telling vs. a reading.

Tell us a story of your hopes, dreams, and fears.

Unleashing the imagination

  • Using images and working within allotted time limits, your will be guided through the basic steps and elements of creative story writing (these elements being the key to any storytelling project, written or oral).
  • The writing sessions will include exercises in creative thought, improvisation, situation, and character motivation as well as the ongoing transition and adaptation of your story.
  • Throughout the workshop, you will continue to experiment and improvise, and the ongoing transition and adaptation of your written text (Your Words) will gradually evolve into a story made to tell (Your Voice).
  • Storytelling exercises will cover creating the storyboard, incorporating senses and emotions, and using both voice and gesture to bring the story to life.
  • Freedom of creative voice and individual style are encouraged!

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.

With laughter and tears, participants will share their thoughts and ideas, memories and emotions, in a positive, enjoyable, and non-judgmental environment designed to encourage growth and well-being. . . simply for the pleasure of it!

Workshop leader

Credit: Christiane Olivier (Contes en Îles) 2019
Patti Warnock, aka La Contesse, travels the globe, collecting and sharing her stories. She has participated in festivals and cultural activities 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.   W.R.I.T.E.® Workshops: Culture in the Schools - ELAN ArtistsInpire - QWF programs.

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