This workshop will involve a mixture of group discussion, critical analysis of stories, and workshopping participants’ own stories with the goal of embodying an original five-minute story for invited guests at the final session

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Open to storytellers of all levels of experience.

Limited to 12 participants.

We plan to hold this workshop in person at the QWF office, with up to two virtual slots available for people who are unable to come to our office. If public health conditions necessitate it, this workshop may transition to a purely online model.

Have you ever sat captivated by a stranger standing on a stage recounting true events from their life? Did you get caught up in the tension of the room, waiting with everyone else to find out what would happen next? Ever wonder what it would be like to hold an audience’s breath in the palm of your hand?

You can. You already have everything you need: your body.

Join Lukas and Emma, two seasoned and engaging storytellers, for eight weeks of exploration into using your body to craft and perform your own true-life stories.

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Equip participants to prepare and perform a five-minute true story with no notes and no props.
  • Facilitate and support exploration of emotionally charged material in search of unique stories.
  • Harness the inherent strength of your body – the vessel for sharing your stories.
  • Examine the tenets of storytelling, including finding your narrative, conflict, and other essential elements of storycraft.

These intimate sessions will involve a mixture of group discussion, critical analysis of stories, and workshopping participants’ own stories with the goal of embodying an original five-minute story for invited guests at the final session. Stories will be workshopped in groups as well as one-on-one with facilitators and fellow workshop participants.

Each week will focus on a particular theme with a corresponding body part, with story examples to support each theme and illustrate the foundations of storytelling. By week 3, participants should have a story in mind that we will work on for the final presentation.

Workshop leader

Credit: Thalie Photographe
Lukas Rowland is a writer, storyteller, and bodywork practitioner. He has told many stories with Confabulation, where he is producer and communications coordinator. He was selected for the QWF Mentorship Program in 2020, where he studied under Carousel author April Ford as a fiction mentee. He curated and produced an evening of queer stories for the Violet Hour. Though he has lived in and around Montreal these past 14 years, he comes from Southern Louisiana, where storytelling is part of every Cajun’s life. You can find him on Twitter @lukaslikeswords and on Instagram at @luka2ndfloor and at Emma Lanza is a born-and-bred Montrealer with a background in storytelling, theatre performance, and arts management. She earned her Master's degree in Library Science and currently works in medical research administration. A self-proclaimed fat bisexual babe, Emma is a staunch believer in fat liberation and radical self-love and she wants you to know you look fabulous in that outfit! She has performed at Confabulation, YARN, The Wiggle Room, Concordia University, and Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids. She founded the bi-monthly Fattie Book Club @fattiebookclub and can be found on Instagram @emma_lanza and on Twitter @emmalanza.


Please note that workshop registration is on a “first come, first served” basis.

Payment is required to confirm your place in the workshop. 

Payments are to be made online via credit card or PayPal. Click on the link below to add the workshop to your shopping cart, then proceed to payment. QWF Members must be logged in to receive their discount. If you are not already a QWF member, you will have the option of purchasing a Membership, in which case you will receive the discounted workshop rate.

If you are unable to pay online, you can temporarily reserve a place by registering online. Your payment must be made to the QWF office by cheque or cash within 7 days of registration or it will automatically be cancelled.

If the workshop is full, you will have the option of joining the waiting list. If a space becomes available, all those on the waiting list will be notified at once by email. The available spot will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

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