Storytellers’ Circle is a seven-week writing workshop dedicated to the process of finding your creative voice and writing your own stories.
Whether you’re interested in writing a memoir or putting a creative spin on your family history — this workshop will equip you the tools and confidence to tap into your inner writer. We will explore different forms of storytelling, dynamic writing exercises, and hear practical wisdom from guest speakers.
The final half hour of each weekly meeting will be dedicated to individual writing time. Participants will be invited to share their work with fellow participants.
Our group of eight participants will gather via Zoom weekly on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00pm-3:30pm facilitated by TIP staff Sophia Fabiilli (Associate Artistic Director) and Sarah Dennison (Education Coordinator).
No previous experience is required — all levels welcome! This workshop is about the creative process and building a collaborative and supportive environment, not the final product. All you need is enthusiasm, creativity, and a reliable internet connection.
The workshops will run every Tuesday from January 5 to February 16 from 2:00-3:30pm on Zoom. Space is limited to eight participants.
Price for the Storytellers’ Circle is $220+HST and includes a copy of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. The Playhouse proudly shops local and purchased copies from Beggars’s Banquet Books.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT
Storytellers’ Circle is currently SOLD OUT.
Week 1: January 5: Warm Welcome
We’ll launch the workshop with warm introductions, an overview of workshop goals, and a lively conversation about the storytellers we admire and why.
Week 2: January 12: Creative Workout
Sharpen your pencils! This week, Sarah and Sophia will lead you through a wide array of writing strategies and exercises designed to explore how to use the five senses to crack open your creativity, recall memories, and tell stories with vivid specificity.
Week 3: January 19: Your Adventure, Your Voice
This week, we will focus on archiving an important adventure in your life from your unique perspective. We will also explore the art of giving thoughtful, constructive feedback.
Week 4: January 26: Saying A Lot with a Little
Facilitated by award-winning poet and author Sarah Tsiang, this week we will delve into how poetry (imagery, metaphor, and writing with economy) can make your writing shine.
Week 5: February 2: Exercising Your Artistic License
This week, we will focus on scribing a story from your family’s archive — such as a favourite childhood memory or a family myth that incorporates fact and fiction.
Week 6: February 9: Revisions and Revelations
This week will focus on strategies to revise your work with precision and grace. We will challenge ourselves to dig deeper to discover new revelations and detail.
Week 7: February 16: Celebrating the Journey
In our last meeting, participants will choose a piece of writing to share and celebrate all we’ve accomplished together.