Courses & Workshops

The purpose of Storytelling Toronto’s teaching program is to help all students, at whatever level of their storytelling experience, to achieve a deeper connection with the stories they tell and thus better communicate the stories to those who listen.

Foundational Courses: First Steps (Storytelling I) is typically the course most begin with, but Summer Intensive is also open to all levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans. Next Steps (Storytelling II) is open to those who wish to take their telling further, whether they have taken First Steps in the past, or have equivalent experience. We offer the Master Class  for advanced and professional-level storytellers.

We also offer a variety of themed courses, whether it is taking your story from a narrative to a script for a puppet show, shaping your family stories, to bilingual storytelling. Our non-foundational courses vary from year to year, so check back! Our newest addition is Story, Image and Voice instructed by Ruth Danziger.

In addition to our core and special courses, Storytelling Toronto also facilitates private courses and workshops tailored to client needs. If you are looking for a professional development workshop for teachers or librarians, or leadership development for corporate employees or interns, you have come to the right place. Send an e-mail to admin@storytellingtoronto.org to inquire.

** NB: Through the generous support of 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling, Storytelling I, Storytelling II, and Summer Intensive are eligible to be subsidized for one student per course through The 1001 New Storytellers Fund. Click here for application forms and further detail.

 

2018-2019 Storytelling Toronto Courses

All Levels:

• Finding and Telling Family Stories
• Threads of Melusine
• Summer Intensive

Beginner:

• Storytelling I: First Steps Into the Art of Storytelling

Intermediate:

• Telling Stories Bilingually
• Story, Image and Voice
• Storytelling II: Next Steps Into the Art of Storytelling

Advanced:

• Master Class

Keep scrolling to the drop-down menu below for more details and for registration – courses are arranged chronologically.

Storytelling I: FIRST STEPS INTO THE ART OF STORYTELLING (November 2018)

BEGINNER LEVEL

Do you love stories, but hesitate to tell them to others? Could you use some help in getting started within a warm and supportive environment? Then sign up for our weekend, Storytelling I: First Steps Into the Art. You’ll develop listening skills, gain confidence, learn how to give and receive feedback.

Dates: November 16, 2018
November 17 – 18, 2018
Times: 7:00 – 10:00pm (Nov 16)
10:00am – 4:30pm (Nov 17-18)
Venue: Lillian H. Smith Branch, Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street
Teachers: Lynda Howes and Marylyn Peringer
Fee: Early Bird $255 / After October 31 $305

Here is what former students have to say!

“I had hoped to find my inner courage and face my fear of speaking in front of a group. I believe I always knew I have the ability, and I wanted a safe and caring space to take the step to show myself I can do it!” —Maria Papadopolous

“I have an increased love of stories and a sense that I can be a storyteller.” — Gwen Stevenson

“We were gently but effectively led along our own storytelling journey in a way that made it truly meaningful.” — Jessica

“. . . my hopes were fulfilled and I’m able to take a little bit of everyone’s story away with me to create my own!” — Loen Hansford

“This has been very helpful in my growth as a storyteller, listener . . . as a teacher, facilitator, parent, grandparent . . .” — Dinny Biggs

Storytelling I | November 2018

If you wish to pay with a cheque, please make payable to: “Storytelling Toronto”
173 – 601 Christie Street
Toronto ON   M6G 4C7

MASTER CLASS (Nov/Dec 2018 & January 2019)

ADVANCED LEVEL

If you’re an experienced teller and wish to work on a particular storytelling project—shaping a memoir, crafting an original story, adapting a challenging folk tale—then Storytelling III: Master Class may be the place for you.  You’ll have a forum to present and re-present your work as well as critique the work of others in the group, all under the expert guidance of a storyteller and author.

Dates: November 8, 15, 21, 29, 2018
December 6, 2018
January 10, 17, 24, 31, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:30pm
Venue: Story Room Toronto
Teacher: Celia Lottridge
Fee: Early Bird $450 / After October 24 $500

This Class is Full.

STORY, IMAGE and VOICE (April 2019)

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Explore your voice through the rich archetypal imagery of the fairy tale. 
Using the personalities and imagery that populate a fairy tale as points of departure, participants will have a chance to learn a story and embody the characters, moods and objects within it. Vocal practices bring us into flow and an exploration of what the story means to you. We will create dialogues with elements of the story to uncover what is resonating for you, extend the story and distill it into its essence and gift to you.

Date: April 28, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Venue: Storytelling Toronto Office, Studio 173, 601 Christie Street
Teacher: Ruth Danziger
Fee: Early Bird $40 / After April 10 $90

Story, Image and Voice | April 2019

If you wish to pay with a cheque, please make payable to: “Storytelling Toronto”
173 – 601 Christie Street
Toronto ON   M6G 4C7

THREADS OF MELUSINE (Spring 2019)

ALL LEVELS

Who is Melusine?

Melusine is both a mythic and historical character in French legend. She is best known for her secret: that every Saturday, she had to disappear into the bath, where the lower part of her body took on the form of a serpent.

Meluine was a great queen and benefactress. Her mother was a “maiden of the wells,” a fairy from the “Lost Isles” of Avalon. Her father was a mortal king, the king of Albany, now Scotland. Melusine became entangled in mortal life, married, and had ten sons who were powerfully gifted and cursed. She was to have built many cities and abbeys, some of which still exist in France. The mythic queen left her physical imprint on the physical landscapes of France and Scotland, and her baffling story draws us back to early Christianity and the demonization of the enchantress.

Participants will be working with a text Michelle Tocher has carefully drawn from two stories, written in 1393 and 1401. The were both penned by storytellers who were attempting to tie royal families to the magical bloodline of Melusine.

In Threads of Melusine, Michelle will be inviting participants to find and follow their own thread in the story. Participants might find it in a character, in history, or in related myths. Through different and self-directed paths of inquiry, all will explore the many dimensions of Melusine and the possibility of bringing her forth in performance.

Dates: April 28, May 5, 19, June 2, 9 2019
Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Venue: Private home
Teacher: Michelle Tocher
Fee: Early Bird $250 / After April 10 $300

Please contact the office to register for this course: admin@storytellingtoronto.org or 416-656-2445

If you wish to pay with a cheque, please make payable to: “Storytelling Toronto”
173 – 601 Christie Street
Toronto ON   M6G 4C7

Storytelling II: NEXT STEPS (May 2019)

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

If you’ve already taken a beginner’s storytelling course *, and would like to widen your repertoire, develop your confidence, and have more opportunities for telling, Storytelling II: Next Steps is for you.

PRE-REQUISITE: Storytelling I: First Steps Into the Art of Storytelling OR equivalent experience

Dates: May 10 – 12, 2019
Times: 7:00 – 10 pm (May 10)
10am-4:30pm (May 11 + 12)
Venue: Lillian H. Smith Branch, Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street
Teachers: Lynda Howes
Fee: Early Bird $255 / After April 17 $305

Storytelling II: Next Steps | May 2019

If you wish to pay with a cheque, please make payable to: “Storytelling Toronto”
173 – 601 Christie Street
Toronto ON   M6G 4C7

SUMMER INTENSIVE (July 2019)

ALL LEVELS

There are more opportunities for telling and for listening in this four-day course, open to both beginner and veteran storytellers. Some time will be devoted to personal stories, but the course focuses on the folktale as the model for all kinds of storytelling.  Each participant will choose a story from material supplied by the instructor and then learn (not memorize) it through a series of enjoyable, non-stressful activities, often with partners, designed to deepen the teller’s connection with the story. On the last day of the course, all participants tell their stories to the group and receive helpful feedback from the group and the instructor.

As part of the course, registrants visit the special folk and fairy tale collections at the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library, attend the 1,001 Friday Nights of Storytelling, and enjoy a social event to meet other members of the Toronto storytelling community.

Dates: July 11 – 14, 2018
Times: 10:00am-4:30pm (July 11 – 13)
1:00 – 5:00pm (July 14)
Venue: St. George the Martyr, 197 John Street
Teacher: Marylyn Peringer
Fee: Early Bird $410 / $460 after June 19

Summer Intensive | July 2019

If you wish to pay with a cheque, please make payable to: “Storytelling Toronto”
173 – 601 Christie Street
Toronto ON   M6G 4C7

TELLING STORIES BILINGUALLY (October 2018)

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Telling bilingually can spice up a story, may be helpful in second-language learning, and will add authenticity to tales from a particular culture. If you are functionally fluent in a language other than English, you’re welcome to join us in this hands-on course. And you’ll have fun!

Dates: October 13 & October 20, 2018
Time: 1:30 – 4:00pm
Venue: Storytelling Toronto Office, Studio 173, 601 Christie Street
Facilitator: Marylyn Peringer
Fee: Early Bird $65 / After September 26 $115

Course cancelled.

FINDING & TELLING FAMILY STORIES (October 2018)

ALL LEVELS

Family stories include accounts of events in the teller’s own life, stories handed down within the family and stories of family history discovered through research. During this course participants will discuss the stories they wish to tell, experience the process of shaping a story so that it will connect with an audience and will have a chance to tell it.

Dates: October 27, 2018
October 28, 2018
Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm (Oct 27)
12:00 – 4:00pm (Oct 28)
Venue: CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst Street
Teacher: Celia Lottridge
Fee: Early Bird $180 / After October 10 $230

Course cancelled.

Here is what some past participants have to say about some of our courses:

It helped me to focus more on the characters and the descriptions of the scenes. The practices piece with a partner were invaluable. As my story’s language was challenging, I learned to change my energy which is difficult at most times. Thank you for all of your feedback and ideas. I’ll be back for Next Steps (Storytelling II). –Kathleen Smyth, on First Steps (Storytelling I)

I feel I know so much more about how to tell a story, the importance of the use of specific language in telling folk tales, and especially the importance of relaying the story from one’s heart. The exercises we did were very helpful in this regard. Marylyn and Lynda you are the heart of this class, and I thank you for all that you have given to us. You import more than knowledge. Thank you. –Susan Hartman

I really enjoyed what we learned, which was more focused on the “telling” aspect, and I’ll try and incorporate this into my telling and communications moving forward. Thank you so much for everything! –Neal Khosla

I felt like I got more from the course than I was expecting. Lynda and Marylyn gave us the tools and exercises to connect and become a story in a way that allowed me to learn how to tell the story more from my heart than my head. Thanks! –Camlin Vinayagamoorthy (TPL)

It was wonderful. Thank you so much. Visualization was excellent. I loved the last day hearing the stories and the feedback for all. –Dorothy Denton

 


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Cancellation Policy

Please note that the deadline for cancellations is two weeks prior to the course date.  Cancellations received after this deadline will be subject to a cancellation charge of 50% of the course fee.  In the event that the course is cancelled by Storytelling Toronto, you will receive a full refund.