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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
• Finding & Telling Family Stories
• Threads of Our Voices
• Summer Intensive
• Storytelling I: First Steps Into the Art of Storytelling
• Telling Stories Bilingually
• Story, Image and Voice
• Storytelling II: Next Steps Into the Art of Storytelling
• Master Class
Up to 7 days prior to the 1st day of the course, one can receive a full refund. From 7 days up to the 1st day of the course, a 30% administrative fee will be withheld from the refund. Thereafter, one can submit a request for a partial refund.
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: North York Central Library, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, 5120 Yonge St
Teachers: Lynda Howes
If you wish to pay with a cheque, please make payable to: “Storytelling Toronto”
173 – 601 Christie Street
Toronto ON M6G 4C7
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)
Teacher: Marylyn Peringer
Fee: Early Bird $410 / $460 after June 19
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
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.
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
THREADS is an annual workshop series that invites participants to move into a fairy tale and find their own threads of personal meaning and story.
The theme of this year’s THREADS workshop is the VOICE – our singing voices and speaking voices. With H.C. Andersen’s story, “The Emperor and the Nightingale” as our inspiration, Michelle Tocher will guide us into an exploration of our voices. When were our voices silenced and how are we recovering our capacity to sing and speak authentically? The four sessions will culminate in sharing our stories in writing, story, and song. This workshop is for everyone who wants to better know the story of their voice and use it more expressively in story, sound, and song.
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
– Chinese Proverb
To sign up for this course, please send a letter of intent to: email@example.com
This course is currently in progress.
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
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
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
Interested in finding out more about our courses? Get in touch with us.
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.