AT THE HEART OF THE MATTER:
Stories from our Pandemic World

Online digital storytelling workshop

Among all the challenges we have faced during these unprecedented times, many of us have experienced a profound sense of being disconnected from what we most value.
 
As we negotiate the transition from pandemic times to living-with-Covid, we look forward to renewing and strengthening our connections – with ourselves, with each other, and with the larger world. Perhaps the most effective resource we humans have to foster connection is stories - our own stories.

 

WORKSHOP CONTENT

In this workshop small groups of participants will:

  • Learn the components of effective storytelling through tutorials and screened examples

  • Explore first person stories in a story circle

  • Create 250 - 450 word story scripts and record them as voiceovers

  • Gather/create images  and music/sounds

  • Learn WeVideo video editing

  • Integrate voiceover, images and sound tracks into a video production with WeVideo

 

The workshop will end with a screening of participants’ stories.

 

The workshop process we follow is used internationally by health and social service providers,  educators, and oral history researchers, and by groups committed to building  safer, more just, and healthier communities.

KINDS OF STORIES

There are so many kinds of stories  we can tell about these pandemic times: stories from our everyday lives and stories from when our everyday lives become unrecognizable.

 

You can tell a story about: 

  • A loss you  have endured

  • Finding hope in the world

  • Mourning the loss of a loved one

  • Discovering places of  safety and comfort

  • A challenge you have faced

  • An unexpected experience  …..

 

There is no right or wrong story – only the story you want to tell and are ready to tell – here, now, in this circle of storytellers.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

This workshops is for anyone and everyone who believes in the power of stories to bring us closer to ourselves and to each other. It is for everyone who understands that we all have stories that are waiting to be told, and that the stories we tell from our own lives matter.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

  • Six 2-hour weekly sessions 

  • Up to 4 hours of one-on-one mentoring with facilitators

  • You can expect to spend approximately 24 hours, give or take, over the course of 6 weeks.This includes group and individual tutorials and independent work.

WORKSHOP SIZE:

We restrict the size of each workshop to 6 participants to ensure that each storyteller has the support they need to explore and craft their digital story to their own satisfaction.

REQUIREMENTS

You will need a computer (Mac, PC, Chromebook) with an internet connection and updated web browser.

 

You will be provided with your own WeVideo digital editing account during the course of the workshop.

TESTIMONIALS FROM ONLINE STORY WORKSHOPS

There is nothing like sharing personal intimate stories with others.  With Frances’s encouragement and direction, I found my true story!

Darlene Oldcorn, Lorette, MB.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email and instructions about how to prepare for the workshop and how to access WeVideo editing software.

 

NOTE: Subsidized spaces will be set aside for storytellers with limited income and without access to organizational subsidies.

NOTE:  If your organization has 4-6 individuals who would like to explore stories on this theme or on another theme of interest, we can deliver a customized workshop for you.

 

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

PREREQUISITES: None

LENGTH: 2 hours weekly plus 1- on -1 support

DATES: Thursdays  - Mar. 10, 17, 24, 31,  Apr. 7, & 21  

TIME: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Central Time)

LOCATION: Online via Zoom video conferencing

CAPACITY: 6

*TUITION: Reduced price - $300 + gst

* *Subsidies offered for storytellers with limited income and without access to organizational support.

Registration closes when spots are filled.