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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.