News Winter-Spring 2019

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The History of My Voice

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One thing the WonderLit method has really helped me with is my voice. You wouldn't think that a fairy tale could have an effect on your voice. But writers have voices, our characters have voices, and we have a voice when we tell our stories.

Recently I've been exploring Hans Christian Andersen's tale, The Emperor and the Nightingale and it has culminated in presenting "The History of My Voice." It's my own story, woven with the fairy tale, about how my singing voice became silent over the years. Like the nightingale, I used to sing with absolute freedom, but experiences of competition, performance anxiety and cultural norms sent my voice flying frenetically out the window. 

If you're interested in hearing me tell "The History of My Voice," you're welcome to come to the Gladstone Hotel on March 3, 2019. I'm doing a short version of what I shared at the Health and Spirituality Network meeting in January. The Gladstone telling is part of the annual Toronto Storytelling Festival. You can get more information here about all the wonderful tellers who will be presenting at the Gladstone that weekend!

Sir Viss: A Film Review


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Our film "Sir Viss" has just had a great review!

"Sir Viss is an unexpected modern allegory. Michelle Tocher created and tells the story of Sir Viss through the spoken word accompanied by drawn colored pictures. The interesting presentation feels like a video audio “book.” What seems a simple story weaves complex themes of artificial intelligence, social conventions, social status, service, freedom, isolation, and loneliness. The story is so rich and Ms. Tocher’s interpretation so good, that it feels as though we are watching an animated film even though the images are still. Even after the short is finished, one keeps thinking about the story and the ramifications of Popeye’s creation."

- Beth Steele Radiseck, Special Programs Director, Cleveland International Film Festival

You can see the 16 minute film here

Breaking Spells: A Powerful Interview Series

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If you're interested in the subject of spells and their relevance to real life, check out the spring 2017 issue of the Immanence Journal. In the three programs, interviewer Hannah Custis and I discuss three questions. What can fairy tales can tell us about how we come under spells in life? How do we become aware that we're under one? And how are spells broken?

To view the first program, click here.

To see programs 2 and 3, please subscribe to Immanence. The Journal is now free of charge and gives you access to interviews, poetry, art, and jargon-free articles that demonstrate the power of myth in life.

WonderLit Coaching Opportunities

Some people who are working on WonderLit really appreciate having a coach. If you want a little extra motivation, and the opportunity to share your work and talk about where you are on your journey, consider arranging a coaching session with me. My hourly rate is reduced for my wonderFULL subscribers! For more information, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

My Blog: Bringing Fairy Tales to Lifereading for web

I've had a blog for some time now and I just love posting articles, original stories (sometimes even unpublished ones!) monologues, cartoons, and audio performances. 

Please note that we’ve just moved my blog to www.michelletocher.com where it has a beautiful new home. Please consider subscribing and participating in the conversation!

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Check Out Storytelling Toronto

Storytelling Toronto is a lively community of storytellers who have a depth of knowledge and experience in storytelling. In addition to holding an annual spring Festival, Storytelling Toronto offers regular storytelling events and a banquet of courses for anyone interested in telling stories. For more information, click here.

Want to Know More?

If you'd like more information on WonderLit or the courses I offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. You can dig deeper into my books and methods by going to my main website. www