New In January 2014

Written by Michelle Tocher on .

Welcome, Andy Frank!

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I am so pleased to announce that Andy Frank is joining the WonderLit team this month! Andy is a huge supporter of the arts community, and a talented broadcaster, so I am thrilled that he has accepted my invitation to become Facilitator of Community Development.

In January, Andy will sending a letter to existing subscribers to ask about their WonderLit experience. We'd like to know how our writers are using the site, how they are doing in the program, and how they might wish to be supported in the future. Andy is also going to be conducting some community outreach, using tools like Twitter to bring awareness to the magic of fairytales and inspire newcomers to explore WonderLit.

If you're new to the site, or you've just subscribed, Andy will be your host at the door of the WonderLit program. He's had his own deep and personal experience with the material, and so he will be able to help you ease into the program and answer any general questions you may have.

And While We're Talking About the WonderLit Team...

Gilles Gagnon is our Facilitator of Technical Support. Gilles is the talented creator of the WonderLit website and he's here in case you need any technical support. Gilles has a background in computer science and has been involved in web development since 1995, so (unlike me!) he's not daunted by technical issues. He has recently installed a truly easy "how to" video in the Forum that will make it easy for writers to put in their avatar pictures. If you have any technical questions you can easily reach Gilles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for Stories? Stay Tuned

The elves are working really hard right now in the WonderLit workshop to support people who are new to fairy tales. A lot of us don't really know these stories, apart from the classics, or the ones that get circulated in cartoons and Disney movies. In order to help people explore the enchanted realm of faerie and find their way to stories, characters, places, and symbols that resonate, I am working on something called The Story Finder. It will be available soon. Stay tuned!

Upcoming Events

Threads

Join us for a storytelling weekend at the Textile Museum!

On April 12-13, 2014, I'll be holding a weekend workshop that will give you a chance to dive into a single fairy tale. We'll pull threads from the story and see what they mean to us, and how we associate them with vital threads of life.

I'll be offering this workshop in collaboration with Storytelling Toronto, so you can register by going to their website. http://www.storytellingtoronto.org/site/in-depth-exploration-of-a-fairy-tale/ We had a wonderful experience doing the workshop last year, and the Textile Museum was a perfect venue. Register soon, because space is limited!

Other Courses

If you're interested in telling your story to an audience or further explorations of storytelling, check out the veritable feast of courses and events that are being offered by Storytelling Toronto. (www.storytellingtoronto.org)

Blog

Please check out my latest blog, Letters from Home. I'm writing about the power of symbols in fairy tales, and how the stories' magnetic images can inform our writing and our lives.