Winter-Spring News 2016

Written by Michelle Tocher.

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News Flash: "Soul Fish" Has Won An Accolade!

Soul Fish has won a prestigious Award of Recognition from The Accolade Global Film Competition! The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning an Accolade, Soul Fish joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar winning production of The Lady in Number Six by Malcolm Clarke, the very talented Dave Bossert of Disney for his short documentary, The Tunes Behind The Toons, Hollywood industry veteran Ron Howard for When You Find Me and Highwire Films Australia for their popular ABC TV series twentysomethingaccolade1

Rick Prickett, who chairs The Accolade Global Film Competition, had this to say about the latest winners: “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of the Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

On March 21, the Accolade team will be announcing the awards "live" on their website, through social media, and via a press release to their database of over 43,000 industry professionals as well as to additional media outlets, reaching a global audience.

Watch "Soul Fish" Here

Soul Fish is a mythic story about a puffer fish who goes off on a journey to find his soul. The ten-minute short is written and narrated by me, with FABULOUS illustrations by Richard Row and music by Greg Roberts. I hope you'll enjoy it! 

Want to read a little background on the story and what it has meant to me? Check out my February and March 2016 blogs!

(Because we're entering "Soul Fish" into festivals and contests, we have it temporarily password protected. But we won't prevent YOU from seeing it!  The password is: "famousfish!")

Upcoming Events

Storytelling Camp: April 6-8

In the new year I'll be delivering a keynote speech at the Storytelling Camp during the Storytelling Festival. The subject is DRAGONS. We'll hear what cancer-surviving dragon boaters have had to say about the role of the dragon in their lives. The keynote will be followed, a day later, by a workshop on the healing power of storytelling.

Tickets can be purchased here.

If you'd like to read about this topic, my book, How to Ride a Dragon: Women with Breast Cancer Tell Their Stories can be purchased here.

Threads: April 16-17

Once again I'll be holding this much-loved annual fairy tale weekend in conjunction with Storytelling Toronto.

fish queenA number of people have been asking, "What is the story that you've chosen this year?" Well, it seems to be the year of the FISH.

I have chosen a story called "The Girl-Fish," from the Orange Fairy Book. It comes from the Catalans, and it's about an unruly girl who gets turned into a fish. She sets off on a quest to return the crown to the Queen of the Fishes who has been consigned to the sea by a tyrannical giant. The story is full of transformations in the water and on the land, and will prompt us to explore themes such as: What is mutable and what is constant? What does it mean to reinstate the feminine principle?

Over the course of two days, we find our own "threads" in the fairy tale and present different perspectives in our own unique ways: which include storytelling, writing, song, dance, and ritual.

Registration can be purchased here.

Register soon as the events fill up very quickly!

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Interested in Fairy Tale and Golden Age Art?

I've been putting together a virtual art gallery of golden age art using pinterest. If you're inspired great art, come and visit. You can also start your own boards, and select the art from my board and other boards that inspires and supports your own creativity.

The Story Finder Keeps Getting Better and Better

There are now hundreds of illustrations and paintings in the Story Finder that are enriching the stories of the characters.

If you're looking for new fairy tales, or for inspiration, browse through the Story Finder until you settle on a character who intrigues you. Maybe even do an exercise. Find out what it is about that character that interests you.

Want to jump-start your journal writing? Do an exercise on a regular basis.

The Story Finder is free for everyone, and I'm constantly growing it. 

Want More Information?

If you'd like more information on WonderLit or the courses that are being offered, don't hesitate to contact me. You can also find my books, stories, and more videos on fairy tales on my main website,