News in August 2014

Written by Michelle Tocher on .

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WonderLit Workshops to Begin in September 2014!

I am delighted to announce that I will be holding a series of WonderLit workshops in the fall. If you enjoy the lively exchange of a group, and you want some guidance as you move into a story, the sessions will provide a lively, supportive space for you. You'll also receive some direction for telling and publishing your material more widely.workshop

The sessions will be held at The Life Loft, 390 Dupont Street, Suite 201, a couple of blocks west of the Spadina-Dupont subway. For years, I have held workshops in this lovely space, and the acoustics are wonderful for singing, storytelling, and voice work.

We'll meet every other Sunday afternoon, from 1:30-4 pm, spaced between September 28 and December 14 for a total of six sessions.  (Note that you don't need to have settled on a story to explore until after the first workshop.) Here's what the sessions will look like:

September 28—Warming Up to WonderLit
October 12—Going to the Heart of Your Story
October 26—Mapping the Journey
November 9—Meeting Your Characters
November 30—Sharing Stories
December 14--Gateway to the Journey

The cost for the sessions is $320 (with your subscription. We'll drop it to $300 for early birds before August 22) Registration is easy--you can pay online. Also please note that the sessions are limited to 12 people.

NEW! Fairy Tale Writing for Everyone

Feel like doing some creative writing on the site? We welcome you to try out the new exercises on the Story Finder. Free Fall, Contrasts, and Word Gems will prompt you to interact with the compelling characters, words and images that you find in the Story Finder.mirror

The Story Finder is a great tool for reflection and daily writing, and it's constantly growing. It now contains over 600 characters' stories from six of Andrew Lang's colored fairy books, along with selections from Grimms and Andersen. The very short stories are told from different characters' perspectives, and are meant to stimulate reflection, writing, and storytelling.

For example, what do you think might be the story of the red shoes in The Snow Queen? What sort of role do shoes play in fairy tales? What about towers? Fish? Godfathers? Mirrors? The Story Finder invites you to explore the elements of fairy tales first-hand, by hearing from the characters themselves!

Don't Forget to Renew!

On October 31, 2014 the early adopter phase will end and the subscription rate will go to $90 for new subscribers (so, needless to say, now is a good time to subscribe!)

If you're an existing subscriber to WonderLit, you can renew your subscription anytime.  We'll tack on another year from the day that your subscription expires.

Early adopters who renew will get the early adopter rate, and all subscribers who renew will get a 20% discount on the subscription fee. Pretty nice deal, n'est-ce pas?

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Other Storytelling Events

If you're hesitating about actually telling your story to an audience, consider signing up for Storytelling Toronto's weekend, Storytelling I: First Steps Into the Art. With the supportive facilitation of master storyteller, Lynda Howes, you'll also develop listening skills, gain confidence, and learn how to give and receive feedback. (You might notice that the dates are tucked neatly between WonderLit sessions. We did so on purpose to give you added inspiration for sharing your material in the WonderLit course!)

The workshop takes place at the Lillian Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library, November 22 – 24, 2013 (Friday, 7 – 10pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm)

To register, visit Storytelling Toronto.

Want More Information?

If you'd like more information on WonderLit or the courses that are being offered, don't hesitate to contact me: Michelle Tocher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..