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"To Hear and Be Heard: Tales to Link Us All", Conference 2016



Taxes and Other Red Tape for Tellers, with George Opacic, Richmond B.C.

For those new to being a self-employed artist, and those who want to learn the latest changes to the CRA’s requirements for the “professional” category.

George teaches“Small Business Operations” at Langara College. He has given generously of his time and experience to the Federation of B.C. Writers, who have sponsored his workshop at our conference.

Moving Stories, with Sylvi Belleau, Montreal Quebec, and Rubena Sinha, Toronto Ontario

This workshop combines classical Indian dance and years of telling stories to help you enhance your tales with the wise use of gesture and movement.

Sylvi is the artistic director of Théâtre de la Source, which she founded in1985. She is an author, actor, teacher, storyteller and dancer of  classical Indian dance.                                

Rubena has been creating performances in Canada for over 30 years, primarily as Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Fusion Dance Theatre, Inc. Storytelling became her main focus when she moved east, incorporating movement and Hindu mythology.                     

Ateliers pour débutants (workshop is conducted in french, and an english version of this workshop is available on Saturday: Storytelling for Beginners), avec Clara Dugas, Timberlea Nouvelle Écosse; Une fière acadienne

Que vous soyez débutant ou non, Clara a des années d’expériences dans l’enseignement du conte.  Elle offre sa compétence et ses connaissances avec un bon sens d’humour.

Après 35 ans d'enseignement Clara est devenue conteuse bilingue. Ses années d'enseignement et  ses souvenirs d'enfance nourrissent ses histoires remplies d'authenticité et d'humour. En 2007 Clara a écrit une trousse pédagogique pour enseigner le conte dans les classes francophones de la Nouvelle Écosse.

Taking your Story to the Next Level, with Deb Williams, Vancouver B.C.

Up your Storytelling skills.Deb will share tips and tricks with you, from 30 years of personal storytelling, creating and performance, to make your stories just that much better.This inclusive and supportive workshop is focused on learning and growth.

Deb is an actress, writer, producer, storyteller and storytelling instructor. She is the co-creator/producer/host of The Flame, a sold out monthly storytelling event, weekly radio show and annual TV special. She is one of the creator/stars of the comedy Moms The Word, true stories enjoyed by 1.4 million people in 19 languages worldwide.


Folktales to Spark Reflection, with Faye Mogensen, Victoria B.C

Faye uses lens of traditional folktale to ignite explorations of our relationships with nature, with one another and with ourselves.

For over 20 years, Faye has been telling stories and leading storytelling workshops. Her first book, Ancient Stories for Modern Times: 50 Wisdom Tales for All Ages, will be released by Skinner House Press in June 2016.

Storytelling for Beginners, with Clara Dugas, Timberlea Nova Scotia and a proud Acadian

Whether you are a beginner or not, Clara has decades of skills and insights to hand on to you, usually gift-wrapped in laughter.

After teaching for 35 years, Clara became a bilingual storyteller.  Her years of teaching and childhood memories enrich her stories, always authentic and often filled with humour. In 2007 Clara wrote a teacher’s guide for storytelling in the French schools of Nova Scotia.

Live On Air, with David Merleau, Northern Ontario

The workshop will show participants how easy it can be to produce and host their own radio show on behalf of their local guild, and have it aired on SC-Radio-CC.  We will demystify the technical requirements, and explore the basics of radio production.

David is a performance storyteller and freelance radio producer.  He is the project manager of SC-Radio-CC, the online community radio station for the Storytellers of Canada.  

Is There a Problem Here? with Jennifer Ferris, Victoria B.C., Lizzy Karp, Vancouver B.C., Deb Williams, Vancouver B.C, and YOU!

A facilitated discussion around anything that bears on the Personal and true vs. the Traditional and “made up” story.  Are they really at odds with each other?  Are there similarities?  How can we support both? Join the conversation. 

Jennifer has told stories for 25 years in schools, at community events and at festivals. In addition to her personal stories, she tells tales of myth, magic and transformation, and teaches the art of storytelling.                                                     

Lizzy is one of the co-founders of Rain City Chronicles, a true tales series that pops up in  unusual venues each time and like the Flame, is always a sold-out event.                          

Deborah is an award-winning performer and writer, one of the creators of Mom’s the Word, and co-founder of The Flame in Vancouver and Victoria

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