News Summer 2018

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Crossing Thresholds in Peterborough

In early July, I was joined by Mark Jenkins to give a day-long workshop called THRESHOLDS at the Storytellers of Canada (Conteurs du Canada) conference. The participants were group of wonderful storytellers who each brought a story to explore. We looked at the "departure" and the "return" thresholds of our characters, and shone a spotlight into our own life stories.

I've posted a WonderLit blog "Speaking with Hansel and Gretel" that illustrates some of the richness that Mark and I found from our own threshold exploration.

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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


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

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My Blog: Bringing Fairy Tales to Lifereading for web

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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.

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