Last spring, we also created an organizational story for New Westminster Ethnocultural Victim Services and a series of Stories in School workshops at Southridge School in Surrey, BC that led students through the superfast process of making stories in one hour!
To find out more about how we can help your organization tell its story, please get in touch with us!
I recently spoke at a conference of the Federation of Community Social Services of BC. Preparing for the event was a great chance to revisit some of the bigger ideas behind the work I do. It was a small but engaged crowd and the questions really got me thinking. In particular, one person asked what I thought were the values that an organization should hold in their storytelling work. One of the participants volunteered the word “respect” and I completely agree. Respect for the storyteller and the storytelling process. Honesty also came to mind – in the sense of being true to the authentic story rather than crafting a story around a preconceived idea, such as you might find in a pamphlet. And safety. The role of the organization in creating a safe place for the story and the storyteller. I’m sure there are more value words I could include in this list and I’m motivated to think a bit more about how organizations can approach storytelling in their work from a place of integrity. My thanks to the Federation for the opportunity to think and learn!
Hello! I’m back from maternity leave with one more child, a larger stroller, many many more toys strewn across the living room floor, and a new excitment for getting my oar back into the waters of storytelling.
To get started, I will be speaking about how organizations can use storytelling more effectively in a workshop called “Telling Our Stories” at the October General Meeting of the Federation of Community Social Services of BC. I’ve also begun a little side project in the form of a blog called A Seasonable Life. It’s where I share recipes, craft ideas, and general thoughts about trying to live a sustainable life in the city. A way to keep myself writing and telling my own stories. Come check it out!
I am also, of course, looking forward to developing new digital storytelling and writing workshops this year. And, as always, if you have an idea for a workshop you’d like to take or host, email me and tell me about it – I’m always up for new projects!
Hope you’re all enjoying these beautiful Autumn months and hope to see you soon.
In Golden Thread Stories workshops, students will produce a one to three minute digital story, using their own words and images. Storytellers will explore the creative process of story development, record their own first-person narratives, and learn how to combine images, voice and soundtrack into a completed digital story. All our workshops are designed for small groups of students and provide skilled facilitators to guide the process.
We have no upcoming workshops scheduled at this time. Check back soon, or email me for more information!
To kick off summer, we had a fantastic time at the Main Street Car Free Day! Our vintage typewriter drew attention from kids and adults alike, and there was more than one comment about the “old fashioned computer”. We collected a number of stories that day and will be posting them (along with the winner of our contest) soon, soon!
Also, I forgot to post this earlier, but I was featured this year as part of the Emily Carr Continuing Studies Poster Series featuring instructors in the program. Here’s what that looked like…
It was quite an honour…so, thank you Emily Carr Art + Design!
Golden Thread Stories is now on a bit of a break, due to an upcoming maternity leave. If you are interested in taking a workshop or learning more about digital storytelling though, please do get in touch and we’ll do our best to answer soon.
Thanks for checking in!
Golden Thread Stories will be holding down a table at the Main Street Car Free Day this year! Still deciding what fun thing we’ll be doing, but it’ll be something…plus we’ll be promoting our upcoming Prenatal Stories Workshop and unveiling our new banner too, designed by Darlene Tandon of Tandon Photography.
June 17th…bring your dads, fathers, papas, and pops…or take the kids and give the guys a break! Either way, hope to see you there!
New stories from Kitsilano Neighbourhood House! An amazing group of volunteers came together to tell their stories a few weeks ago. One had lots of computer experience, many had some, and many were just a little bit afraid of what we were about to do…but all created wonderful stories about their lives and what volunteering means to them. Hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed making them!