I teach classes and workshops for children, youth and adults in writing, theatre and calligraphy. A member of The Writer's Union of Canada, I can be booked for readings and workshops in schools and libraries. Here are a few of my current workshops and presentations.
Presentations and Workshops
For children, youth and adults.
These are samples of current offerings. I am happy to work with you to tailor a workshop or presentation to the needs of your group
“War From Two Sides” tells the story behind the story, revealing the true events and people that inspired the novels September 17 and The Pact. Slides show the children from England and Germany that are represented in the books, illustrating the challenges faced during wartime. The focus is on an empathetic understanding of World War 2 from a child’s perspective view. Topic discussed include propaganda, indoctrination, racism, and survival. Readings from both books are followed by a Q & A.
“Jazz and The Tempest” explores the creation of a novel in verse and prose. Manuscript examples explore how sound and rhythm can reflect character and pace. Slides show historical influences and aid a discussion on research. A reading from a work-in-progress, These Are Not the Words, is followed by a Q & A.
“The Look and Sound of Words”: Working with sound and visual clues, and drawing on aspects of theatre improvisation, writing games and exercises move participants into character creation, point of view and dialogue. The workshop focuses on playing with words as the basic building blocks of writing.
“Illuminated Letters”: The workshop starts with writing exercises to create simple poems based on participants’ names. Participants are then shown how to draw Versal letters in the style of 15th Century Books of Hours. Small accordion fold books are created using the poems as text, starting each with an illuminated letter. The workshop helps to develop a love and passion for letters, combining writing skills with artwork.
“The Story Behind the Picture”: A picture can tell you a lot about a person. But it’s the writer who discovers who that person is and how they fit into a story. This workshop will use photographs and pictures to get participants creating characters and inventing unique and vibrant stories.
Photo: Martin Lipman