Welcome to MTM & StoryCentre Canada’s new online digital storytelling workshop for youth: StoryJam!
For ages 11 – 14.
Story Jam is a creative adventure in telling a personal story. Digital stories are short multimedia videos illustrated with photos, video clips and other original artwork. Through this workshop you will learn how to edit video, and discover new ways to improve your photography and creative writing skills. You will have the opportunity to write, direct and illustrate a personal story of your choosing. You might want to tell a story about your family, your heritage, what you are most passionate about, or even your pet! Come with an idea and we will help you bring it to life.
To facilitate the creation of your story we will provide you with a cloud-based video editor and personalized instruction and support from two experienced StoryCentre Canada facilitators. You will get to share your story with your peers in the workshop and listen to their stories. This workshop will also be a place where you can e-meet young people from across Canada and beyond. Most of all, we hope you have fun and learn something new!
To view a variety of stories check out some Youth Stories from StoryCenter:
For one sample by a student 11 years old:
Sunday Paella by Kate https://www.wevideo.com/view/1701963581
- This workshop requires Internet Access as it will take place at the listed time and dates below via ZOOM. Submissions of written work & receiving of feedback will occur via email.
- Sessions of this workshop will not be recorded so please ensure you have a means of taking notes prepared.
- Laptop, Internet/WiFi Connection, Camera (Phone or other)
- Optional Materials: Art supplies of the student’s preference
- StoryCentre Canada will provide students access to a cloud-based video editor following registration prior to the start of the workshop.
About the Instructor
MIRIAM DAVIDSON is a highly experienced art educator, digital storytelling facilitator, and documentary photographer. Miriam earned a doctorate in Art Education at Concordia University, Montréal and spent many years teaching in universities in the US and Canada. Her photographic work, focused on the CNE and other Agricultural Fairs across Ontario, has been published and exhibited, and is included in archives and museum collections. Most recently, Miriam was Head of Art at Havergal College in Toronto from 2012-2020. Trained as a digital storytelling facilitator at StoryCenter US in Berkeley CA in 2010, Miriam has collaborated with Rani Sanderson to lead storytelling workshops in a variety of settings across Ontario. Together they have helped students ranging in age from 10-80 years old to tell their stories in moving and meaningful ways. Miriam is excited to bring her skills and experience to Max the Mutt and looks forward to helping you tell your unique story.
RANI SANDERSON has worked for over 15 years as a film programmer, video artist and VJ in many cities, countries, clubs, concerts, islands and festivals around the world. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University, where she concentrated on community arts and environmental education. Now she is a digital storytelling facilitator, running StoryCentre Canada and has collaborated on projects with Jane’s Walk, Luminato Arts & Culture Festival, Toronto Public Heath, University of Toronto, Volunteer Toronto, Planned Parenthood and Havergal College, among others.