1) Classic StoryMaker – A great introduction to Story Planet workshops!
Target Audience: Grades 4 – 6.
Time commitment: 3 hours. Full morning or afternoon session.
This workshop inspires young people to imagine, write and illustrate a unique story. Working collaboratively with professional writers, artists and volunteers, students are creatively engaged in developing characters and settings to create an original story. The artist brings the story to life visually. At the crisis point of the story, each child writes and illustrates their own ending. Story Planet then publishes a book of each child’s work for them to keep!
2) CreatureMaker – Movement-based storytelling workshop for young students.
Target Audience: Grades K – 3.
Time commitment: 1 – 3 hours. Workshop length varies, depending on age group.
This is our theatre-based workshop for kids, where students can explore stories through embodiment and imaginative play. Students create their own creatures and bring them to life through performance and physical movement. Students then explore character and personality, creating a unique creature and world for it to live in. Students’ work is bound into books for them to keep!
3) Extended StoryMaker – Building on the Classic StoryMaker, this workshop allows students to dig deeper into the story making process.
Target Audience:Grades 4 and up
Time commitment: 6 – 9 hours. This can be broken up into 2 or 3 sessions, at the discretion of the teacher.
In these longer-term workshops, we work with one class on a story. We design these workshops with the teacher so that the learning experiences build on classroom objectives and curricular connections. This extended workshop allows for students to hone their creative writing skills, edit their stories, illustrate them, and create a finished story that they can truly feel proud of.
4) ComicMaker – For older students that have an inclination toward drawing and an interest in comic books or graphic novels.
Target Audience: Grades 5 and up
Time commitment: 6 hours. This workshop requires a full-day commitment or can be broken into 2 half-day sessions.
A workshop focused on drawing, writing, and sharing our stories through the medium of comics. Beginner-focused and facilitated by a professional comic artist, participants learn the basics of writing a story as a sequence, and how to turn that sequence into a comics page. Participants then design a character as a group, and create comics of their own based around this collective character. Drawing and writing basics are covered, with an emphasis on empowering participants to use these tools to tell their own stories. Workshop participants emerge with their own comic strips, as well as copies of a class comics anthology with a professionally drawn cover.
5) ScriptMaker – A fun and interactive workshop that uses improvisation as a tool for script-writing and story writing.
Target Audience: Grades 7 – 12.
Time commitment: 3 hours
From a class, two ‘volunteer’ students are given an inciting ‘situation’. They are asked to improvise a short, predetermined scene while a typist documents their witty repartee. The class as a whole then starts to fill in the missing details of the story – who are the characters? Where are they? When is this taking place? Once the scene is complete, each student can write a continuation of the scene, a preceding scene, or a following scene. This workshop focuses on dialogue as a form for story and students will each receive an anthology of the scenes written by the class.
6) Alien Has Landed
Target Audience: Grades 1 – 5.
Time commitment: Full day
Story Planet “crash lands” an alien spaceship on the school grounds, and the “alien” leaves behind various clues that students interpret. The whole school visits the crash site to investigate the scene. The students use their imagination to figure out what happened and why the alien landed at their school. Story Planet provides creative workbooks that stimulate the students’ imaginations and help them write and draw stories about the alien. Schools can identify a specific class that would benefit from an in-class workshop to further engage their imaginations and build on their literacy skills.