Alpha Workshops: Bringing Stories to Life Through Collaboration

Every Friday at Story Planet, a new class of fearless writers embark on a collaborative storytelling  journey.  

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Our two-hour Alpha workshops are an exercise in communication and spontaneity. Students are invited to open their minds and brainstorm together as they craft one story. The collaboration doesn’t end here—once the story has been realized, talented illustrators such as Eric Kim and Callen Schaub help bring the tale to life by illustrating the kids’ ideas. The final destination of each student’s journey depends on their own unique voice, as endings are written individually. Every writer’s tale (complete with illustrations) is bound into a book to take home.


Recently, we’ve seen quite a few groups of creative intergalactic travelers take part in our Alpha workshops. St. Anthony’s grade 6 class wrote the story of Iron Bob, a thick-skinned fish with a bully on his tail. St. Anthony’s grade 5 writers took us to the world of Ying Yang, a land of light and dark, (and rather useful robot farts). Ogden Junior’s 4’s and 5’s introduced us to Bunny Boy, a bunny who dons a classy suit, even while he’s on the run from a nasty gang of cats. Brock Public’s grade seven class wrote about Buklao, the cloud-fighting clown with a catch phrase to match: “Sorry to rain on your parade”.  The stories continue every week, here at the Story Planet. Stay tuned for more great work from our Alphas!

Jackie Kriekle

Jackie is an unstoppable volunteer coordinating force!

Since joining us in October, Jackie has welcomed almost 100 new volunteers as our volunteer Volunteer Coordinator. She has a knack for helping volunteers find their place at Story Planet and has helped us get organized as our charity grows.

Jackie has tackled many a project during her time here, including creating a brand new volunteer database from nothing but intergalactic scraps and a dream for a more organized tomorrow.

March is Jackie’s last month with us as our volunteer Volunteer Coordinator and we already miss her terribly.  During her time at Story Planet, she has made everything a little better and a lot more fun.

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Alright Jackie, it is time for the lightning round – tell us your five favourites!

1. Favourite planet to live (other than Earth):

“Saturn – I like the rings.”

2. Favourite book or the last great one you read:

The Hare with Amber Eyes, Edmund de Waal

3. Favourite artist/s:

“I’m not good at favourites, but Giorgio de Chirico”

4. Favourite thing to do on Earth:

“Being silly with my nephews.”

5. Best Earth food:

“The smell of melted cheese, because I can’t eat it…my mouth is watering just thinking about it!”

Thanks so much and good luck Jackie, we’ll miss you!

Thanks so much to Midoco for sponsoring Story Planet’s Featured Explorer.

Check out Midoco Art & Office Supplies for your one-stop-shop for creative expression.  Established in 1977, they now have two destination outlets in the Annex and the Beaches

Patrick de Belen


At Story Planet, we are fortunate to work with people who are not just super talented, but who have a big and open heart. Patrick is one of those people. As a spoken word artist, he is currently inspiring young people here at SP to dig deep – in a safe environment infused with his warmth and humour – to find the poet inside of them.  Follow Patrick here and click on the video on our home page to get inspired yourself!

Thursday Writers!

Our incredible group of Thursday Writers have been busy creating collective stories and fake advertisements.  They are working to produce a completely student-run zine – check back soon for a sneak peak at their final publication!

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