School Programs

All programs are led by professional writers and/or visual artists. With the help of our brilliant volunteers, we strive to give students as close to one-on-one attention as possible. Longer programs result in a beautiful print or ebook celebrating student’s creativity.

All of our programs can be modified to suit student’s unique learning needs — just ask!

ONE-TIME WORKSHOPS

ArtMaker
Storytelling through visual art
Grades: 3–12
Duration: 1–2 hours
Description: Explore creative expression and visual communication with a professional artist!
Delivered online or in person


CharacterMaker
A fun exploration of character development
Grades: 1–5
Duration: 1–2 hours
Description: Students work in small groups to imagine and create unique characters with support from professional artists who bring them to life. This workshop is a good introduction to Story Planet, and to story creation.
Delivered online or in person


CreatureMaker
A movement-based storytelling workshop for young students
Grades: 1–2
Duration: 3 hours
Description: Students can explore stories through physical and imaginative play. Students create their own creatures and how to bring them to life through performance and movement and then create an accompanying description that is bound into a “creature pocket guide.”
Delivered in person


Story Planet Adventure Club
A fun, immersive role playing game
Grades: 3–5
Duration: 1–2 hours
Description: Inspired by tabletop role playing games, this workshop invites students to inhabit characters and move through a series of challenges using creative thinking and storytelling.
Delivered online


StoryMaker
A great introduction to story making
Grades: 3–8
Duration: 3 hours
Description: Students are 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.
Delivered in person


EXTENDED PROGRAMS

CityMaker
Envisioning a new city and what life is like for its inhabitants
Grades: 3-6
Duration: Four 1–2 hour sessions
Description: Students collaboratively imagine and create stories about a new city, the beings who inhabit it, and a historic event that impacts the city.
Delivered online or in person


ComicMaker
For students with an interest in drawing, comics, or graphic novels
Grades: 3–8
Duration: Three 1-hour sessions
Description: Beginner-focused and facilitated by a professional comic artist, students learn the basics of visual communication, and how to tell a story through pictures. Drawing and writing basics are covered, with an emphasis on empowering students to use these tools to tell their own stories.
Delivered online or in person


ScriptMaker and Young Playwrights Project
An interactive workshop that uses improvisation as a way into script-writing.
Grades: 7–12
Duration: Four 1-2 hour sessions
Description: Led by professional writers and actors, students are introduced to the fundamentals of improvisation, performance, script writing, and dialogue. Students will each receive an anthology of the scenes written collaboratively by the class.
Delivered in person


StoryVenture
An interactive storytelling program developed specifically for children with neurodiversities.
Grades: All
Duration: Four 1-hour sessions
Description: A high engagement, collaborative storytelling workshop series where Story Planet’s facilitators shape a narrative around students’ ideas. Students work together and make choices, eventually crafting a unique story that reflects their lived experiences.
Delivered Online or in person


Young Authors Project
An in-depth exploration of the story writing process.
Grades: 3–8
Duration: Four 1-2 hour sessions
Description: A deep-dive into the creative process, this series encourages students to engage more deeply with the tools and practices of writing. Brainstorming, plotting, descriptive language, and editing are all covered over the course of the workshop’s sessions, with an emphasis on process and taking time to hone creative writing skills.
Delivered online or in person


360° Stories
An in-depth exploration of the story writing process.
Grades: 3–5
Duration: Four 1-2 hour sessions
Description: Students gain an in-depth understanding of the creative process, engaging in every stage of writing, from brainstorming and freewriting to final editing. Emphasis is placed on using lived experiences as inspiration and exploring different forms of writing. Delivered and developed in partnership with The Reading Partnership, Scarborough Arts, and The City Of Toronto Arts Services.
Delivered online or in person