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Once Upon a Time


Target Audience: Anglophone adults from across Quebec
Language: English
Duration of Activity: Two days of writing workshops

Blue Metropolis, in collaboration with the Quebec Writers’ Federation, presents Once Upon a Time, a project intended to foster an understanding of the contributions that Quebec Anglophones, as a linguistic minority, have made to the cultural diversity of this province and to showcase this rich heritage to the wider Canadian community.

The project invites Anglophone adults from across the province to explore their identity by writing their own original story. Participants will attend an intensive, community-based, 2-day workshop led by a professional storyteller and designed to help guide them through the process of developing, writing and performing their work. All stories will be published in an anthology to be launched at the 14th Blue Metropolis Literary festival in Montreal which takes place April 18 to 23, 2012. At this time, interested participants from each group will also have an opportunity to perform their work before a live audience, and attend the screening of a short documentary film featuring highlights of the evolving project.

The Once Upon a Time Anthology

To read some of the great stories by the participants from Knowlton, Montreal, St-Lambert, Wakefield and Quebec City, click here.

The end

Well, not quite. Blue Metropolis would like to thank its partners, Canadian Heritage and the Quebec Writers’ Federation without whom, the project would not have been possible.

Blue Metropolis would also like to thank the collaborators who brought the workshops into their communities: Kate Wisdom, Peter MacGibbon, Simon Jacobs, Josée Brabant and Mary Linard.

Finally, a very special thank you to the storytellers: Taylor Tower and Laura Teasdale, to the documentary producer Louise Abbott and to the project coordinator Carolyn Marie Souaid.