#CommunitiesCreate Archives

Journaling the Plague Year
June 29, 2020

Presented by the Okanagan Regional Library: This is a workshop which explores how the raw materials of journalling may be used in your later writing – both fiction or non-fiction – and which focuses on the key details to use. The presenters, Alix and Adam, are professional writers and will focus on specific aspects of writing techniques such as writing description and using detail optimally. 

Sense-ational Storytelling: Descriptive Writing for the Screen
June 22, 2020

Presented by the Toronto International Film Festival and the RTA School of Media: Take part in #CommunitiesCreate’s story development workshop with an emphasis on visual or multi-sensory storytelling where individuals will learn some basic tools for writing for the screen.

Creating a Web Series in Isolation
June 15, 2020

Presented by the Independent Web Creators of Canada and the Independent Production Fund: This participatory workshop will walk you through creating your own short web episode from home. We will explore character, story & format through the theme of “How are you feeling right now?”

Récit Numérique
June 8, 2020

Présenté par l’Office national du film du Canada: Comment vivez-vous la pandémie ? Partagez votre expérience au moyen du récit numérique ! Réalisez une courte histoire personnelle sur cellulaire ou tablette en assemblant photos, narration et éléments sonores. Les réalisateurs Paul Tom et Joannie Lafrenière vous enseigneront l’art de raconter des histoires et proposeront des applications faciles à utiliser.

Digital Storytelling
June 8, 2020

Presented by National Film Board of Canada: What has the pandemic been like for you? Share your experience with a digital story: a short personal account bringing together photos, narration and sound effects that’s created on your cell phone or tablet. Filmmaker Shiraz Janjua will walk you through the art of storytelling and suggest easy-to-use apps and programs.

Writing the Blues with Katie DuTemple
June 1, 2020

Presented by Artscape Daniels Launchpad: Participants will engage in an interactive, one-hour songwriting workshop focusing on the 12 bar blues and the theme of struggle. As a group, they will listen to music, learn a brief history of the blues, discuss emotions/situations relating to struggle, and write 12 bar blues lyrics all together, which the facilitator will sing. Open to musicians and non-musicians alike, the group is recommended and engaging for anyone curious about writing songs but doesn’t know where to start.

Learning the Basics

An introduction to songwriting: 



Chords and Scales

Notes in each chord: 

Chords and scales in the C 12 bar blues


Sample Blues

Audio Clip: 

Letting Go: A Singing Workshop for the Body and Mind
May 25, 2020

Presented by Humber College: Singer-songwriter, Lauren Dillen, will show you the physical and emotional aspects of singing. Learn about how the vulnerability that singing presents can connect your body and mind and help you let go.

Imrpov Workshop with Kevin Frank & Julie Dumais Osborne
May 19, 2020

Presented by The Second City: Learn how improv and humour can help you get through these times in a supportive, non-judgmental, and affirming environment. No prior improv experience necessary.

Collaborative Podcasting While Physical Distancing with Amanda Cupido
May 11, 2020

Presented by the Toronto Public Library: Share your personal story about the pandemic through the creation of a podcast mini series, with the guidance of TPL’s former Podcaster in Residence, Amanda Cupido. Open to participants of all ages and experiences levels! Use the chat to ask questions and the hashtag #CommunitiesCreate on social media to share your works in progress.

What we heard:

1. Slickly produced vignette: Envoy Office Hacks

https://envoy.com/blog/office-hack-4/  0:00 to 3:25

2. Soundscaping and narration: Meet the TPL Innovator in Residence



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3. Non-narrated: Ryerson Rewind


0:00 to 1:40

4. Creative/niche: Sleep With Me


5:50 to 6:41

5. Personal diary: Seneca Journalism

https://soundcloud.com/noah-van-halteren/vanhalteren-noah-jrn214scc-podcastfinalversion Start at 1 min and go until 2:00



Basic tools

Record with phone. Then convert audio to mp3 or wav https://online-audio-converter.com/

Upload to: https://soundcloud.com/

Phone interviews




Free: https://josephmcdade.com/music

Paid: https://audiojungle.net/




Social media


Connecting with me:



Photo Diary Workshop with Laurence Butet-Roch
May 4, 2020

Use still imagery to create a narrative about life in isolation. This workshop will give creators of all ages and experience tools to tell their own stories, without words.

Colour Theory

A classic: Interaction of Color by Josef Albers (book) 

Cultural history of colour: The Story of Colour: An Exploration of the Hidden Messages of the Spectrum by Gavin Evans (book) 

An introduction for photographer: 


For testing a colour palette:



Focus and Depth of Field

A good primer for smartphones: https://thesmartphonephotographer.com/how-smartphone-cameras-focus/

iPhone how-to: 


The Queen of Soft Portrait: Julia Margaret Cameron



Light and Shadow

A classic: Ansel Adams’ Zone System explained and translated for the digital world


The basics: understanding light:


A primer on how to use shadows creatively: https://expertphotography.com/shadow-photography-tips/


Instagram Inspiration

If you want to see more of my cat: @lbutetroch

Women photographers around the world: @wpthejournal




Fun Still lives 







#CommunitiesCreate Introduction
April 27, 2020

Inspired by the United Nation’s open call to creatives,  the #CommunitiesCreate initiative is an opportunity for Canadians of all ages to connect with each other — and with themselves — to find common ground, and most of all, to express themselves creatively.

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