Literary Arts

Interactive Workshops

Maximum 15-30 students (depending on the workshop)
One 45 minute session   $140 + HST
Two 45 minutes sessions  $280 + HST

Jamaal and mic.jpg  Just Jamaal the Poet

Songwriters Unite!  Grades: 4 - 12/sec V   Book Now
In this outcome-based song writing workshop, participants will learn the framework that songwriters use to create lyrics for a song. Students will explore song themes, melody creation, song writing structures and language selection that they will use to create songs of their own. From exploration to development to presentation, this workshop invites students to find their muse, write it out in a song and share their lyrics! Maximum: 30 students

3, 2, 1, Speak! Grades 4-12/Sec V Book Now
Jamaal will challenge students to channel their inner poet by engaging them in activities that require individual and collaborative efforts. He will demonstrate how the world is a vast poem and by understanding simple poetic devices, students can find their own voice and appreciate the value of literary and oral expression. Maximum: 30 Students


Curriculum Links  Explores thematic use of language as a portal to public speaking; Supports literacy  by exploring language devices such as pattern, rhyme, figurative speech and syllabic metre; explores traditional and contemporary functions of melodic language for effective song creation and rhythmic storytelling.

ALewis_2.jpg Amanda West Lewis

Young Poets Workshop  Grades: 2 - 12/sec V  Book Now
Poetry encourages you to play. In your writing playground are words, thoughts, images and emotions. This workshop will dive into that playground to use writing prompts, vocal games, creative drama and readings to create individual and group poems. Maximum: 15 students

Starting with Pictures: Writing Original Characters    Grades: 5 - 12/sec V  Book Now
A picture can tell you a lot about a person. But it’s the writer who discovers who that person is and how they fit into a story. This workshop will use photographs and pictures to get participants creating characters. Those characters will then lead us into unique, vibrant and unexpected places. We’ll let the characters take charge as we develop scenes, scenarios and stories.  Maximum: 15 Students

Conflict from Both Sides  Grades: 5 - 12/sec V   (Author Reading)  Book Now
In this workshop, author Amanda Lewis talks about the story behind the story of her novels September 17 and The Pact. Amanda will show photographs to illustrate the lives of the real children who inspired the stories told in her books. The focus is on an empathetic understanding of World War 2 from a child’s perspective. There will also be an open discussion about the writing and research process. A brief reading will be included, and students are welcome to come with questions. Maximum: 30 students

Curriculum Links   Listen to an author presentation based on World War II; use elements of story and poetry writing; cross-curricular link to visual arts.

Eleanor for web.jpg  Eleanor Crowder

Wild Words  Grades: 4 - 8 / Sec II   Book Now
Join playwright and poet Eleanor Crowder in an integrated arts workshop that explores imagination beyond limits. Students will create an illustration and a poem inspired by personal stories and memories. Each person will need 3 pieces of paper, a dark pen or pencil, two colours of crayons, watercolours, or acrylic paints (dark and light).  A notebook or jotter will also be useful. Maximum: 30 participants

Curriculum Links 
Ability to use language and images in rich and varied forms and think critically about ideas; Understanding of all elements of design: line, shape, form, space, colour, texture, and value; Capacity to think imaginatively and analytically, and to communicate thoughts and ideas effectively; Foster students' communication skills.

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Traditional Storytelling   Grades: 3 - 8 / Sec II     Book Now
Since the dawn of time, storytelling has been an ancient art form of conveying crucial information from generation to generation, helping communities to grow and helping children to engage with their creativity and imagination. This two-hour workshop focuses on engaging student’s imagination with theatrical games and voice exercises. Participants will learn the art of retelling stories from the motherland. Maximum: 30 students
One workshop of 45 minutes $140 + HST

Curriculum links:
Explore aspects of African culture; active listening skills; empathy; plot, character, rhythm, story structure, and narrative arc; cultural inclusion; myth and legend; non-verbal communication, mime, gesture, oral language and storytelling.

Online Performances

Jennifer Cayley for web.jpg  Jennifer Cayley

Out of the Everywhere:  Stories For Now, From Once Upon A Time
Grades: K - 12/sec V    Book Now
Open up a rich, diverse world of adventure and imagination for your students. Traditional storytelling is the most ancient and - oh so contemporary - of learning strategies. It encourages empathy, self-reflection, inter-cultural respect, language development, active listening and … is just plain fun. This rich world heritage of narrative is still deeply imbedded in popular culture and contains stories to engage students of all ages. There are simple interactive tales for the very young, wonder tales shining with vivid imagery for middle grades and the grandeur of the world’s great epics for older students. 
Maximum: 100 students

One 45 minutes session
(Includes Q&A)  $140 + HST

Curriculum Links Making connections between narrative elements and the natural world; Interdependence of social, economic and natural systems; consequences of interactions between human and natural systems; stewardship: active listening skills; empathy; plot, character, story structure, and narrative arc; cultural inclusion; myth and legend; non-verbal communication, oral language and storytelling.

Jamaal and mic.jpg  Just Jamaal the Poet

Polyphonic Poetry Grades: 4 - 12/sec V   Book Now

Using theatre, song, rhyme, free verse and storytelling, Jamaal’s presentations will weave fantasy and reality into a poetry experience that will leave students questioning worldviews while inspiring them to explore the urban art of spoken word poetry. Maximum: 100 students
One 45 minutes session  $140 + HST

The Songwriter's Sauce Grades: 4 - 12/sec V   Book Now
​In this interactive performance, participants are treated to an engaging presentation where Jamaal shares his serets to writing a song while creating a live song in collaboration with the audience. Students will learn the basics of songwriting structure, language selection and melody production while discovering what makes the lyrics of a song memorable and infectious!  Maximum: 100 students
One 45 minutes session  $140 + HST


Curriculum Links 
Explores thematic use of language as a portal to public speaking; supports literacy  by exploring language devices such as pattern, rhyme, figurative speech and syllabic metre; explores traditional and contemporary functions of melodic language. 

Jacqui Du Toit for web.jpg  Jacqui Du Toit

Stories from the Mother Lands   Grades: 4 - 12/sec V    Book Now 
Jacqui Du Toit shares contemporary, historical, and traditional stories from Southern Africa in a vibrant performance accompanied by a live drummer. Stories of Nelson Mandela, tales from Zimbabwe, traditional Zulu stories, fables of Anansi, and Jacqui’s own journey to Canada today all form part of the fabric that she weaves from the oral tradition. maximum: 100 students
One 45 minutes performance: $140 + HST

Curriculum links:
Explore aspects of African culture; active listening skills; empathy; plot, character, rhythm, story structure, and narrative arc; cultural inclusion; myth and legend; non-verbal communication, mime, gesture, oral language and storytelling.