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Telling Tales Literary Festival goes virtual

A tale never loses in the telling however it is told.

It’s the stories that connect us, as the Telling Tales Festival has shown. For the past 12 years, the Telling Tales Literary Festival has provided students and families an opportunity to connect with authors, illustrators and storytellers to celebrate the love of reading and the important role that books play in shaping our children’s future.

This year’s theme, “Stories Connect Us,” reminds us that a story is something to be shared, a companion when we are alone and a bond as we read together. Although we have been physically distancing, it doesn’t mean we can’t be taken away on a journey to far off lands, share a laugh or discover new loves.

As a result of physical distancing restrictions, Telling Tales has had to adapt to a new way of delivering these shared experiences so that authors and their stories can continue to inspire readers.

The Telling Tales website has been recently updated to reflect the growing demand for virtual delivery. The site features a number of resources, summer reading lists, contests and blogs to engage young minds.

This year’s festival will also be going online.

“In a normal year, I would be on stage surrounded by slides and dancing kids dressed up as fairies,” says Canadian author and Festival host Kevin Sylvester in this video introduction.

“2020 is a different kind of year so we, at Telling Tales, are going to bring the celebration to you.”

In the coming weeks, Telling Tales will be rolling out its Festival schedule. Please be sure to visit the website for updates as they become available.

Graphic Novel Workshops

Telling Tales is offering a number of interactive and informative online workshops to celebrate graphic novels. Posted on LMS on June 10, 11 and 12, the virtual events invite students, aged 8 to 14, to create their own graphic novel using practical tools and strategies provided by three of Canada’s leading author/illustrators.

Virtual events include:

June 10, 2020 – “Doodling, Noodling and Oodles of Comic Advice” presented by Kevin Sylvester

11:00-11:45 a.m.
Kevin will lead an interactive workshop on how to design your very own comic. He’ll start with character designs based on shapes, then head all the way to laying out a page of action. Watch as Kevin creates, doodle along and unleash your inner artist!

June 11, 2020 – “Knock Knock Jokes – Make Your Own Comic Strips” presented by Tory Woollcott
1:30-2:15 p.m.
Learn how to make your own comic strips with writer and cartoonist Tory Woollcott! Using knock-knock jokes as the base of a comic, Tory will lead you through laying out a comic and making your own characters to tell your own stories and jokes!

June 12, 2020 – “What’s Your Superpower: Make Your Own Avatar” presented by Sylv Chiang
11:00-11:45 a.m.
Discover the characters from the Cross Ups series and their superpowers. Then reflect on your passions and learn to recognize your own inner superpower. Participants are encouraged to create their own avatar!






Telling Tales Literary Festival goes virtual