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Digital Storytelling Workshop

Upstream is excited to host Community Works for a Digital Storytelling Workshop.

During this 3-day workshop, participants take part in a group storytelling process as well as working individually to create a first person narrative in a 3-5 minute video. The workshop concludes with a group screening of the completed stories.


  • Slowing things down so that we can listen deeply to ourselves and to other storytellers in the safety of a storytelling circle;
  • Finding the story we are carrying that is waiting to be told and that we are ready to tell;
  • Discovering the meaning of the story, and finding its heart – its emotional centre;
  • Adding layers of meaning to our first person narrative through the use of images, music, and sound;
  • Combining the different media streams into a creative integrated video;
  • Deciding who to share our digital stories with and how.

Participants learn how to use digital multimedia tools. However the workshop process is more closely linked to the oral storytelling tradition and to participatory education than to digital communication.


  • A lifetime of experiences and stories
  • A listening ear and curious heart
  • A wish, a dream, an ache, a yearning
  • Apple laptop computer not more than 4-5 years old, with at least 4 GB of memory. (Please contact hosts if this is a barrier)
  • Participants will receive material to help prepare for the workshop two weeks prior to workshop delivery.


  • Social service and health providers and users,
  • Educators and students,
  • Social and political activists,
  • Community development workers,
  • Oral historians and social researchers,
  • Writers, artists and storytellers,
  • Anyone interested in exploring the transformative power of stories. 
  • No experience with digital video editing is needed.

The cost is $400 for 3-day workshop. Coffee and refreshments will be provided, but participants are asked to provide their own lunch.


Digital Storytelling was first introduced 20 years ago in California by the Centre for Digital Storytelling as part of a grassroots movement to help ordinary people tell their own stories through multi-media video production. Since then, the term ‘digital storytelling’ has been applied to many contexts and processes, including slideshows, narrative computer games, social computing, and digital films.

In this workshop, the facilitator is guided by the storytelling process and by the principles established by the Centre for Digital Storytelling (http://storycenter.org).

At its heart, this workshop is about offering: participants an emotional and sacred experience in which they can listen deeply to themselves and their fellow storytellers; an opportunity for individuals and groups to tell the stories that can teach and nourish us all and that can spark compassionate community action; an opportunity for artists and non-artists alike to engage in a creative, multi-media process.


FRANCES RAVINSKY M.A. (Clinical Psychology) is a community development consultant who has worked for two decades in First Nation communities and urban organizations. She has focused on projects relating to early years and parenting, healing and wellness, and art-based approaches to community engagement. Frances has worked as a therapist and educator. She is certified in Digital Storytelling through the University of Colorado and the Centre for Digital Storytelling.

For more information about Frances Ravinsky and Communtiy Works see the website at


**This workshop is currently full, however, we are taking names for our wait list. Please email upstream@thinkupstream.net if you are interested, or you can contact Community Works directly at communityworks@mts.net for inquiries about their digital storytelling workshops**

August 25, 2014 at 9am - August 28, 2014
University of Saskatchewan Education Building, Room 2001
28 Campus Dr
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1
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