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You have a story. We want to help you tell it. Join us at one of our free writing workshops

CBC Calgary is facilitating a new series of free community storytelling workshops. In writing and in photographs, we will be here to help you tell your story.

Registration is now open for our October and November workshops

Join our writing and photography workshops for support and tell your story to the world. (Lianne Sabourin/CBC)

No matter where you live, what you do in life, you have a story. And we want to hear it.

If you pour concrete to build the tallest towers downtown, what view does that give you on city life? What about your time as a nanny, a teacher or driving a taxi? Taking your kids to soccer, or riding the CTrain. Where we work, how we relax, where we live — we all have communities. 

Let us walk in your shoes a minute to see new sides of Calgary.

Sign up for an upcoming writing workshop:

  • Coping   
         
    • What: Pandemic, inflation, life... How are you coping?
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    • When: Tuesdays in September | 6 p.m.
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    • Where: Calgary Central Library
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Registration is closed


  • Aging   
         
    • What: Learned something the hard way? We want to hear from your lifetime of experience at this workshop on aging.
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    • When: Tuesdays in October | 10:30 a.m.
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    • Where: Kerby Centre
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Register here


  • Just Your Story   
         
    • What: Open-themed exploration of the stories in our everyday lives, like an act of kindness you won't ever forget.
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    • When: Tuesday evenings in November/December
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    • Where: Nicholls Family Library
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Register here

CBC Calgary hosts writing workshops in the community

2 months ago
Duration 1:00
You have a story and we’re here to help you tell it. We’ve been working with folks from all walks of life to help bring their stories to life through our weekly writing workshops. Register for free and read some of the first person stories at cbc.ca/albertastories.

What to expect:

Pick a workshop and try to make it to all four sessions. We'll have small writing challenges to help you build your story week by week and give you personal feedback. We'll talk about everything from where to begin, how to use key anecdotes and when a splash of colour can make your story come alive.

By the end, you should have a rough draft you're proud of and, if you like, you can pitch it to cbc.ca/calgary as a freelance contributor to our First Person series — We're hoping you might!

These workshops are being held as part of our ongoing partnership with the Calgary Public Library. If you want to join but don't see a workshop that meets your needs, you can join a waiting list by emailing Elise at elise.stolte@cbc.ca.

Past workshops:

Shift(ing) work

  • What: Tell us your stories of work — how it's changed over the past few years and what it means to you 
  • When: August 2022
  • Read for these stories coming up at cbc.ca. Thanks to Calgary Public Library for hosting.

Source of strength?

  • What: Times are tough. What's your source of strength?
  • When: July 2022
  • Read these stories on cbc.ca. Thanks to the Genesis Centre for hosting.

Stories from the Northern Hills

What: Stories from a collection of neighbourhoods in north central Calgary
When: June 2022
Read these stories on cbc.ca. Thanks to Vivo and the Northern Hills Community Association for hosting.


A view on renting

Photography workshop telling stories of renting in Calgary. 

When: May-June 2022, ongoing.

Click here for details


Family Caregivers: The challenge and beauty of caring for frail loved ones at home

When: Fall 2021, held with help from Caregivers Alberta.

Read the results:


Do you have an idea for a theme? Is there a community you'd love to see us connect with or an organization who might help host? Reach out to Elise Stolte at elise.stolte@cbc.ca. We're hoping to bring these workshops to all parts of the city in time.

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