Oral Storytelling Workshop & Oral Storytelling Event

Do you have a story to shout from the rooftops?

Are you curious about how to spin a great yarn and have people hanging off your every word?

This fall, we are hosting a free oral storytelling workshop, and an oral storytelling event at the festival. We recommend people attend the workshop, but it is not necessary to apply to be a participating storyteller at the festival’s Oral Storytelling event.

Oral Storytelling Workshop with Tanina Williams

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | In-person at the Whistler Museum or Online

Join Lil’wat Nation oral storyteller and Amawilc educator, Tanina Williams for a free workshop at the Whistler Museum on September 14th, 6:30-8:00pm. Learn the ins and outs of what makes a great story and how to make an impact, so your story and message stay with your audience long after you’ve told it.

Hone your oral storytelling chops with Tanina, then apply here to share that beautiful story on stage at our inaugural Whistler Writers Festival Oral Storytelling Event on October 13th. (See more about the festival event and application, below.)

Virtual Tickets: FREE (please RSVP) | In Person Tickets: FREE (please RSVP)

Tanina Williams

Tanina Williams

Sharing Traditions: An Evening of Oral Storytelling with Tsawaysia Spukwus and Tanina Williams

Thursday, October 13, 2022, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PDT | In-person at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre or Online

New this year, the Whistler Writers Festival celebrates the art and tradition of oral storytelling featuring the talents of Tanina Williams (Lil’wat Nation) and Tsawaysia Spukwus (Squamish Nation).

Eight local storytellers will be chosen to share the stage with these two powerhouse keepers of stories and songs indigenous to the shared Lil’wat and Squamish territories.

Local storytellers will be paid $150 to tell their 2-4 minute story. Mileage is also available for those living outside of Whistler in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Stories should be memorized; however we will allow presenters a ‘reminder points’ cheat sheet if needed. Click here to apply.

Virtual Tickets: $12 | In Person Tickets: $25 |  Tickets on sale August 31

Tsawaysia Spukwus

Tsawaysia Spukwus

Tanina Williams

Tanina Williams

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  • Oral story submissions should be between two and four minutes long. There is no limit on the number of stories you can submit and it’s free to enter.
  • Submissions are accepted in written, audio, or video formats at the link below. Using your phone to record is just fine!  
  • Click here for the application form
  • Application deadline is midnight on September 25 
  • Oral Storytelling Event applicants are not required to attend the September 14th workshop
  • Successful applicants will be notified by September 30 
  • Whistler Writers Festival Oral Storytelling Event will take place on October 13 at 7pm at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Go to www.whistlerwritersfest.com for tickets and event details.