University of Manitoba - Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture - Dovie Thomason Workshop
Dovie Thomason Workshop

Join us for a workshop with Dovie Thomason, CCWOC's Winter 2015 Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence!

Dovie is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel.  During her residency Thomason will be workshopping her novel. “Like an Indiegogo campaign, but creative crowdsourcing,” she recently told UM Today.  "In a sense, participants will act as editors, before the story is committed to the page, and of course they will be acknowledged in the book."

WHEN: The workshop will begin Tuesday, February 3rd, from 2:30 - 4:00 pm, in the Creative Communities Studio, 390A University College.  It will runs for 6 weeks, not including Reading Week (so no workshop Feb 17th).

SIGN UP: Please email or phone (204) 480-1065 to sign up. 

This workshop is free and open to all!

Thomason is known for her traditional indigenous tales through both tellings and award-winning audio-recordings, but she is an accomplished storyteller of original personal and historical narratives as well.  Using her own life as story, (My Name is Dovie—PBS) she has explored issues of identity, family and community, shone an uncompromising light on the conflicted, intergenerational legacy of the government boarding schools (The Spirit Survives—JustStories Online Festival), and explored the need for “Native Science” in relation to Science, technology  and space exploration (Indigenous Space Cadet—TEDx).  These original works are stellar examples of stories in service to social justice and to the vital place of storytelling in addressing complex contemporary issues.  Dovie is a very gifted artist, a passionate educator, and an irreplaceable voice within the global storytelling community.

Thomason’s dedication to sharing indigenous voices has taken her down many roads. She has worked with schools and universities as a guest or artist-in-residence for institutions from New England to New Zealand. She has performed keynotes, workshops, and consultations for noted organizations, including the National Indian Education Association, the National Headstart Conference, the American Folklore Society, the Oral History Association and NASA. Her storytelling has been featured on countless prominent stages, including the Kennedy Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, London’s Barbican, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Thomason has also worked on a variety of special projects, lending her voice to narrations for the BBC, NPR, PBS, RTE, and the National Parks Service.