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Feb 22, 2016 Return to Headlines

Writers and Actors Can Hone their Craft and Share Coquitlam’s Stories

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, February 22, 2016 – A free, professional workshop series this spring will enable local writers and actors to hone their craft while bringing Coquitlam’s stories to life.

Part of the Coquitlam 125 anniversary celebrations, the workshops are being offered to both novice and experienced writers and actors, who will then use their new skills to help collect, write and tell the stories of Coquitlam. They will be led by Artists Rendering Tales Collective Inc., a collaborative group of artists that is exploring the stories of the community and its people this year through writing, film, photography, theatre and visual art.

The workshops are an opportunity for aspiring writers and actors to learn from professionals while uncovering and sharing Coquitlam’s untold stories. Each session builds on the last, so it’s preferable that participants attend all workshops in the series they choose: literary or historical character.

Participants in the literary workshops – Feb. 28, 2-5 p.m. and Apr. 17, 1-5 p.m. – will work with professional writers to learn about story structure, research and interviewing, and then publish their writing online through blogs.

Actors attending the four historical character workshops – Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 15 and Jun. 12, all from 1-5 p.m. – will work with professional performers on improvisation, character development, voice, movement and breath. Theatre games are also planned.
Once trained, the writers and actors may participate in one or all of this year’s Coquitlam 125 signature events. The workshops are inclusive and people of all ethnicities and abilities are encouraged to participate.

To register, contact artistsrtcinc@gmail.com or visit www.coquitlam125.ca/volunteer for locations and other details.

More information about Coquitlam 125 events and volunteer opportunities is posted at www.coquitlam125.ca.

About Coquitlam 125
Coquitlam is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016 with a year-long celebration that honours the community’s rich history and sets the stage for a dynamic future.

When Coquitlam was incorporated on July 25, 1891, it was a small agricultural community, with a state-of-the-art lumber mill – the future Fraser Mills – under construction near the Fraser River. French Canadians settled in the area in the early 1900s and established Maillardville, the largest Francophone centre west of the Rockies. Today, Coquitlam is home to over 140,000 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and over 6,200 businesses.

The Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task Force (CAST Force) is guided by the Coquitlam 125 vision – Stories told, stories to be created – as it engages the community through meaningful experiences that celebrate our heritage, create strong connections and inspire lasting legacies towards an exciting future.
For more information, visit www.coquitlam125.ca.

About Artists Rendering Tales Collective Inc.
Artists Rendering Tales Collective Inc. is a collaborative group of seven artists specializing in several different artistic disciplines. Working in both corporate and public settings, the group provides inclusive opportunities for creative exploration and life skills development.

Integrating personal and historical knowledge, strong visual imagery and pride, Artists Rendering Tales Collective Inc. brings to life the relevant stories of people and their surroundings, while affecting positive change and demonstrating how art and culture can ignite better communities.

For more information, visit www.artistsrenderingtales.com.

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Media contact:
Kathleen Vincent
Manager Corporate Communications
City of Coquitlam
604-927-3019
kvincent@coquitlam.ca