Classes Spring 2017

Breath Becomes Voice

– A Workshop with Fides Krucker

presented by GoForWords in partnership with The Inner Space and Jackson Yoga

By nature we are connected, emotional beings capable of a wide range of expression. The human voice is designed to communicate. Singing comes from body and soul!

Fides will lead the workshop using simple, embodied exercises to free breath and increase resonance. Participants will engage with sounds that may have been locked away or forbidden – whether mad, sad or glad. The vocal work will feel safe, supported, playful and accessible – and end in song!

Regardless of your relationship to your voice – challenged, curious, passionate, frightened – Fides’ approach can help tease out what is lying under the surface just waiting to be heard.

Date: July 8th, 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: The Davis Room @ The Stouffville United Church, 34 Church St S, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 1E3, Canada (see map at the very bottom of this page)

Registration Fee: $55.00 plus HST.
(Register below Fides Krucker’s Biography)


Fides Krucker

has been an innovative interpreter of vocal music in Canada and abroad for thirty years.

Her company, Good Hair Day Productions, premiered the electroacoustic sexual-catastrophe opera Julie Sits Waiting (Walmsley/Dufort) in 2012, receiving five Dora Nominations. Her all-female collective, URGE (1991 – 2004), broke ground for subsequent generations of interdisciplinary artists; their final work has just been published by Playwrights Canada Press.

With Kazumi Tsuruoka she created the love and disability show CPSalon, adapted by Lawrence Jackman for the NFB film How Does It Feel. Her vocal creation for the technopera 3 Singers (Mott/Ingebritsen) premiered in Krakow and Chicago in the 2014/15 season and was praised for its feminist jolt and heartbreaking beauty.

Fides created the vocal scores for Peggy Baker’s land/body/breath (at the AGO) as well for locus plot’s five dancers and 2016’s Phase Space (receiving a Dora for composition.) She just finished performing and recording the part of a mermaid in the sonic theatre hybrid DIVE. Her recording of the Berio Folksongs with Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble will be released this winter. GHDP has two upcoming projects: In This Body, a woman’s journey through the Canadian song book danced by Peggy Baker, Laurence Lemieux and Heidi Strauss (premiering at Canadian Stage in March, 2018) and Three Waters an immersive installation for four singers, pianist, actor/poet, sculptural artist and video artist collaboratively manifesting and inhabiting the unbound oceans and feminine.

Fides teaches and facilitates in the Toronto dance community, for Chicago’s Walkabout Theatre Company, for individuals and groups who identify with disability, and extensively for a wide variety of artists in her home studio. She has a dozen apprentices. Fides is completing a book on voice based on research initially funded by a Chalmer’s Foundation Fellowship. (

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A Novel Beginning – With Sue Reynolds

A Novel Beginning

This Spring at Trent University in Oshawa – Starting May 1


Get a significant start on that novel to carry you through your summer writing!

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E.L. Doctorow


You probably won’t get your entire novel written during this nine week period, but you will develop your characters, their problems, their dilemmas, their transformative arcs, their worlds, and the plot points that will give you a strong framework to finish that fictional book you’ve been promising yourself you’ll write one day.


Scope: Monday nights, 7 sessions over 9 weeks

Dates: May 1 to June 26 (Please note – there is a two week hiatus over May 22 (Victoria Day) and May 29.  You will still have assigned work and optional homework, but we will not be meeting.

Time: 7:00 pm – 9 pm – and optional homework

Location:  Trent University in Oshawa, 55 Thornton Road South, Room 110


Instructor:  Susan Lynn Reynolds, BSc. Psych.

is a writer, teacher and psychotherapist.  She teaches writing through workshops in the community, at Durham College, and in social service settings. She writes and has won awards for her YA novel, short stories, poems and non-fiction.

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Turning your Life into Story… and into publication

An 8 Week Class Facilitated by Sue Reynolds in NEWMARKET

Place: Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Avenue, Newmarket, ON L3Y 1W1 – LARGE STUDY ROOM
Times: 6:45 – 8:45 PM.
Dates: Thursday nights, April 27, May 4, May 18, 25, June 8, 15, 22, 29
PLEASE NOTE: There are two sessions where there is a skipped break – there is no class on May 11 or June 1.
Registration: $220 plus HST
10% DISCOUNT FOR WCYR members (Or other Writers’ Community Members) $198.00 plus HST

This 8 week course shows participants how to find the germs of story in personal experience (their own or those of their family and friends) and transform them into short fiction.

Through the study of existing short stories and learning writer’s craft techniques, authors will experiment with their own tales.

Homework can be submitted privately for individual feedback each week.

By the end of the course writers will produce one or two polished stories and, if they choose, “put a stamp on it” – i.e., identify a contest or journal they think is an ideal market for their story and send the piece off.

April 27 — Defining and Exploring the Idea of Short Story
May 4 — Going where there’s a knot
PLEASE NOTE – no class on May 11th
May 18 — the Locus of the Story
May 25 — There comes a moment – Transformation… or not
PLEASE NOTE – no class on June 1st
June 8 — Tied up in a bow or untied shoelaces?
June 15 — Objective Correlative – supportive metaphor and imagery
June 22 — Editing and Refining
June 29 — Put a Stamp on it


TESTIMONIAL – From a participant in the last class in Oshawa this winter:
“The class offered a safe and encouraging place to consider story – how to set them down on paper and tell them well. Weekly readings, and discussion of how those readings reflected a theme or aspect of writing which we might bring to our own writing was very helpful. Sue’s assignments, or writing suggestions, really moved the process along. Nothing focuses the mind like a deadline, even a gentle one! The feedback Sue offered was astute and generous. I almost held back participating because of the drive from west Etobicoke to Oshawa, but I’m so glad I registered. It was the highlight of my week. And I’ve got my writing mojo working again!”
~ Kathleen Boyle Hatcher, writer


Susan Lynn Reynolds is a writer, teacher and psychotherapist. She teaches writing through workshops in the community, in college continuing education programs, and in social services settings. She writes and has won awards for her YA novel, short stories, poems and non-fiction.
She has been leading writing groups since 1998 and has been certified to lead workshops in the Amherst Writers method since 2002. She is licensed to work with groups doing expressive writing for wellness as well.

She has been leading writing workshops for female inmates at Central East Correctional Centre for 12 years, a program for which she received the June Callwood Award for Outstanding Volunteerism.




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In the summer of 2013 I was invited to do a TEDtalk on “Shining the light on our Changing Communities”. I talked about the therapeutic writing program I do with incarcerated women. You can view the talk here.

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