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Caroline Topperman

Photo: N/A 2017

Caroline Topperman is a European-Canadian writer, entrepreneur, dancer and world traveler. Born in Sweden, raised in Canada and having lived in Poland, Caroline has a love of traveling and experiencing different cultures. She speaks fluent English, Polish and French and has even found a way to communicate with her playfully-mischievous dog, Pixie.

 

Always a go-getter, Caroline has danced professionally, owned a Pilates studio, consulted customers at beauty counters and even had a short stint at a car dealership. She isn’t afraid to try something new and adventurous.

 

As the founder of Style on the Side, she writes about her worldly upbringing and shares personal experiences and ultimately give others permission to step outside their boxes and discover their own unique voice. Her work has appeared on numerous blogs and websites, namely Huffington Post Canada and British MODE Magazine.  Her new book, Tell Me What You See, is a visual prompt journal to help people ignite their creativity and see the world through a new lens. For more about Caroline, visit www.carolinetopperman.com

 

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Tell Me What You See. One Idea Press, 2019
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Tell Me What You See is the fresh perspective writers and creatives have been looking for. Rather than trying to work through the same written prompts when you catch a case of writer’s block, this interactive workshop offers photographs from around the world to spark your imagination. More than just providing writing prompts, Tell Me What You See inspires readers to take an extra second to absorb their surroundings. The workshop covers the core of the visual writing prompts technique, then guides the participants through the process of actually writing for several prompts and follows with a discussion of each one. As writers, we are always encouraged to show not tell and these exercises will teach participants how to see the world around them and examine the descriptive details in their own writing. 

 

Conclusion: By approaching writing from a visual angle, participants will have the opportunity to explore a new way of drawing on their creativity which will make them better writers and help them overcome writer’s block. Participants will learn how to step inside their created world, whether fiction or non-fiction and to really create memorable scenes and stories. 

 
Presentation Length:
2 - 2.5 hours
Genre:
Writing - General
Grades:
10+
Audience size:
Any
Workshop Description:

Proposed Workshop Format: 

Welcome and background on why visual writing prompts are important for increasing our creativity and how we look at the world around us. This will include several techniques for relaxing and visualizing the image. 

 

Visual Prompt 1: I start with a photograph and give the participants a few minutes to write what they see. I then offer participants the opportunity to share their piece. This is often met with some resistance but they quickly realize that there is no right or wrong answer and that each one is creative in its own right, which breaks down barriers and inhibitions. 

 

Visual Prompt 2: I pass out a second photo and give participants a few minutes to write what they see. I offer participants the opportunity to share their piece. For this photo I will set the scene for participants so they have a different perspective. Participants will also be given the opportunity to comment on each other’s pieces. 

 

Visual Prompt 3: We create a story from one of the writing prompts as a group. Writers are comfortable writing, but speaking and hearing their ideas out loud will give them the opportunity to examine their vision from a new perspective. At this point we discuss the idea of showing rather than telling when writing.  

 

 

 

Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$300
Two sessions:
$500
One session:
$$150
Two sessions:
$350
GST:
GST not applicable