The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop


Join us to hear stories from the 2021 X Page: A Storytelling Workshop!

Sixteen women who are immigrants or refugees living in the Waterloo Region joined the workshop to write and perform short, personal stories to share with the community. Workshop participants will share their stories in a live and innovative audio / visual presentation, directed by Pam Patel of MT Space Theatre.

The event will be held on Zoom. Registration is required. Attendance is free. Donations are sincerely appreciated. All donations are issued with a tax receipt and will directly support next year's workshop!


what is the x page workshop?

The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop is a community arts initiative that connects women who are immigrants or refugees with artists who assist and mentor them in writing and performing their own stories.

Where does "X Page" come from?

The X Page is a writing exercise. Our workshops use exercises based on Lynda Barry’s teaching and philosophy. It's the opposite of a blank page: it’s the space where we enter into an image using all of our senses.

What happens during the workshop?

Over twelve weeks, workshop participants develop a personal narrative and work together to bring their individual stories together into a cohesive presentation. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 workshop will be held online via Zoom. Workshop meetings will be held every Wednesday from April 14 to June 30. Each meeting will run in the evenings for no longer than 1.5 hours.

Will there be a live performance?

Normally, the workshop culminates with a performance before a live theatre audience. This year, we are considering creative options for participants to perform and share their stories safely online.

Can I read or watch stories from previous years?

Yes! Check out the stories from 2020 here. You can also watch and read the stories from 2019. For a quick overview of the workshop, check out the video below!

meet our supporters.

Kindred Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative serving people across Ontario who want to connect their values and faith with their finances.

For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians.

Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement is a dynamic space on the University of Waterloo campus, home to peace-oriented innovators, and established organizations from the region’s vibrant peacebuilding field.

MT Space is a Multicultural Theatre Space that brings different communities together to create a community of difference.

The City of Waterloo is making cultural development a priority to make Waterloo an even better place to live, work, learn, and play.

Project Ploughshares is a Canadian peace research institute with a focus on disarmament efforts and international security.

Durrell Communications is a boutique PR Agency specializing in Media Relations and Communications.

The New Quarterly is an award-winning literary magazine that publishes Canadian poetry, fiction, and essays.