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Workshop: Arrivals and Departures

March 3 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

About the photo: Art Installation by Adrianne Beauregard featuring the shoes from 2023’s The Shoe Project presented by SkirtsAfire in partnership with Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre. Photo by April MacDonald Killins.

 March 3 | 10am – 1pm

Walterdale Theatre
10322 83rd Ave NW

Tiered pricing from $50 – $100. All participants, regardless of price, receive the same 3 hour workshop. Purchase using the form below.

To be able to provide the best experience, the workshop will take no more than 12 participants. Due to the limited capacity, tickets will only be sold in advance. 

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Directly inspired by The Shoe Project process, aspiring writers will participate in this three-hour session to create their own version of a “shoe story”, a short memoir piece that explores a significant journey, and features a pair of shoes. Please join us for an inspiring and creative investigation of a turning point in your life’s story. All writing levels welcome.

Conni Massing, Playwright

Conni is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film and television. Recent stage credits include Fresh Hell (Shadow Theatre); Matara and The Invention of Romance, (Workshop West Playwrights Theatre); Oh! Christmas Tree (Roxy Performance Series), and her widely produced stage adaptations of W.O Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid and Bruce Allen Powe’s The Aberhart Summer. Conni’s published credits include seven of her plays, a comic memoir, Roadtripping: On the Move with the Buffalo Gals (Brindle and Glass Publishing), as well as essays and short fiction. Her writing has been recognized by awards and nominations from AMPIA, the Academy of Cinema and Television, the Betty Mitchell Awards, the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards. Conni has had the great honour of serving as the writing mentor for The Shoe Project since 2020.

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We are proud to offer tiered pricing to support access to high-quality training for all participants, regardless of their economic circumstances. Please pick the price point that best reflects your training budget. If you can purchase a higher tier, please consider doing so to save a spot for someone with less room in their budget. All participants, regardless of price, receive the same 3 hour workshop.

We use a fee-free platform called Zeffy for our donations which means we will receive 100% of your donation. There will be an option to add a contribution to Zeffy at the bottom of the form, but it is completely optional. If you wish to bypass it, simply choose ‘other’ in the dropdown menu.



March 3
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Walterdale Theatre
10322 83 Ave NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5C3 Canada
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SkirtsAfire respectfully acknowledges that we are telling stories on the traditional and ancestral homeland of diverse Indigenous peoples including Nehiyawak (Cree), Metis, Inuit, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux and Nakota Sioux, who have lived and travelled through this place thousands of years before us. We are all treaty people and as settlers to Treaty 6 Territory, which is also home to Métis Settlements and the Métis Nation of Alberta, we are striving to better listen, understand and learn from the Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing. We respect and celebrate the languages, history and culture of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit whose presence continues to enrich this vibrant community here in ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, Amiskwacîwâskahikan, also known as Edmonton, and at SkirtsAfire.