Surplace Media - Workshops

Practical media training

All year long, Sur Place offers workshops in several creative & media disciplines: graphic design, video editing, audio creation, podcasts, creative writing, etc. All Workshops are proposed and led by local artists who have a passion to share their craft.

Accessible, flexible, and collaborative. Our workshops are limited to 8 students, run for 5 weeks, and cost $200. Our mission is to offer affordable community-based arts training that promotes a fun & collaborative culture among students and teachers.

An emphasis on practical training. In just a few weeks, you can learn new skills to use for your projects or your job. Students are always encouraged to work on their own projects during workshops.

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Current workshops

Aug
6
Tue
Podcasting & Audio production: Summer intensive (8 sessions)
Aug 6 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Podcasting & Audio production: Summer intensive (8 sessions) @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA

This Summer intensive combines two workshops: Podcasting on Thursdays, and Audio Production on Tuesdays. By learning both skills concurruntly, participants will accelerate the path to completing an episode of their audio-based story. Read on to learn about each workshop. Total class time is 20 hours over 8 sesions. Students will be expected to work on their projects outside of class time. 

Notes:

  • We can provide all needed equipment for the workshop at no extra cost, or give you a list of recommended & affordable gear to get your own.
  • Students are encouraged to enroll with a collaborator, as a team of two. A discount of 20% is offered to teams, contact info@surplace.co.
  • If you’d prefer to sign up for only one of the workshops, that’s possible, contact us.
  • The descriptions below will be updated with a weekly breakdown later. 

Podcasting: Telling stories in sound

Do you have an idea for a documentary storytelling podcast you’d like to produce? In this workshop, we’ll take your idea and put it through a variety of exercises that will help you find your main focus, craft your story effectively, plan your production, figure out your workflow and solve all the technical aspects in between. On top of that, throughout the weeks, we’ll be practicing the art of interviewing and narrating. So, think of it like an intensive bootcamp for you to become a better podcaster and for your project to come alive. 

Schedule

  • Thursday, 8 August 6:30-9:00pm
  • Thursday, 15 August 6:30-9:00pm
  • Thursday, 22 August 6:30-9:00pm
  • Thursday, 29 August 6:30-9:00pm

About Pascal Huỳnh

Born in Montreal to Vietnamese refugees, Pascal has always been interested in political identities. In 2017, he co-created Out of the Fog, a radio podcast where stories about family, adoption and power intertwine. Being a queer person of color, he is able to relate to adoptees’ fights to reclaim their rights and ownership of their stories. Currently working as an animation teacher, he also spends his time organizing free workshops, classes and film screenings in hopes of decentralizing access to our collective cultural DNA. Being passionate about knowledge-sharing, Pascal also gives creative workshops to youth living in group homes.

Audio Production, with Adobe Audition

In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of audio post-production using a digital audio workstation (DAW). Over several weeks we’ll cover basics of recording, cutting and arranging clips, adding EQ and effects, mixing multitrack sessions, automating keyframes, and exporting the finished project. In this version of the workshop, we’ll be focussing on audio storytelling techniques for creating engaging podcasts or longform audio that combines scripted text, interviews and other vocal material, plus sound effects and music.  

Schedule

  • Tuesday, 6  August 6:30-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, 13 August 6:30-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, 20 August 6:30-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, 27 August 6:30-9:00pm

Dae Courtney is a Canadian artist based in Montreal where they work as a composer, sound designer, performer, and youth animator for both arts and wilderness programming. Dae’s work most often centres around combining compositional and archival work with live performance involving improvisational digital sound making. As a sound designer, composer, and performer Dae’s work has been presented in such venues as the Musée Des Beaux Arts in Montreal, and The Kitchen and Judson’s Church both in NYC. Dae completed a bachelors in communications and electroacoustic music at Concordia University. Check their Soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/colourshapedotlocal



Aug
19
Mon
Writing Sexy with April Ford (intensive, 4 sessions)
Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Writing Sexy with April Ford (intensive, 4 sessions) @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA
Are your characters stuck at first base? Maybe you’ve been trying for months to build romantic tension in one of your short stories, but your revisions just seem to be making everything tawdrier. Love and sex scenes are challenging to execute: We’re striving to create the perfect chemistry between voice, language, pacing, plot, and setting, after all, and the measurement of each is never the same from one project to the next.

This workshop will provide participants with creative and technical tools to craft anything from a suspenseful kiss between strangers on a subway, to harrowing, mid-novel breakup sex between critical characters. We’ll look at a variety of print and digital media, and everyone will be encouraged to act as a reader as well as a writer—that is, to exchange ideas, opinions, and constructive feedback. Participants will leave the workshop with an expanded, specialized lexicon, and a keener sense of when to be nuanced and when to be explicit in their writing.

Workshop dates

  • Monday, August 19, 7-9pm
  • Wednesday August 21, 7-9pm
  • Monday August 26, 7-9pm
  • Wednesday August 28, 7-9pm

Workshop Breakdown

Class One: “Love You Like a Love Song”

We’ll start by sharing a bit about ourselves with the group – why we’re here, what we hope to get out of this experience—and bring to it; why we’re interested in “writing sexy.” Then, we’ll look at examples of commercially successful writing about love and sex, and puzzle over why they’re so successful (or were so successful in their times).

Class Two: “Fifty Shades of What Did You Just Say?!”

At some point, we’ve all felt a little silly (or even laughed out loud) while watching or reading a love scene—especially a poorly crafted love scene. In this class, we’ll look at examples of sexy writing gone bad, and allow ourselves to write some cringe-worthy passages of our own.

Class Three: “The Language of Love”

Now that we’ve explored the more commercial, general-appeal side of sexy writing, it’s time to explore what works for us—as individuals and as writers trying to set a specific tone. We’ll look at passages from some of the literary bosses to help us see what a scene needs to be not only “sexy” but also intimate.

Class Four: “Your Voice”

You’ve seen what works, you’ve written every last cliché out of your system, and now it’s time to write seriously sexy. Whether you’re working from a blank page, picking up where you left off months ago, or embarking on a total rewrite, this class will be all about moving forward.

April Ford recently moved back home to Montreal after a decade of living in the Catskills, where she taught creative writing at State University of New York at Oneonta. As a fiction writer, she’s interested in revealing the most intimate, daunting details about characters. Her work has been published in Grain, Montreal Writes, QWF Writes, The Lascaux Review, and elsewhere. In 2015, her story “Project Fumarase” won a Pushcart Prize.

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