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Danica Lorer
Audience Age Groups
Any Age
Secondary (Grades 10-12)
Middle (Grades 6-9)
Elementary (Grades K - 5)

Danica Lorer

Danica Lorer has been a professional storyteller for more than 20 years. She collects and imagines stories and pictures throughout Saskatchewan and beyond. She lives in Saskatoon and follows the highway as a ribbon tying her to the amazing sky, clear water, words on the wind, and beautiful people. She reaches out with her telling to audiences of all ages at festivals, libraries, schools, extended care homes, and more. Danica facilitates storytelling, presenting, and creative writing workshops inviting participants to reach into their memories, imaginations and surroundings. She advocates for the arts, including storytelling. She knows storytelling requires risk and trust and builds relationships as people find the common threads weaving their own stories together. Danica is a freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines. She has been shortlisted for Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association awards in the categories of Columnist of the Year, Best Habitat/Conservation Writing, Educational Coverage, and Best Culture Story. She was recognized by the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum Inc. "for her journalistic abilities and enthusiasm for history. Her many news articles have contributed to continued public awareness of the Shiloh Baptist Church and Cemetery. Her contribution has been invaluable and appreciated." In 2012 she was retained by SaskCulture as a Culture Days Animateur. In 4 months she presented storytelling workshops 46 times in 22 unique venues in 15 communities encouraging over 1000 workshop participants from 0-103 years of age to imagine, remember, and share stories as she shared stories with them. Danica was selected as one of 3 storytellers from across the country to tour as part of the TD/Canadian Children's Book Centre's Canadian Children's Book Week tour in May of 2014. She has toured with the Saskatchewan Cutltural Exchange Society's fall workshop tour several times and has facilitated many workshops for New Canadians. Danica is an active member of the SWG, the Saskatoon Storytellers Guild, and the Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada. She has been published in untethered, Poetry All Over the Floor, Grain, Alice Unbound-Beyond Wonderland, antilang, Spring, and release any words stuck inside of you. Danica is a spoken word poet who has won slams and competed both locally and nationally. She is the host of 'Lit Happens', Shaw Saskatoon's literary arts program and a podcaster.

Workshops Offered

Powering Up Your Live Presentations
Group Size: 4-40
Ages: Adults

Making connections, busting nerves, holding onto wandering attention spans, facing unpredictable age and literacy levels, and watching teachers on their phones – reaching audiences can take work, but it’s worth it. From your first reading at an open mic to school visits your voice and confidence make your words come to life. This will be a participatory workshop with tips and tricks to take forward.

Breathing New Life Into Your Characters
Group Size: 4-40
Walk, talk and write new life into your characters as you get to know them better. This workshop can be adapted for all ages.
Story Seeds
Group Size: 5-40
Sometimes stories sprout from a single word. Using individual and group exercises Danica will assist participants in creating stories as they reach into memory and imagination. This workshop can be adapted for any age group. Methods explored can be used for the creation of oral and written stories.


  • General
  • Lyrics—Children's
  • Journalism
  • General
  • Performance/Sound
  • Storytelling


Business/Corporate/Government Writing
  • Grant Applications and Reports
  • Manuscript Critiquing (Not Editing)
  • Feature Writing
  • Interviews
  • Newspapers
  • Photojournalism
Lecturing/Public Speaking
  • Conferences
  • Keynote Addresses
  • Special Events
  • Professional Development Workshops
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