All those who believe that the unexpected can emerge from under the neon lights of shopping malls, that frights lurk just around the corner, or that “light” can rime with “fright” are invited to take their quills, pens, pencils, computers to share the secrets and mysteries that lie hidden in the heart of their lives and cities. The writing contest Les Zinspirés is inspired by the project Les Zurbains by Théâtre Le Clou. This contest was made possible through the financial contribution of the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Writing Contest Les Zinspirés

Contest phases

Grade 10, 11, and 12 teachers are invited to engage their students in the writing contest Les Zinspirés. There are two sessions: Fall/Winter and Winter/Spring.

Schedule Semester 1 (Fall/Winter session) 

Deadlines Dates
Registration deadline December 1st, 2016
Guest-speaker class visit Between September 12 and December 1st, 2016
Writing of the tales After the visit of the speaker
Story submission deadline December 20, 2016
Selection committee meeting January 14-15 or 21-22, 2017
Story selection and school notification January 23, 2017
Workshop with the finalists February 10-12, 2017

Schedule Semester 2 (Winter/Spring session)

Deadlines Dates
Registration deadline March 4, 2017
Guest-speaker class visit Between February 6 and March 6, 2017
Writing of the tales After the visit of the speaker
Story submission deadline March 23, 2017
Selection committee meeting April 8 or 9, 2017
Story selection and school notification Week of April 10, 2017
Intensive rewriting workshop — 2nd semester April 21-23, 2017
Workshop with the finalists Beginning of June 2017 (to confirm)

Contest registration

To enter the contest, please complete and send us the registration form

A registration fee of $150 (plus taxes) by lecture given will be applied (groups of about 30 students, but twinning of 2 groups/classes possible).

Upon receipt of the invoice, please send us a cheque in the amount requested.

Meeting with an author

Upon receipt of the registration form, we will contact you to arrange a class visit with a professional author

This speaker will explain the urban tale and ways of writing one to the participants.

Writing of the tales

The third step is the writing of the tales. 

For each lecture given, you will get the possibility to send us your 10 favorite tales.

Selection of the texts

The stories received will be read by a committee composed of theatre professionals: authors, actors, and directors.

A dozen finalists will be selected per session, and these authors will be invited to participate in an intensive rewriting workshop.

Rewriting stage

The intensive rewriting workshop will be held at TfT’s Centre for Creation from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

This workshop will allow students to work in close collaboration with actors and professional writers who will point out the strengths and weaknesses of each tale and guide young authors through the rewriting process.

As needed, the actors on-site will act out excerpts to help the authors get a feel of the texts’ verbal expression.

Professional reading

At the end of the intensive rewriting workshop on Sunday afternoon, the actors will present all the stories to all the participants.

All interested teachers, families and friends of the participants are invited to this professional reading.

Selection of the winners

After the two rewriting stages, four to five stories will be chosen to be part of the show Les Zinspirés.

The winning authors will meet in Toronto at the end of the school year for a workshop that begins the final stages of writing the show.


Creation of the show

The show Les Zinspirés will be created by TfT the season following the competition.

The winning tales will be staged and performed by professional artists before a large audience.

For more information, contact: Violette Moussouni at 416.534.7303 line 25 
or at vmoussouni@theatrefrancais.com




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