The short, third-person version:
Christine Hennebury is a storyteller, writer, and creative life coach with a knack for encouraging people to be kinder to themselves. She writes fiction and non-fiction and she has 30 years of experience in leading workshops to help individuals and groups ease their way into new creative practices.
Christine is the founder of the Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl, the President for Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada, and a past president of the St. John’s Storytelling Festival. She is also the proud recipient of the 2019 Impact in Music, Arts, and Culture Award from the City of Mount Pearl.
The chattier, friendly version:
Hi, I’m Christine and I like to write stories, tell stories and help other people find ways get more comfortable with themselves and their creativity.
What does all that mean?
Well, like it says in the image above, I’m a writer, a storyteller, and a creative life coach.
I have a knack for finding connection, building community, and encouraging people and I often use storytelling, or storytelling techniques, to make those things happen.
A lot of my coaching clients are creative people who have gotten out of practice in their fields and need support to find their way back to their activities but I also coach anyone who needs encouragement, kindness, and reminders to be good to themselves and to keep trying.
I regularly write articles for the CBC-NL website and my work there focuses on encouraging readers to create personal change through reframing and self-kindness. I write a weekly post for Fit is a Feminist Issue and I wrote daily encouragement posts there during December and January and I used to write an almost-weekly writing column for the 10 Minute Novelists website before their format changed. My non-fiction also includes business writing and ghost-writing for clients, and, in the past, I have written occasional articles for The Telegram and other Saltwire newspapers.
I write a lot of fiction, even though I haven’t spent a lot of time trying to get it published yet. I write flash fiction, short stories, mystery games, monologues, and one-act plays and I am currently revising one of my novels (tentatively titled Not Even Close.)
I have been telling stories professionally since 2009 and I have been a frequent performer and host at the St. John’s Storytelling Festival and the Storytelling St. John’s Monthly Story Circle, as well as at a number of local schools and events.
I enjoy telling a variety of myths, folktales, and personal stories and I particularly like sharing versions that take a different point of view – seeing a villain from a new perspective, or centering the actions of a character who would normally be seen as passive.
I frequently hold coaching workshops and classes (online and in-person) about writing, storytelling, and exploring personal creative practices. My most popular creativity class is Stop Thinking and Write, which is designed to coax ‘stuck’ writers back to the page. As a graduate of the Business and Arts NL Creative Edge (2020) program, I also offer workshops on writing artist bios, the role of storytelling in workplace communication, and the empathy-building power of stories.
I’m the founder and chair of the Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl, President of Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada, and a former President of Storytelling St. John’s.