StoryMuse 2017 Annual Report

An overview of the first year of StoryMuse, LLC

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2017 Annual Report



3 Introduction

4 Virginia Tech Residency

5 Trigger Warning

6 Workshops

7 Individual Coaching

8 Other Fun Things

8 The Big Next

olling forward

December 2017

A year. I can’t believe I’m closing out the

*I believe that stories build strength

first year at StoryMuse. So glad I finally

through appreciating vulnerability &

responded to my call to be a


professional storyteller & story coach!

*I believe we increase personal

I took this leap a little faster than some

charisma and resilience when we build

might when starting a practice, but I try

empathy through storytelling.

to think of it more as just rolling down

*I believe that most good stories are

the path meant for me. I do call

ultimately about change. If something

StoryMuse a practice by the way, rather

doesn’t change, then it wasn’t a story, it

than a business. It's a discipline,

was just an anecdote.

something to be continually refined.

StoryMuse in the News


Here are some interviews I did over the

last year where I talk about the Genesis &

Over the year, I’ve developed a

philosophy and a curriculum that has

Revelations I’ve had about StoryMuse.

certain foundations, certain principles

Literary Atlanta

that guide my work, including:

North Avenue Lounge


Over the course of the 2016-17

“The emotional gravity of such an

academic year, I returned to Virginia

undertaking necessitated an

Tech to lead a storytelling residency

enormous amount of patience, trust-

about Resilience, Remembrance, and

building, care, and commitment–all of

Reflection for the ten-year

which Shannon demonstrated in

observance of the 2007 shooting

spades. Shannon listened deeply to

that happened there.

and honored the needs of

participants and us, the

The residency included three one-

commissioning arts presenter.

week engagements in November,

Consequently, we all seemed to grow

March, and April, each week

through the process Shannon

consisting of workshops, guest


lectures, community meetings, and

~Jon Catherwood-Ginn

public performances. To cap off, I

Associate Director of Programming,

directed a storytelling show, Stories

Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech

of (Be)longing at The Lyric Theatre

Virginia Tech

Stories of [Be]longing:

resiliance. remembrance.


This project was funded in part by:

on April 16, 2017.



Georgia Voice



What happened to us at Virginia

The night of the show we had a

Tech was a very public, even global

packed 200-person house and more

event, but I wanted to give everyday

than doubled our fundraising goal.

stories about encounters with trauma

“Shannon M. Turner rocks! We could

and violence a place on the stage.

not be more happy about our

collaboration with StoryMuse on

Trigger Warning, a benefit for Men

Trigger Warning: A Night of Stories.

Stopping Violence, emerged. On

The event helped introduce Men

Saturday, June 24 at 7 Stages in

Stopping Violence and our work to a

Atlanta, we had 8 storytellers from

broad new community. We are eager

across the metro area. I auditioned

to work with StoryMuse again.”

and rehearsed with these folks over

~Ulester Douglas

the course of the spring & early

Executive Director,


Men Stopping Violence

This project received a private grant

Trigger Warning in the News:

through the Community Foundation

sponsored by C4 Atlanta. This

support paid for my time, stipends for

artists, theatre rental, marketing, etc.

Trigger Warning:

A Night of Stories

of Greater Atlanta and was fiscally


2016 - 10 Workshops - 88 people served

2017 - 26 Workshops - 404 people served

Young African Leaders Initiative: Summers 2016, 2017, and coming again in

2018, I've been in a return engagement as guest lecturer at Georgia State

University’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative.

Over the course of 3-4 workshops each summer, I help the fellows explore

Personal Storytelling for Your Professional Brand.

Decatur Writers Studio: Fall 2017 I taught a six-week course called “Storytelling

for Writers” for the Decatur Writers Studio.

individual coaching

11 clients - 33 coaching hours total

"Shannon’s curriculum is world class. Her words have impact, whether she is

telling a story or coaching other passionate individuals. Her dedication to this

art, and to developing this skill in others is commendable! I thoroughly enjoy

working with Shannon. I utilize the art of storytelling in my professional realm to

focus the impact of my words, and in my personal life to process experiences.

These are the real ways in which Shannon M. Turner and StoryMuse are

changing our Atlanta community, and the world." ~ Christin Rutz




Cucalorus Festival

National Storytelling

Network Conference

(thanks to many donors

through a successful

GoFundMe campaign)

North Avenue Lounge

Stories on the Edge in partnership with

Alternate ROOTS, ROOTS Weekend

SpaceMuse & Date Muse


StoryMusings Online





I'm cooking up lots of good stuff

for 2018. To start, I will be traveling

the state together with a

photographer, collecting stories

about people with developmental

disabilities for the purposes of advocacy at the state legislature. I'm going to be

offering a workshop with follow-up coaching to Georgia Tech faculty on how to tell

their stories of failure. I'm also beginning work with the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home

serving youth in foster care and returning to the Young African Leaders Initiative.

2018 is looking full and full of possibility. Thanks for all your support!

In community,


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