2017 Annual Report
AN OVERVIEW OF THE FIRST YEAR OF STORYMUSE, LLC
4 Virginia Tech Residency
5 Trigger Warning
7 Individual Coaching
8 Other Fun Things
8 The Big Next
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
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
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
Stories of [Be]longing:
This project was funded in part by:
on April 16, 2017.
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
the course of the spring & early
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.
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.
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
(thanks to many donors
through a successful
North Avenue Lounge
Stories on the Edge in partnership with
Alternate ROOTS, ROOTS Weekend
SpaceMuse & Date Muse
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!