by Shannon Turner | Sep 29, 2022 | advocacy, Blog, empathy, GCDD Storytelling Project, manifesting stories, transformative storytelling
Some people will talk about community advocacy work as “empowering,” or even that they are “giving voice to the voiceless.” I like to think that every person I work with–every kind of person I work with–has their own power, their own voice.
by Shannon Turner | Jul 13, 2022 | Blog, manifesting stories, personal narrative, self-image, transformative storytellingThere are some stories, and Shannon the Underdog Atlanta Online Dating Girl was one of them, that become a stuck/repeating tape loop. When I first moved to Atlanta in 2008, I threw myself headlong into the newly ubiquitous (read: now-not-so-skeevy) online dating...
by Shannon Turner | Mar 20, 2022 | Blog, camp stories, change, empathy, personal is political, transformative storytelling
There once was an island made up of seven kingdoms, evenly divided by high rock walls that emanated from the center of the island and ran all the way to the sea (kinda like a giant Trivial Pursuit piece). Unfortunately, there was no source of fresh drinking water on the island. Each kingdom hated and feared the next.
by Shannon Turner | Jan 25, 2022 | Blog, personal narrative, transformative storytelling, trauma, vulnerability, walks with grief
Despite all that, my most visceral memory from that year will always be sitting in a car on a cold, rainy, fall afternoon with the mother of one of the shooting victims. We formed a friendship during that season and had gone out to a local school to talk about resilience. When we got back in the car to leave, she checked her voicemail, had gotten a call from her son who was refusing to go to school. Again
by Shannon Turner | Oct 5, 2021 | change, manifesting stories, transformative storytelling, workshops
In my curriculum where I teach people how to cultivate and tell their own stories, an approach I affectionately call, ‘The Story Sandwich,’ I always refer to the importance of finding the change in our storytelling. I call it the meat (or spicy tofu) of the sandwich. In workshops, I break out these two figures side-by-side and talk about that moment in English class when they would talk us about the “beginning-middle-end” of a story (blah-blah-blah), and especially “exposition-climax-denoument” (again: blah-blah-blah).
by Shannon Turner | Oct 1, 2021 | change, happy stories, life maps, manifesting stories, personal is political, personal narrative, transformative storytelling, workshops
Pittsburg: Past, Present, Future is an innovative, new storytelling project under the guidance of the Pittsburgh Community Market, which will culminate with a live, pop-up theatre at Pittsburgh Yards on Saturday, October 30 at 7:00p as a part of the ELEVATE Atlanta Arts Festival.