The council organizes a storytelling workshop

The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council invites the public to participate in an online workshop designed to strengthen the storytelling skills of self-advocates and advocates.

The “Learning with MODDC” workshop will feature storyteller Shannon Turner, founder of StoryMuse.

In this workshop, Turner will guide participants through the basics of storytelling, including structure, vulnerability, detail, and change. Participants will practice deep listening and cultivate personal stories as a means of developing empathy and self-advocacy through storytelling. Participants will explore themes like “ableism, dignity and resources” and how they inform through advocacy. At the end, participants will practice telling stories to legislators and telling stories in other advocacy settings.

Turner will cover storytelling for advocacy, increasing participants’ storytelling skills. Self-advocates and advocates are encouraged to use their new skills when advocating on Capitol Hill.

The workshop will take place on June 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. Self-advocates and advocates interested in participating should register at

Turner is the founder and creative director of StoryMuse, which offers storytelling techniques as a tool for personal discernment, team building, and community development with the goal of cultivating a world where all stories are heard and honored. Turner is an independent consultant who conducts workshops and provides coaching to individuals and organizations looking to use real personal stories for transformative potential.