Adrienne Burris – Build Your Storytelling Muscles – October 16
Greenville, SC (September 15, 2018)— DNA Creative Communications (DNA), in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greenville, the United Way of Greenville County, the Hollingsworth Funds, The Graham Foundation and the Jolley Foundation presents “Daily Exercise: Build Your Storytelling Muscles” on Tuesday, October 16 (8:00 – Noon) at Zen, located at 924 S. Main St in Greenville. Adrienne Burris, founder of Greenville Wordsmiths will facilitate the session, which is designed for all levels of nonprofit leaders.
Adrienne Burris is the Executive Director of Greenville Wordsmiths, a nonprofit that empowers children to discover their creative voices through writing. She has been developing and implementing innovative writing programs since 2008. Adrienne graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in English, then earned her M.A. Writer/Teacher with Distinction at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has delivered several invited lectures on the power of storytelling, and in February 2016, presented a TEDX Talk on representations of autism in fiction and popular culture. Adrienne has served as the Fiction Editor for Emrys Journal since 2016.
On October 16 Adrienne will inspire participants to step back from the numbers and return to the basics – characters, setting and plot – as applied to emotionally compelling and effective nonprofit storytelling. Attendees will walkaway with an understanding of the difference between stories and anecdotes, the ability to identify and implement the elements of narrative, an increased consciousness of the ethical threads between stories and storytellers, and drafts of compelling nonprofit stories.
“Nonprofit leaders are passionate individuals who are driven by the work they do…their organizations impact so many lives and each one has a story to tell. However, according to a recent study by Georgetown University over 75% of nonprofits feel their storytelling practices are insufficient. Our goal for the session on October 16 is to offer attendees storytelling techniques implementation strategies and a renewed energy for sharing their organization’s stories,” said Debbie Nelson, founder and producer of Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums.
This year Shine the Light piloted a new learning initiative thanks to the support of The Graham Foundation and the Jolley Foundation. A month after each Shine the Light session workshop participants had the opportunity to attend a two-hour professionally facilitated Booster Session to discuss implementation strategies with their peers.