Pelin Turgut is a London-based writer, creative entrepreneur, coach and international facilitator. She’s the creator of an independent film festival, several unique storytelling courses at institutions across Europe and an expert in the art of storytelling.
A love of stories and their potential to bring us into contact with deeper truths in ourselves and each other guides her work. As a child, she was obsessed with Greek and Norse myths. At university, she fell in love with political philosophy and graduated with honors from Bryn Mawr College.
She was a correspondent for Reuters, TIME magazine and The Independent for more than a decade. She co-founded !f Istanbul, the popular international independent film festival renowned for its activist ethos and progressive programming that now runs in 3 cities and 50 under-served locations across the region.
Together with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute, she set up a regional version of the renowned Screenwriters Lab to support original storytelling for filmmakers from the Balkans and Middle East. Dozens of Lab projects premiered at festivals such as Cannes, Venice and Toronto.
Eventually, she found out this thing she had been doing all her life was a thing: storytelling. She trained at one of the world’s oldest running storytelling institutions, The International School of Storytelling in Sussex — where she now sometimes teaches.
She is also a systemic facilitator having studied family constellations with Svagito Liebermeister and Systemic Ritual with Daan van Kampenhout. She translated Daan’s seminal book Tears of the Ancestors, into Turkish. She has travelled up the Amazon to learn from and take part in ceremonies with indigenous shamans and walked the 780-km Camino to Santiago. Her work is grounded in an embodied approach, especially around freeing the natural voice for more easeful and authentic communication. She studied with pioneering embodiment educator Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.
She writes fiction, non-fiction and film. Her first book Eriyen Ülkenin Sırları (Secrets of a Vanishing Country) was published in 2018.
Pelin has a London coaching practice for creative professionals. She also teaches worldwide supporting individuals who seek to bring more of who they are to their creative projects, businesses and lives. Her interest is always in exploring the stories that shape us and the stories we have yet to inhabit that bring greater joy and ease.