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SJ Murray

Emmy-Nominated Writer, Producer & Story Designer

Emmy-Nominated Writer, Producer & Story Designer

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Austin, TX, USA
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SJ Murray Biography

In the tradition of all great storytellers, story design expert Sarah-Jane was born in Ireland. She was educated in France before venturing across the pond to get her BA in French and Philosophy from Auburn University. Then she received the Ecole Normale Supérieure-Lettres et Sciences Humaines diploma in French and Linguistics, followed by a PhD from Princeton University in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

A story analyst and consultant for the major studios in Hollywood, Sarah-Jane has also taught screenwriting and is a screenwriter herself. She joins an impressive list of successful screenwriters as an alumna of the UCLA professional program in screenwriting and studied under chairman Richard Walter.

She received a Southeast EMMY® nomination as writer and associate producer credits on Primary Concern, a PBS documentary on the looming primary care crisis in health care in the United States (2013-2014.) She is the writer and a producer of Ineffable, a documentary (in production) about what happens to us as a society when we push the fine arts to the margins, also intended for broadcast on PBS.

Sarah-Jane is a featured speaker at TEDx San Antonio "Ideas In Action." Her TEDx Talk Hardwired for Story explores what is happening in our brains when hearing or watching a story, and its effect on our lives.

She is writing a series of media rich ebooks on story rhetoric for Livingston+McKay's Nibbles peer-reviewed imprint. The first book in the series is Three Act What? Great Story Structure which lays the groundwork for the books to come.

In 2014, she received not one, but two silver Telly Awards for the trailer "Dance" for the documentary, Ineffable. In 2013, the International Academy of Visual Arts awarded her the Communicator Award of Distinction from over 6,000 entries worldwide. She has coached numerous writers (including two New York Times bestsellers) on the art of screenwriting, and is at work on several original narrative features of her own. A feature film script she was hired to rewrite goes into production in 2015.

Sarah-Jane lives in Austin, Texas, but travels frequently to both coasts. These days she can be found practicing her salsa routines when not teaching in the Honors College or Film & Digital Media Department at Baylor University or heading up the team of the first English translation from Old French of the Ovide Moralisé for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 07/11/2024.

SJ Murray Speaking Topics

  • Story Matters

    Each keynote SJ gives is like a snowflake • no two are exactly alike. This is because SJ tailors each speech on the importance of story to the specific audience she's addressing • whether education, the humanities, non-profits, leadership, creativity, marketing, advertising, branding, screenwriting, filmmaking, technology, writing novels, or great texts.

SJ Murray Videos

  • Create Talks - SJ Murray
    My guest this week on Create Talks is EMMY-nominated and award winning writer and producer SJ Murray.
  • Write and Wrong | Sarah-Jane Murray | TEDxSantaCruz
    Storytelling is a powerful tool. Stories transcend the test of time through radical collaboration. They are the ethical markers of our time.

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SJ Murray is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Story Matters. The estimated speaking fee range to book SJ Murray for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. SJ Murray generally travels from Austin, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kathy Ireland, Kristie Kennedy, Adora Svitak, Daymond John and Cynthia Germanotta. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling SJ Murray for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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