Story Gatherings | Nashville, Tennessee

Pre-Conference Storytelling Workshop

with Matthew Luhn

Story consultant and writer with 20+ years creating stories at Pixar


Conference Package Rate

Experience 3 full days of STORY inspiration that includes this pre-conference workshop and our 2-day event.


Workshop Only Rate

Individual price if only attending the workshop


Group Rate

Per person for groups of four or more if only attending the workshop

Matthew Luhn is photographed on September 10, 2014 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

September 20


Schermerhorn Symphony Center
1 Symphony Pl, Nashville, TN 37201

STORY Gatherings presents Matthew Luhn

Matthew Luhn has heard thousands of great ideas while working at Pixar, The Simpsons, and Lucasfilm's ILM, but how is it that some of these ideas make great movies and TV shows, while others don't make the cut? The answer: the best innovators and directors have developed a process that focuses their team's creativity into not only creating great ideas but also fleshing them out – something Matthew has experienced first hand. This inspiring and engaging workshop makes it possible for you to generate new ideas and develop stories, on their own and with others, while under the guidance of Matthew Luhn's expertise.

By the end of the workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Communicate a unique and compelling story in one sentence
  • Master the three key elements of storytelling
  • Create well structured stories with the Story Spine
  • Successfully brainstorm with others, using the "Yes and..." principle
  • Harness the "Universal Truths" that connect with all people
  • Transfer written ideas into visual beat boards
  • Embrace fear and failing as a necessary part of the creative process
  • Develop the top techniques to overcome creative blocks

Limited seating is available, so don't wait to secure your spot!


Matthew's ability to connect with the audience and share his valuable insights through stories was truly amazing. There were parts of his talk where the audience would be doubled over in laughter and other instances where the messaging was so touching that many cried. It was a beautiful experience and very inspiring. A great experience that I would recommend for any company.

-Katrina Moss, Onboarding Officer, Shopify

Rarely, you’re told a story so clearly, yet with such a sense of discovery and surprise, you find yourself living it, on many levels, simultaneously. Imagine if that story was a story about how the best storytellers make stories. Matthew provides just that balanced magic in his presentation of storytelling. Matthew makes better stories possible.

-Randy Nelson, Founder of Pixar University

Matthew Luhn's passion, knowledge and experience are inspiring. His seminar is an absolute must if you want to learn about story structure and emotional core. I applied what I had learnt from Matthew to my last novel, and completely avoided the dreaded writer's block.

-Kathryn Fox, Bestselling, Internationally Acclaimed Author

September 20


Schermerhorn Symphony Center
1 Symphony Pl, Nashville, TN 37201