Story Gatherings | Nashville, Tennessee

STORY 2018 is an immersive, two-day conference-style gathering designed to inspire, challenge and equip artists, creators and storytellers who work in a variety of industries.

Sep. 20-21, 2018Nashville, TN

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The STORY 2018 Theme

At STORY 2018 we’ll be hosting a conversation about the role of wonder in the creative process and the stories that we tell. Come replace your cynicism with possibility as wonder is reawakened, and you discover a new-found appreciation of your madness as a storyteller. Bring your team, and together, begin to re-imagine what could be.

You're entirely bonkers, but the good news is, all the best ones are.

Part Instruction. Part Inspiration.

STORY is an event where you’ll be stretched by innovative talks and unique performances in an immersive, transformational atmosphere. Bring your team to regroup and redefine your process as you set out to push past your organizational goals. Or come to discover a supportive community of forward-thinkers and visionaries to champion you as you set out on creative endeavors. Join us at what many call the "TED for Creatives".


The Atmosphere


STORY 2018 will be at the beautiful Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN. While the theater is beautiful, the entire building will be completely transformed into a space filled with adventure and wonder in every hallway and through every door so that you can be immersed into a world of possibility.

What is STORY?

What to Expect


Gain Inspiration

Experience immersive experiences and innovates talks in a transformative atmosphere that spark creative ideas.

Acquire Access

Leave equipped with the training and tools you need in order to take the next steps in the creative process that your STORY experience inspired. 

Get Connected

Leave feeling empowered to succeed with new connections and community, championed by a likeminded tribe of storytellers from a variety of industries.

Find New Meaning

Find new meaning and significance in your creative work due to the impact of your stories on the future of our world.


Invest in yourself and your work



Don Hahn

Legendary Producer of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast

Ruth Carter

Costume Designer for Black Panther, Selma, Malcolm X & More

Brad Montague

Creative Genius behind Socktober, Kid President, and Founder of Montague Workshop

Abby Fuller

Director of Chef's Table, Storyteller and Activist

Kevin Carroll

Author and Creative Katalyst for Nike, Target and ESPN

Steve Feldman

18-Year Veteran Director of Sesame Street and More

Vera Leung

Creative Director at International Justice Mission

Todd Henry

Arms Dealer of the Creative Revolution

Pei Ketron

Renowned Travel Photographer and Educator

Chris Logsdon

Creative Director at VaynerMedia

Samantha Edwards

Co-Founder and Creative Director of The Charles Agency

Jason Jaggard

Executive Coach & CEO of Novus Global

CJ Casciotta

Author, Serial Media Maker & Advocate for Weird Thinking

Yoko Sen

Sound Alchemist & Founder of Sen Sound

Jeremy Casper

Award-Winning Director, Writer & Producer

Danae Dougherty

Managing Principal at Visioneering Studios

Lagueria Davis

Director of the Upcoming Film, Black Barbie

Beulah Mae Mitchell

Pioneer of the First Black Barbie

Justin Kauflin

Renowned Jazz Pianist

David Paull

Founder & CEO of Engagious & Dialsmith

Susan Blackwell

Broadway Actor, Writer & Producer

Jeff & Tessa Evason

Mentalist Duo

Allison Fallon

Author & Creative Coach

Steve Daugherty

Author & Storyteller

Harris, III

Curator and Host

We've always got surprises up our sleeves!

2018 Schedule



Pre-Conference Workshops Throughout the Day.

Multiple Sessions available at 9am.

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8:30 am Session 1
10:45 am Session 2
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pmImmersive Breakout Experiences
3:30 pmSession 3
5:00 pmEnd of Day 1
8:00 pmEvening Activities


8:30 am Session 4
10:45 am Session 5
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pmImmersive Breakout Experiences
2:30 pmSession 6
4:00 pmEnd
4:30 pmAfter Party

Pre-Conference Workshops


Join us in Nashville on Wednesday, September 19th for a pre-conference workshop. In these smaller workshop-style classes, you’ll be challenged and inspired by a leading practitioner on a specific topic or craft. This is a great way to advance your skill set as a storyteller, and gain greater, more exclusive access to the creative influencer leading the workshop of your choice. Click here to learn more about STORY 2018’s current pre-conference workshop options.

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Group (4+)


VIP Experience



Are STORY tickets refundable?

No, unfortunately STORY tickets are non-refundable.

Can I transfer my ticket to someone if I can no longer attend?

Absolutely! Please send an email to [email protected] and we will take care of this for you.

If I want to bring a group, but I’m not sure who will attend with me yet, can I put all of the tickets under my name?

Sure thing! Once you know the names of the people that will be joining you, you can will be able to update them through our ticketing software, Universe.

Are the pre-conference workshops included in the price of my ticket?

Some pre-conference workshops on Wednesday will only be included in the price of a VIP ticket. If you hold a general ticket you will need to purchase an additional ticket in order to attend the workshop of your choice.

Can I attend more that one pre-conference workshop?

Unfortunately all of these workshops last all day, so you will not be able to attend more than one workshop. We know, it's a really hard choice, but we believe in you.

Are meals included in the price of my ticket?

We love surprising free snacks and drinks throughout the event when we are able, however we will not be supplying meals. We will have food trucks on-site during lunch for you to choose from and there are plenty of great restaurants within walking distance of the venue if you choose to venture off-site.

Does STORY have any partnerships with hotels that offer a discounted rate?

Yes! We have partnered with two hotels within walking distance to the venue. Scroll down to see the options.

I’m driving into town, where can I park?

There is free parking available at Titans Stadium. This is a ten minute walk from the venue just across the beautiful pedestrian bridge. There are also plenty of paid lots around the venue.

Does STORY offer discounted rates for students?

We sure do! Please email [email protected] to learn more.

Can I volunteer for STORY?

STORY cannot happen without an army of volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering for STORY 2018, please fill out this form.

How can my company become a sponsor of STORY?

STORY wouldn’t exist without the support of our incredible sponsors! Please email [email protected] so that we can began a conversation about what it might look like to partner with you!

The VIP Package


Reserved Seating

Reserved seating in any seat on the floor. Want to sit on the front row? Great. Prefer the aisle? Awesome. We will send you the venue map prior to our gathering so that you can choose your seat. This will be yours for the duration of the conference, no questions asked.

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VIP Lounge

In addition to us reserving a seat of your choice, you will also be given access to the VIP Lounge where you will be able to fuel up with drinks and snacks throughout the day. This is your opportunity to have a private meet and greet with some of the STORY presenters, as well as continued mingling with the STORY team.


To complete your experience you will receive special STORY swag that other attendees will not. You can expect for this to be some really great stuff, in typical STORY fashion.


If you have more questions, please email [email protected].

Why You Should Attend STORY


Learn from the best

You'll learn how companies like Disney use out-of-the-box creative techniques to drive their stories. Get a peek behind the curtain at their creative process as they work to tell some of the most well-known stories of our time.

Turn ideas into reality

Discover the universal techniques that the team at Chef’s Table used to take a simple idea like food and turn it into an Emmy-Nominated series.

Tap into your imagination

Hear how the costume designer of Black Panther helped transport audiences to the fictional world of Wakanda and how we can create the same experience for our audience.

Break through roadblocks

Learn how to adopt a mindset that will help us break through roadblocks and allow us and our team to dream bigger and be more productive than we ever have before.

Refresh your perspective

Walk away with a refreshed perspective on why our creative work matters and with daily action steps to keep our creative work on track.

Need help convincing your boss that you should be at STORY?

Book Your Stay in Nashville


Unfortunately both of our room blocks are now sold out. Please check out the surrounding hotels  or Air BnBs in or near downtown.

Thanks to Our Sponsors


Want to partner with STORY? Email [email protected] to begin a conversation today!

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