Story Gatherings | Nashville, Tennessee

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.

All workshops will last all day on Wednesday. You will only be able to attend one. 

Deep Creativity: How to Find Your True Voice, Get Unstuck, and Access the Brilliance Already Inside of You


If you have ever thought of writing anything, this workshop is for you.

My name is Allison and I meet people all the time who have thought of writing something but talk themselves out of it because they aren’t sure they’re a “real” writer or they’re worried no one will ever read it (or they’re worried somebody will read it) or because they wonder if the whole thing might be a waste of time.

What they don’t realize is these are the same fears shared by even the most accomplished writers. Writers you know. Writer who have written pieces you hold dear to your heart—the ones you know and love and read again and again.

What if a piece of writing like that is buried inside of you, but you never wrote it because you worried you weren’t a “real” writer?

What does it mean to be a “real” writer anyway?

If you have an idea for a poem, a story, a book, a play, a screenplay, or even a love letter that you’d like to write but you’re not sure where to start, let me help.

Key Takeaways

  • How to know whether your idea is a good one.
  • Which idea to start with.
  • Exactly why so many writers get stuck before they start, or stuck very early in the project, and how to get yourself out of this rut
  • How putting words on a page can create tangible change your life: your relationships, your bank account, your confidence and even your mood.
  • The brain trick that will help you write something truly profound and life-changing

Allison Fallon

Allison is a thought-provoking, honest and engaging speaker who is comfortable speaking to audiences both large and small. Allison has written and published 10+ books, coached hundreds of writers, developed multiple writing curriculums, and has authored her own book called Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage.

The Extraordinary Mindset: Meta Performance


For the past two year's Jason's breakout sessions have been overflowing and have often been said to be a favorite moment by many STORY attendees. So, we decided it was time to give you guys the opportunity to spend a full day with him.

What do Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa have in common? They were artists as well as activists, using the canvass of their lives and leadership to change the story of the entire world. All four of these leaders also shared a particular way of seeing the world, a worldview that unleashed their art and creative activism.

Come spend a day with Jason Jaggard where he and his team will unpack the 6 core elements of this extraordinary mindset shared by people who shape the world. Through his signature rapid-fire teaching and tailored interaction to your specific life circumstances, you’ll walk away with tactical tools to change your worldview, and change the world.

Key Takeaways

  • A new way of seeing yourself and the world around you.
  • Practical tools for increasing your output and impact.
  • Strategies for self-leadership to get out of creative ruts.
  • A framework for creating relationships that unleash potential.
  • And so much more!

Jason Jaggard

Jason is an internationally sought after coach, speaker and author. He is the CEO of an elite executive coaching firm helping leaders and companies take new ground in personal mastery, large scale organizational change, and high performance. Jason has worked with a variety of organizations across the country such as NBC Universal, Chick-Fil-A, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Starbucks.

The Wonder Workshop


Following STORY 2016, we invited Brad Montague help us with The Wonder Workshop, a full-day of exploration, collaboration and of course, wonder. We started with Nashville. It sold out. We added Chicago. It sold out. We went to Los Angeles, then Denver, and before you know it, hundreds of storytellers across the country had found their wonder work. Since that time, Brad has been busy. REALLY busy. So the Wonder Workshop tour came to an end. Until now…

Back by popular demand, this is your chance to participate in what others have said to be “Refreshing and everything they needed to finish their creative project.”

During this one day workshop you will learn how to create work that connects with an audience and your core values, overcome creative fatigue, writer’s block and other obstacles you may face and build a community around the story that you’re telling.

Key Takeaways

  • A refreshed perspective on why your creative work matters.
  • Daily action items to keep your creative projects on track.
  • A renewed motivation to start all of those ideas that you have.
  • Tangible tools that can be applied to your work and life.
  • New friends to cheer you on in your journey.
  • And so much more!

Brad Montague

Brad is the creative genius behind viral sensation, Kid President, as featured on Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake. Brad is a writer, director, and father who is on a mission to make media and experiences that are full of wisdom, wonder and whimsy.

Discover Who You Are Through the Wisdom of the Enneagram


As artists and storytellers we create from deep places and our work is a reflection of who we are. But if we don’t know who we are, what does that say about our work?

The Enneagram is an ancient body of wisdom that identifies nine core personality types and describes how each sees and interacts with the world. By challenging us to bravely explore who we really are, the Enneagram helps us recognize and overcome self- defeating patterns of behavior and to become our most authentic selves.

Imagine finally getting clarity about who you really are, insight into how others see and experience you, acquiring tools to make wiser decisions, and strengthen your relationships at home and in the workplace.

Research has shown that the key predictor of success among leaders in the workplace is self-awareness. That’s why companies like The Discovery Channel, Ramsey  Solutions, Motorola and others are turning to the Enneagram to help their leaders grow in their understanding of themselves and others. 

Key Takeaways

  • Learn practical tools to help you cultivate self-awareness and social intelligence through the wisdom of the Enneagram.
  • Learn to break free from the wheel of your self-defeating patterns of acting, thinking, and feeling.
  • Acquire the ability to see and appreciate the different ways other people see and experience the world, and how to better communicate with them.
  • Learn how you habitually and mindlessly react to life so you can start to consciously and mindfully respond to it.
  • Dramatically improve the way you work, lead, and care for the important people in your life

Ian Morgan Cron

Ian is a bestselling author, psychotherapist, Enneagram teacher, Episcopal priest, and the host of the popular podcast, Typology. Known for his transparency, humor and depth of insight into the inner workings of the human heart and mind, Ian uses the Enneagram personality-typing system as a tool to help leaders cultivate self-awareness and emotional wisdom. He is a sought-after speaker, thinker and advisor to a growing roster of clients such as the Discovery Channel, Ramsey Solutions, and the Michael Hyatt Company, among others.

Brainstorming 101: Strategies for Creative Direction from Product to Market


If you know STORY, then you know that we love to emphasize the importance of play in our creative work. When Hasbro, Inc. came to us wanting to share their creative process, we knew that we had to listen.

This is a workshop for communicators and creatives alike to help ideate from the ground up and find meaningful product-to-market expressions for new concepts and ideas.

As creative experts in a demanding corporate world, this will provide a deep-dive into the quick and dirty process of creative ideation on a tight deadline. Without sacrificing innovation, we will work through the most efficient methods possible to create, collaborate, and deliver new and insightful contributions to a variety of teams, clients, and consumers.

Key Takeaways

  • A start-to-finish original product-to-market concept.
  • Strategies for brainstorming/namestorming at various stages of the creative process.
  • An understanding of the Big 5 personality matrix.
  • Understanding of brand promise and brand positioning.
  • A darn good time.

Shannon Curley

As lead writer on action brands at Hasbro, Inc., Shannon Curley is well-versed in creative ideation and content creation from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away to the ultimate present-day assembling of heroes. Shannon has worked at Hasbro since 2014 and brings a background in English Literature, Women’s Studies, and Creative Writing to her role as brand storyteller on the Creative Development Studios team. In addition to her responsibilities in creating packaging, instructions, and e-commerce copy, Shannon also works with branding teams to provide story, tone, and media content. 

So, You Want To Give A Talk?


Changemakers, storytellers, leaders and creators: perhaps “the stage” is calling you, or perhaps you’ve avoided this oft-dreaded craft, though you know it’s a powerful and impactful art form. Either way, if we want to have an impact we'll find ourselves up front - and we’ll want it to matter, resonate, connect and transform. Of course! But, speaking can wreak havoc on even the most experienced among us. It’s an “out of body experience" - elicits 7th-grade like self-doubt - and makes us suddenly wonder what on earth our hands are for.

And yet - our messages, missions and milestones ask us to step into that space and meet the moment. But how? Are there “secrets” to this art form? How do the experts make it look so easy? In this workshop, we’ll dig into how and why audiences are moved, illuminate key speaking truths that will help unlock your own ability to speak with connection, clarity, authenticity and courage - and watch as a few brave speakers get coached by Sally and up-level their talks right in front of our eyes.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify your speaking “superpower” - and how you can utilize it more.
  • Assess your "speaking mindset” and liberate the joyful speaker within.
  • Reveal the most essential tool in developing and clarifying your authentic voice.
  • Discover how to create good audience “juju” that can change the trajectory of your talk.
  • Develop and practice a key difference between a moving story - and an un-moving one.
  • Experience live coaching and speaker transformation: watch, learn and cheer as a few brave speakers share parts of their talk, receive Sally’s coaching, and make a few small adjustments that make a big difference.

Sally Koering Zimney

Sally Koering Zimney is a presentation and speaking coach with over two decades of experience working with purpose-driven change-makers and leaders from across the world to help transform their approach to speaking, thereby transforming their audiences.

Her STORY 2017 breakout was one of the most talked about moments from last year's conference, so we can't wait for you to learn from her during this full-day workshop.

Think You Have An Eye?


Is having a great body of work enough in this day and age? Is there something out there that can tip the scale and change the way others view your photography?

Join a small group at a Nashville studio to learn the ins and outs of all things lighting, framing, working with a variety of subjects, and telling a story through your photos. Leave with some work to share as part of your portfolio!

Celebrity photographer, Allen Clark regularly teaches workshops that costs thousands of dollars, but this a chance to invest in your work at a fraction of the cost.

*Must have your own camera (these are easily rented if you don't own one).

Key Takeaways

  • Discover what settings work no matter what situation you're in.
  • Learn how to determine the best angle for the shot you're envisioning.
  • Acquire the skills to fix lighting in any space.
  • Learn how to shoot things that you aren't used to - time to get outside of your comfort zone!
  • And so much more!

Allen Clark

Allen is a commercial and advertising photographer based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is consistently rated one of the best photographers in the country. His work can be seen on music album covers, magazines, and countless celebrity and company websites. Allen’s celebrity photography clients include: President George H. Bush, President George W. Bush, Peyton Manning, Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty), Si Robertson (Duck Dynasty), Rick Ross, Nicole Kidman, Beyonce, Sir Elton John, Julian Assange, Sir George Martin, James Earl Jones, Norah Jones, Justin Timberlake, Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite, Dave Matthews, Ludacris, Juicy J & Kid President!

Only 40 Seats Available