Connected: Across the Divide – Call for Workshops, Panels, and Master Classes


2021 NSN Virtual Conference & Festival
Connected: Across the Divide

Storytelling has been shown to be a powerful tool to help bridge differences with compassion and empathy. Stories help us see humanity in one another, understand motivations, and appreciate similarities. This July, we will be exploring all the ways that story and storytelling help us reach across the divides that separate us. We seek proposals that share the power of story to address our differences and celebrate our commonalities. Have you used story to address divides between cultures, races, ages, religions, political parties, or storytelling forms/styles? What about the divides within or between families, communities, or organizations? Can you speak to the divides created by this pandemic, including the distance between traditions of live performance and the demands and limitations of virtual delivery? Share your expertise in helping to reach across any divide – physical, emotional, psychological, or digital. We look forward to exploring these ideas with you.


July 21-25, 2021 NSN will bring together storytellers from all over the United States and the world!

Propose your best workshop, panel discussion, or master class that relates to the theme “Across the Divide.” Proposals for sessions about business and artistic skills will also be considered.

WHAT WE OFFER YOU: We will pay a flat fee of $250 for each workshop, regardless of the number of people presenting. Panel discussions will pay $100 per panelist for up to four (4) panelists. We will pay a flat fee of $500 for Master Classes, regardless of the number of people presenting. All presenters will also receive a 40% discount on a Connected package registration.

NSN will provide at least one (1) technical support person per session, and training to help you set up your home studio.

Each session will be recorded. Recordings will be made available to conference participants and will become part of NSN’s digital library for one (1) year, with copyright retained by the artist. The digital release is detailed below.


You are welcome to submit more than one (1) proposal, but can only be selected to present one (1) workshop, panel, or master class as a part of Connected. A presenter may present a workshop and perform in a showcase, provided separate proposals for both are submitted and selected. Participating in other NSN events outside of the conference does not prohibit participation in Connected.

Please be mindful that participants will be in front of a computer for a long time. Build in opportunities to move or step away from the computer whenever possible. For Master Classes, build in ample breaks of various lengths and be creative with giving your participants opportunities to engage with the content away from their screens. 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11:59 pm on Monday, May 10, 2021


Fill out the form below with all relevant information and attachments.

You will be notified of the results by June 1, 2021

You will receive a copy of your proposal via email after your submission is complete.

Please note: Partially complete submissions are not saved and there is no way to save your submission and return to complete it later. You must submit your complete proposal for your submission to be saved. Therefore, NSN is providing a draft submission form that can be used to prepare your submission prior to submitting a proposal on the live form below. NSN strongly encourages the use of this form or a word processing program in preparation for submitting any proposal.

Email with any questions not answered here.

Contact Information

Please note: NSN membership is not a requirement for proposal submission or acceptance
Note the limit of 100 words. Please include your background and ways that audience members can find you to hire you in the future (website, social media handle, etc).

Proposal Information

Provide a longer description of your session, including (in this order):

A: Who benefits from this session (who is your intended audience?)

B: Outline

C: Methods (lecture, group discussion, breakout rooms, pre-recorded video content, demonstration, performance, evaluation, Q&A, etc, with approximate percentage of time spent on each)

D: Interactivity/audience participation (as appropriate)

E: Hands-on activities (What will participants physically do during the session, if applicable?).

Evaluators will use this section to determine which proposals to accept. It will not be shared publicly. (limit 400 words)

Common Core Standards are available at

Please provide information about where and when you have presented this or a similar session. If possible, please provide contact information for people familiar with your work. Include their names, email addresses, and phone numbers, as well as the basis for their recommendation. If you have samples of your work available online, please include links and give us a context for the work.

I have read and agree to the NSN Recording Policy Agreement (available at

Typed Name (acting as online signature)

NSN’S Statement on Racism, Discrimination & Injustice

Storytelling has the power to promote and inspire dialogue for healing, to model courage and compassion, to caution and to build shared experience. NSN believes storytelling is made stronger by the inclusion of many voices and perspectives. We embrace the diversity in the storytelling community and stand with those demanding meaningful and sustainable change to counter racism, discrimination, and injustice. We acknowledge our own past failure to be as diverse and welcoming of the breadth of the storytelling community as justice provides and we would want to be. We condemn exclusion and the systemic racism historically embedded in our country and culture, and pledge to listen, learn, and act for justice and equity in our community.

Demographic Information (optional)

NSN is asking for demographic information to track our equity and diversity goals. This section is optional, but will help us better understand our members, performers and audience and track our progress in creating representative programming.

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