The Call for Proposals for the 2020 National Storytelling Conference is now closed. The program review committee will be reviewing all proposals submitted in the next couple of months. All submitters will be notified of their submission’s status by February 1, 2020.


The theme for the 2020 National Storytelling Conference is…

Empathy: The Storyteller’s Superpower
Alternative approaches to addressing our differences

We live in divided times where we can easily surround ourselves with only those who think and vote like us. Storytelling is a powerful antidote that helps us slow down, listen deeply, and engage emotionally. By telling and listening to stories with respect, we activate our hearts and minds. This year, in addition to sessions related to the art, craft, business, and applications of storytelling, we seek proposals that will help:

  • Develop empathy and use it to resolve conflicts,
  • Share powerful stories,
  • Practice active listening,
  • Connect across cultural divides,
  • Find common ground,
  • Communicate difficult material through story, and
  • Unleash your superpower!

If you have any questions, please contact the NSN office at or 1-800-525-4514.