The 2020 National Storytelling Conference Program Committee invites you to submit proposals for consideration for the 2020 National Storytelling Conference. Please read the information below before proceeding to the proposal submission form.

 

The theme for the 2020 National Storytelling Conference is…

Engagement Through Empathy
An alternative approach to addressing our differences

The socio-political polarization of America is epidemic. Many have reverted to offensive tactics aimed simply at enlisting others so their viewpoint prevails. Stories enable an alternative approach. By thoughtfully telling our stories and respecting the rights of others to tell their stories, we will demonstrate how empathy can be nurtured and how it can become a force for resolution – even for unexpected outcomes. To acknowledge the humanity of one with whom we disagree is the beginning of a process in which creative, constructive solutions can be surfaced, considered, refined, and agreed upon – all beginning with a willingness to listen respectfully.

A note from the Conference Program Committee: The wording of the theme may change before October 15, but the sentiment will remain the same.

 

NSN 2020 National Storytelling Conference

Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2019

Please note: your submission will not be saved until you click the "Submit Proposal" button below.


Selected applicants will be notified by January 30, 2020.


Conference Theme:

Engagement Through Empathy
An alternative approach to addressing our differences

The socio-political polarization of America is epidemic.  Many have reverted to offensive tactics aimed simply at enlisting others so their viewpoint prevails.  Stories enable an alternative approach. By thoughtfully telling our stories and respecting the rights of others to tell their stories, we will demonstrate how empathy can be nurtured and how it can become a force for resolution - even for unexpected outcomes.  To acknowledge the humanity of one with whom we disagree is the beginning of a process in which creative, constructive solutions can be surfaced, considered, refined, and agreed upon - all beginning with a willingness to listen respectfully.

Note: The majority of workshops at the conference will be presented by NSN members. If you would like to become an NSN member go to https://storynet.org/membership/.


Contact Information

Please include your active social media handles

(Note: The majority of workshops at the conference will be presented by NSN members. If you would like to become an NSN member, please go to https://storynet.org/membership/.)


Attendance


Submission Information

Please identify what format you plan to submit.

NOTE: If you are submitting the same topic in two different categories (workshop/intensive), you must submit two different proposals that clearly differentiate between the two. Note that you may only present one workshop per conference.


Participant Level

We seek to appeal to a variety of experience levels. Indicate which ONE your program is best designed for.


Co-Presenters

Submit all co-presenter names below as you wish them to appear in the program. Please include full name, email address, and website for each presenter.


Workshop Category

Indicate in which of the following categories your program fits. (Note: Not all workshops must have a direct theme connection.)


Promotion


Proposed Session Information

Title should be no more than 10 words in length; it will be published on the website and in the program book.
Your description will be utilized in the conference program and on the NSN conference website and should be designed to inform and entice attendees. Please be as descriptive as possible.

Relevance to the Theme

Briefly discuss how your session topic connects to the conference theme, or why it would be relevant, even if it doesn't connect to the theme.


Method

This section of the application is very important.

Prepare a concise outline of your session in 400 words or less.

The Program Review Committee will use this information to evaluate your proposal. Make your outline clear to someone who knows nothing about your workshop. Include numbers in your proposal to help reviewers. Share any information they may need to know to understand and evaluate your proposal. Make your outline as complete as possible. Be specific, clear, and concise.

Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

This section must include:

  1. Step-by-step outline of the information you will present and how you will present it.
  2. Define and/or fully describe terms that may be unfamiliar to the reviewer (i.e., jargon, acronyms, and technical terms).
  3. Explain how you will address the skill level you identified in the Participant Level section.

Presentation Modes: Which of the following modes will you incorporate in your presentation?


Audio-Visual

NSN does not automatically provide audio-visual equipment to presenters. Presenters must either provide their own audio-visual equipment or rent it at their own expense if they intend to use it during their presentation.

Note: if NSN is required to rent any equipment for your session, presenter(s) will be responsible for the rental fee.

Please clearly list all equipment you will use during this session, whether it is required or preferred, and which equipment you will provide yourself.

Room Set-up Requests

Please specify any room set-up requests you have to assist us in assigning an appropriate room for your presentation.

Note: Most workshop spaces are set up in either Theater or Classroom configurations. If there is not a significant number of workshops requesting other room set-ups, presenter(s) may need to reorganize the room and return it to its original orientation.

Please note: Late room configuration requests may not be able to be accommodated or may require an additional fee from the venue. Presenter(s) will be responsible for any additional fee(s) charged by the venue for late room configuration requests.


Resume


Media


Proposal Support

Please list the names, contact information (phone, email, website), and basis of reference for three references the committee may contact when reviewing your proposal. Ideal references would have seen you present this session or a similar session.

You may optionally include up to four supporting elements (e.g. links to prior presentations, videos, news articles, etc.)

Although proposal support is not a requirement, we strongly recommend providing any supporting elements that may assist the committee during the review process. The Program Review Committee does refer to this information when evaluating submissions.

Include supporting information in the box above. Alternatively you may also upload supporting documents below.


Electronic Signature

Please type your First and Last Name

Please note: submission is not saved until you click the "Submit Proposal" button on the next page. You must preview your submission first to ensure all information is correct before submitting your proposal.

Also note that the Program Review Committee is a group of volunteers who are not able to provide feedback on individual proposals. Selected applicants will be notified by January 30, 2020.

 

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