no longer & not yet


Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Nashville, Tennessee


Pre-Conference Workshops
September 18, 2019

September 19-20, 2019


Individual Tickets - $599*
VIP Tickets - $899
Group rates available
* - until Sept 19th

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what is it?

STORY 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.

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. Come discover a supportive community of forward-thinkers and visionaries who will champion you as you set out on creative endeavors. If you're innovating in an organization or part of a team, come regroup & redefine your process as you set out to push past your organizational goals, together.

Join 1,200+ Storytellers from Organizations Like:

"A fresh breath of air for anyone of any profession."

Molly Tindall
STORY 2018 Attendee

"You and your team have done for conferences what Walt Disney did for theme parks."

Isa Adney
STORY 2018 Attendee

"A slap to my conference cynicism."

Michael Margolis
STORY 2018 Attendee

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are you in liminal space?

Our theme for STORY 2019 is "Between no longer and not yet." We'll be having a conversation about the concept of liminal space and how to discover all of the magic, perspective, and creativity that can only be gained in the space between.

what to expect

Come learn from creative voices who have worked with companies like Nike and Disney, leading non-profits like Charity Water and the Koch Institute, and even entertainment power houses ranging from Kanye West to the hit Broadway show Hamilton. Each of these voices only achieved their level of success as storytellers through seasons of liminal space and leaning into the tension between the "no longer and not yet."

When you combine this level of expertise shared from the stage in an innovative atmosphere alongside immersive experiences with more than 1000 of your peers, the result is - transformation in your life and work.

How to Convince Your Boss That You Should Attend STORY

STORY 2019 is just a few months away, and we’ve been hearing from many of you that you want to attend, but you’re struggling to make it happen with work. We want to make sure that you can attend, so we’ve written a letter to present to your boss. All that you have to do is copy, paste, fill in the blanks, and press send.

We can’t wait to meet you in September!

Dear [supervisor’s name],

I’d like to request approval to attend STORY 2019 in Nashville, TN, on September 19th-20th, 2019.

Let me give you a little background on why STORY:

STORY is an uncommon creative community that believes that everything is a story, and everyone is a storyteller. The flagship event in Nashville 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. You can see for yourself at:

In between sessions, I’ll have the chance to network and share ideas with more than 1,000 storytellers and creative minds from around the world. They come from companies like Disney, Apple, Google, Capital One, IBM, StubHub, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Hasbro, Inc. We’re always exploring opportunities to improve our marketing and storytelling abilities – and this conference will help us do just that.

Here’s what I am confident I’ll learn:

More than 20 creative industry leaders will be taking the stage over the course of two days to bestow their wisdom and experience onto the attendees. Here are just a few things that I will learn:

  • Learn how industry giants from Disney to National Geographic use out-of-the-box creative techniques to drive their stories and create cutting edge content both on screen and in print.
  • Discover how we can push past boundaries and make a name for ourselves from legendary writers and business leaders hailing from Fortune 500 companies.
  • Engage in creative collaboration with fellow attendees and industry leaders that will help cultivate fresh perspective, tolerance, and out-of-the-box thinking.
  • 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.
  • Walk away with a refreshed perspective on why our creative work matters and with daily action steps to keep our creative work on track.

Because of everything I’ll learn, I am confident I will be able to apply my knowledge to the projects I am currently working on, such as:

  • [Enter project here]
  • [Enter project here]
  • [Enter project here]

Here’s the breakdown on costs:

  • Tickets: $499 (or cheaper per person if we take our team!)
  • Travel & hotel: [enter travel cost here]

Total: [enter total cost here]

This conference rate is only available until July 1st and the discounted hotel rate is first come, first served, so we’ll get a better deal the sooner I can register.

Thanks for considering my request!

[Enter name]

Become a better storyteller by learning how to:

  • Define and identify the current space you’re in and create the launch pad for what’s next
  • Define hindrances and name the fear that is keeping you from what is next
  • Better understand your level of emotional intelligence and be more engaged with yourself and the world around you
  • Take your collaboration to another level, leading to better end products and more powerful stories
  • Go from mediocrity to mastery by learning ways to move the needle in your craft
  • Realize the potential for the growth we carry and tell stories that paint the future
  • And so much more...
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Linda Woolverton Renowned Screenwriter, Playwright, and Novelist
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Ken Black Former Senior Creative Director, Nike & Olympics
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Erin Gruwell Writer, Educator, & Subject of the film Freedom Writers
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Floyd Norman Legendary Disney Animator
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Chris Bobotis Former Director of Immersive, Adobe
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Thaniya Keereepart Head of Product, Patreon & TED
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Jon Acuff New York Times Best-Selling Author
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Meera Patel Artist and Best-Selling Author
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Seth Worley Award Winning Film Maker for JJ Abrams, Red Giant, & More
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Chris Petescia Brand Experience Designer for Rolex, New York Yankees & More
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Jinahie Poet, Performance Artist & Activist
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Brad Montague Creator of Kid President & Founder of Montague Workshop
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Meta Wagner Writer & Beloved Professor
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Miles Adcox Emotional Health Advocate & CEO/Owner of Onsite Workshops
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Gillian Ferrabee Creative Veteran from Cirque du Soleil & Founder of Kite Parade
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Ben Von Wong Photographer, Activist, & “Branded Content Mastermind”
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Michael Margolis CEO, Storied, Advisor to Silicon Valley
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Okorie Johnson Unique Musical Artist
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Apollo Robbins The Gentleman Thief
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Jeff Hall Legendary Choreographer for Cirque du Soleil & More
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Ekansh Tambe Aspiring Photographer & Storyteller
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Blake Wylie Unique Tintype Photographer
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David Paull Founder & CEO of Engagious & Dialsmith
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More to come... We’ve always got surprises up our sleeves!

In the spirit of continuing to offer you opportunities to learn and be inspired on a deeper level, we are excited to offer additional breakouts from main stage presenters, as well as these amazing individuals.

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Pei Ketron Photographer and Educator
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Chrislyn Choo Filmmaker, Photographer & Writer
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Jackie Dryden Author, Creative Director & Advertising Hall of Famer
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Jesse Oxford Founder & Creative Director of OX Creative
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Jenifer Westphal President of Wavelength Productions & EP of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
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Ben Stewart Co-Founder of Louder Agency
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Joe Plummer Producer for Wavelength Productions
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Erik Iversen Facilitator of Presence & Embodied Leadership
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Jason Jaggard Executive Coach & CEO of Novus Global

More than the main stage...

At STORY, everybody is a somebody and sometimes your most meaningful insights may come from the discussions you have with those around you.

In fact, each year over half of our speaker line up comes from within the STORY community. Many of today's a-list speakers were sitting in the audience last year. You never know who you're going to meet.

STORY 2018 is what my team needed to recognize their inner weirdness and embrace it. Our work continues to grow as a result of what we took away from this experience.
Lauren Ready STORY 2018 Attendee

Guys, I still can’t find all the words… but I imagine that what you sit in meetings hoping to create, what you hope happens inside of an attendee, is exactly what happened in me. I feel full on bonkers. You wouldn’t believe me how much so many moments connected directly with my life. And because I have helped create thousands of meetings, services, performances, and events, I get it. I get the admin, the production team, the decor team, the arranging speakers, the time, the details, the heart, the passion, and the hope you carry in your hearts to see people grow from the experience you’re creating.

Greg Varney STORY 2018 Attendee

What happens in this place is uncommon and awe-inspiring. Thank you, thank you, thank you for showing up in the unique way that each member of your staff does — STORY has assembled a team of badass humans.

Katie Dunbar STORY 2018 Attendee

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what's happening?


Pre-Conference Workshops Throughout the Day.

Multiple Sessions available at 9am.



8:30am Session 1: Between no longer and not yet

10:45am Session 2: Between fearful and courageous

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Breakout Experience 1

2:00pm Breakout Experience 2

3:30pm Session 3: Between awake and aware


8:30am Session 4: Between alone and together

10:45am Session 5: Between mediocrity and mastery

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Breakout Experience 3

2:30pm Session 6: Between ________ and ________

4:30pm Dismissal / After Party


Join us in Nashville on Wednesday, September 18th, 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 opportunity to advance your skillset as a storyteller, connect with others with similar interests, and gain more exclusive access to a leading creative influencer before the conference officially begins.

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Individual Tickets


Group rates available
* - Until Sept 19th

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VIP Tickets


VIP boxes available
* - Very limited supply

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All tickets to STORY 2019 are sold out! Join the waitlist and get notified if more tickets become available.

May 1: $399
July 1: $499
Sept 6: $599
At the door: $699

VIP Perks

To get the most access to everything that STORY has to offer, consider our VIP Experience! You will have continual access to the speakers and artists that share from our stage in our VIP Lounge, as well as access to other elite teams and individuals in the lounge area where you can meet, chat, and collaborate.

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VIP Perks

We know your time is valuable, so don’t spend your conference time searching for a seat, waiting in line, or hunting down coffee and snacks. The VIP Experience makes all of this a breeze with pre-conference seat selection and our lounge where you can get caffeinated and grab snacks. We take the extra step to make sure you are in-the-know and can get to any conference extras with our hosting team that is just for you. Don’t miss out on anything that STORY 2019 has in store, and secure your VIP Experience tickets today!

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Want to partner with STORY?

STORY is imagined and produced by Istoria......part consultancy, part creative agency, Istoria is a Collective of artists, dreamers, strategists and storytellers who overcome challenges and solve big problems by establishing new narratives with the vision of being the most positive and disruptive force for transforming the future through the power of story. Want to partner with us? Email [email protected] to begin a conversation about partnership today!

frequently asked

No, unfortunately STORY tickets are non-refundable.

In order to continue the magic at STORY, we do not share a schedule of when each speaker is on stage. We’ve found most attendees leave most inspired by a talk from a speaker who wasn’t even on their radar!

The high-level schedule is on our site and can be found here.

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

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.

Pre-conference tickets are not included in the price.

Unfortunately all of these workshops last all day, so you will not be able to attend more than one workshop.

We love surprising our attendees with 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.

Yes! We have partnered with four hotels within walking distance to the venue. Information is available on the STORY page here.

There is free parking available at Nissan 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.

We do offer discounted rates to undergraduate students! Please email [email protected] to learn more.

STORY cannot happen without an army of volunteers, and we would love to have your help!

Click here to complete the Volunteer Application.

STORY wouldn’t exist without the support of our incredible partners! Please email [email protected] so we can begin a conversation about what it might look like to partner together!

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