Crafting & Using Stories that Challenge the Status Quo: A Transformational Retreat for Nonprofit Storytellers

September 19, 2019 all-day
Bread Loaf Campus, Middlebury College
4229 VT-125
Ripton, VT 05766
Vermont Story Lab

Whether you’ve just started out as a storyteller, you’ve mastered the basics, or you’re a seasoned expert, you won’t want to miss the 2019 Vermont Story Lab Summit!

Learn how to craft compelling stories for your organization or project. Then take the next step of framing those powerful vignettes into cohesive narratives that motivate people to act.

Take a day at the idyllic Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College with some of Vermont’s finest nonprofit communicators and reflect upon how you’re doing.

– Pick up new story techniques to evolve your toolbox.
– Build a unified narrative for your project or org.
– Bask in excellent storytelling examples you can emulate.
– Learn to tell stories that support values of diversity, inclusion and equity.
– Bring your sidekick or team to build a culture of storytelling.
– Flesh out new story ideas that push the status quo.
– Rest your weary storytelling self with some restorative time.
– Meet folks from across the state who love story as much as you do!

We’ll be guided by Emmy-nominated producer, documentary filmmaker and journalist, Sarah Springer, of Los Angeles. She will focus on the theme, “Crafting and Using Story to Challenge the Status Quo.” Breakout labs will follow her morning and afternoon keynotes where we get to practice and learn from one another.

Sarah began her career at CNN where she reported stories about race and identity in America with Soledad O’Brien’s “In America” series and has since worked as a producer for ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS/60 Minutes and VICE Media. Additionally, she oversaw creative direction and production for immersive, branded and linear series for RYOT Media in New York and Los Angeles.

Currently, Sarah works as a creative director and producer in unscripted and scripted development for production companies and labs on the East and West coasts. She was voted one of the 28 most powerful black people in media by Blavity, and serves on the leadership council of an organization composed of more than 100 media leaders. She promotes inclusion in the media space through Advocates for Inclusion in Media, an organization she co-founded that works to create safe environments, community and advocacy for underrepresented people in the industry.